November 25, 2014How Beauty Feels
Not looks, feels…
I think THIS is fascinating, but if you don't have 17 minutes right now, here's the key point:
"Beauty is incredibly difficult to do and only a few people can do it, and a focus group cannot do it, and a team rarely can do it."
I know there is value in listening to outside opinions sometimes, but I also know that nothing remarkable, nothing beautiful, has ever been created by committee.
Your station is your creation. It's your responsibility to design it to be beautiful every time we listen.
And beauty is about feeling.
Beauty is not about logic and rules and pleasing your VP of Programming.
November 18, 2014Life's Autumns
Our world tilts a bit these days. When my mom, who is 89, could still visit, a few years ago now, I would always take her over Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain Park, so she could see the Fall colors, which were resplendent. It's the highest continuous paved road ...
November 11, 2014Welcome To McDonalds
There's nothing wrong with liking McDonald's burgers. You know exactly what you're going to get, whether you place your order in Cleveland or L.A. That's part of what has made McDonald's so successful. But for those of you who don't want a generic burger, who want to ...
November 4, 2014How Might We?
I read a blog early this year by Edward Boches at Creativity Unbound. Like Seth Godin, he's one of the people you should follow and read regularly because he always makes you think. Anyway, the point of the blog was the importance of asking the right questions. He ...
October 28, 2014Come To The Edge
The French poet, Guillaume APOLLINAIRE, wrote a poem about a conversation between God and man: "Come to the edge, He said. They said, No. We are afraid. Come to the edge, He said. They said, No! We are afraid! Come to the edge! He said. They came. He pushed them... ... ...
October 21, 2014Your New Reality Show
YOU are the executive producer and star... Radio, as a profession, has been changing in the U.S. since the mid-1980s and the rise of consolidation. From that viewpoint, what's happening today is neither sudden nor unexpected. Still, worldwide events that began with the ...
October 14, 2014You're The Best!
What do you do better than anyone else in the world? Okay then, what do you do better than anyone else in your town? If you can't think of one thing you do better than everyone else you compete with, you're in the wrong field. Because, frankly, there's no reason to ...
October 7, 2014Creative Destruction
We need more, not less. Creation often requires destruction. I didn't make that up; it's part of the laws of the physical universe. Life itself comes from the stuff of dying stars, exploding suns. After forests burn, new life emerges on the forest floor that nurtures ...
September 30, 2014The Waking
We learn by going where we have to go… "I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow. I feel my fate in what I cannot fear. I learn by going where I have to go. We think by feeling. What is there to know? I hear my being dance from ear to ear. I wake to ...
September 23, 2014Living In Fear
Is this who you want to be? Most of us spend our lives in fear. Fear of failure. Fear of the unknown. Fear of loss, fear of death. Fear that we won't measure up when tested. Fear that if people know us as we really are, they won't like us. Even those we are supposed ...