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July 2016
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Canvas Notes

Achilles Heel

AchillesHeel

In the classic comedy, “Caddyshack,” Carl Spackler (Bill Murray) suggested to Ty Webb (Chevy Chase) that if he simply cut Judge Smails’ (Ted Knight) Achilles, he would never be able to make a proper golf swing. Everything would get pushed to the right. Similarly, if you don’t address your Achilles heel, you paralyze your ability to grow.

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Canvas Notes

Saintly

Saintly

While I live a fairly minimalistic life, I have a few possessions that are particularly dear to me, like the iPad Pro I just bought. It is an amazing tool and, if you damaged it, I would have a hard time forgiving you.

They say if you forgive someone seven times, you are a saint. But in today’s world, if we get crossed, the easiest thing to do is to hold a grudge, and possibly exact some revenge.

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Communication

Taking the plunge – Diving into tough conversations

TakingThePlunge

It inevitably happens – at some point, somewhere, and in some way, you will have to have a difficult conversation with an employee or client. There’s really no way around it. Whether it’s giving not-so-positive feedback or broaching a sensitive issue, tough conversations have to happen.

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Canvas Notes

Shelf-Life

ShelfLife

Technology has a short shelf-life. Take, for example, a commercial a couple years ago where a woman buys a 3D TV, only to walk outside and see a truck drive by with a billboard promoting a new 4D TV. The look of bewilderment on her face is eerily similar to the feeling many of us have about our industry.

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Canvas Notes

The Distance

TheDistance

I rarely get to watch a movie, but last weekend I sat down on my couch for the first time in what seemed like forever. After doing a little search, I came across “The Big Short,” starring Steve Carrell, Brad Pitt and Christian Bale. The story, which is true and all-too-familiar to many of us, is set in 2008, when Wall Street guru Michael Burry realized that a number of subprime home loans were in danger of defaulting. Burry and others ended up betting against the housing market by throwing more than $1 billion of his investors’ money into credit default swaps.

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Forward

Foward

My daughter couldn’t sleep the other night due to the Orlando massacre news coverage. She is as sensitive as most kids, and this horrific event shook even the sturdiest of adults to their core. So, I gave her a pass and let her jump into bed with mama.

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Business

Designing Business – Best practices for building your creative brand

DesigningBusiness

Painting. Photography. Gardening. Hunting. How about raising honeybees? There’s no one answer to how designers can best stir their creative juices and stoke their inspirational fires.

That’s because regardless of the common vocation they share, designers still are individuals, says Kristian Andersen, partner of Indianapolis-based High Alpha, a company that conceives, launches and scales next-generation enterprise cloud companies through the application of business strategy, world-class design and product development.

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Perspective

Who You Gonna Call – Dialing in on what it means to be a printer in the digital age

WhoYouGonnaCall

In one famous scene from the 1984 blockbuster “Ghostbusters,” Harold Ramis’ character, Egon, declared to his flirtatious secretary that “print is dead.” The joke worked because Egon was such a nerd, who then proudly announced to the woman who was hitting on him that he collected molds and spores as a hobby.

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Sales

The Winning Hand – 7 easy tips to sell more

WinningHand

Sometimes, reaching the next level of success is easier than you think. All you need is to tweak a tactic, make a small adjustment or try a new approach. Small actions can have a big impact, so find a tip that fits and start using it in the next 24 hours. Here are seven tips that can help get you going:

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Perspective

Legacy – Building something that lasts

Legacy

“You’ve got to start with the customer experience and work back toward the technology – not the other way around.” – Steve Jobs

Mint is the master of all things financial. The personal budgeting app makes managing your personal finances a cinch by automatically pulling all of your financial information into one place. Everything right in front of you – on any device.

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