Reblogged: Seth’s Blog: The warning signs of defending the status quo

From Seth Godin’s blog:

The warning signs of defending the status quo

When confronted with a new idea, do you:

Consider the cost of switching before you consider the benefits?

Highlight the pain to a few instead of the benefits for the many?

Exaggerate how good things are now in order to reduce your fear of change?

Undercut the credibility, authority or experience of people behind the change?

Grab onto the rare thing that could go wrong instead of amplifying the likely thing that will go right?

Focus on short-term costs instead of long-term benefits, because the short-term is more vivid for you?

Fight to retain benefits and status earned only through tenure and longevity?

Embrace an instinct to accept consistent ongoing costs instead of swallowing a one-time expense?

Slow implementation and decision making down instead of speeding it up?

Embrace sunk costs?

Imagine that your competition is going to be as afraid of change as you are? Even the competition that hasn’t entered the market yet and has nothing to lose…

Emphasize emergency preparation at the expense of a chronic and degenerative condition?

Compare the best of what you have now with the possible worst of what a change might bring?

Calling it out when you see it might give your team the strength to make a leap.

via Seth’s Blog: The warning signs of defending the status quo.



Dave Pell’s Addictomatic Launches

My buddy Dave Pell, of Rollyo and Davenetics fame, launched Addict-o-matic yesterday.  Addict-o-matic is an innovative yet simple to use news aggregator meant to give you a very quick snapshot of what’s going on based on a search term / topic.  Dave describes it as a service that:

… searches the best live sites on the web for the latest news, blog posts, videos and images. It’s the perfect tool to keep up with the hottest topics, perform ego searches and feed your addiction for what’s up and what’s now.

I’ve been beta testing it for a bit, and I really like how it doesn’t require login credentials even when customizing.  Rather, it creates a unique URL you can share with friends.  You can also choose which sources you want displayed including search results.

Techcrunch reviewed it and said:

Addictomatic sports a very clean and manageable layout – a necessity given the amount of information it throws at you. Users can add, remove, and rearrange the location of each headline feed, and layouts can be saved by simply creating a bookmark. The site is also offering plugins to integrate Addictomatic into browser search fields.

The very smart Seth Godin agrees:

It’s pretty simple. It gives you a popurls type view of the web for any search term you can imagine. Nicely done.

Definitely worth checking out @