The End (and the Beginning)

by Brian on January 27, 2013

I’m not planning to post to this blog ( anymore. Instead, I’ve started blogging at my business site Shea Consulting, LLC. Hope to see you over there!

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Gone Fishin’

by Brian on June 17, 2012

There’s lot of exciting stuff coming up, and I’m going to take a short break from posting for the next few weeks. In the meantime, here are a few of my favorite posts:

If you’re not in the mood for business technology-related articles, check out this clip of one of my favorite music performances: Miles Davis’ Second Great Quintet playing All Blues

Be back soon!

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Steve Jobs Didn’t Build Computers…

June 14, 2012

…he changed the way that we interact with information. Howard Schultz doesn’t sell coffee. He provides luxury to anyone with $3 to spend. It helps to know the reason why behind the work. Related PostsWhy I Work Telling stories is hard Is your project more exciting than watching corn grow? Requirements Docs are Boring My [...]

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QUOTE: “This is my job!”

June 13, 2012

“You know, I think the people who think crowd-funding is begging are the same people you see yelling at me to get a job when I was a street performer…And I was standing there thinking ‘I’m doing my job, this is my job!’ So I don’t see it as begging at all.” -Amanda Palmer Related [...]

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“All Accounting Software Sucks…”

June 12, 2012

I love the marketing copy from Less Accounting: “All small business accounting software sucks, we just suck the least.” It’s a smart way to help customers relate to the product. Less Accounting clearly understands that lots of small business owners don’t like to manage their books. And no matter how great the accounting software is, [...]

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Quote: “it would be an incomplete life if it were just reading”

June 11, 2012

I write, and I know the difference between the experience of writing and the experience of just reading. I love to do both. But it would be an incomplete life if it were just reading. and maybe it’s just the way my head works, but I feel like I don’t understand the world until I [...]

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Quote: Zappos Core Values

June 8, 2012

1. Deliver WOW Through Service 2. Embrace and Drive Change 3. Create Fun and A Little Weirdness 4. Be Adventurous, Creative, and Open-Minded 5. Pursue Growth and Learning 6. Build Open and Honest Relationships With Communication 7. Build a Positive Team and Family Spirit 8. Do More With Less 9. Be Passionate and Determined 10. [...]

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What’s behind the work?

June 7, 2012

I recently came across a couple of excellent pieces about finding personal meaning in business. One is an article by political writer David Brooks and one is an interview of business professor Clayton Christensen. When I think of professional work that is inherently meaningful, I think of non-profit work, religious work, medicine, teaching. But most [...]

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This is Broken!

June 5, 2012

The bad product design of a simple $8 thermometer. You can find similarly bad design at the Good Experience blog, This is (Still) Broken, Seth Godin’s This is Broken talk. Note: I mentioned in the video that you could upload your own examples of bad design at the This is Broken website. It looks like [...]

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Do you have 5 hours per week?

May 31, 2012

Here’s a conversation I’ve had a bunch of times over the past few months: I’m brainstorming project ideas with a friend; ideas for a new blog, new business, new project at work, etc. And inevitably the topic of time comes up: there’s not enough of it. At this point, I usually suggest investing 5 hours [...]

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