each blade of grass
vies for attention.
carry tiny blossoms
to astonish us.
- Marianne Poloskey
We've waited long enough. It's time to wake up and astonish people in order to get our businesses and our economy growing again. Sadly, I know a lot of smart people at organizations large and small who remain curled up in their comfy nests, hoping that the marketplace will miraculously return to them.
Many have had their budgets cut, and their people are frightened and disengaged. The competitive environment (status quo) is putting pressure on their margins and, in many cases, their very survival. The resulting effect is similar to what happens to people drowning in icy water; they're gradually losing their dexterity, will and consciousness.
Astonishment is the way out of the downward spiral.
Astonishment is about empathy, creativity and experimentation. It’s about turning people on to an idea and bringing it to life for their benefit, and for yours. It’s about developing and stimulating the use of new products and services, as well as the sharing of novel ideas. It's about discovery.
Astonishment is a hunger fed. It's an itch unexpectedly scratched. It’s your obsession with figuring out how to captivate people. It’s about waking up and breaking out of the limiting cycle of best practices, benchmarking, and other forms of ho-hum imitation.
Marketplace success is about uniqueness and passion. It's a by-product of novel ideas that unlock people’s hearts and minds; ideas that astonish and stimulate desire.
Churchill said it best, "The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences."
Don't think. You've thought long and hard enough. Thinking is now your enemy. Instead, do what you know you need to do.
"You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down." - Ray Bradbury
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