13 03, 2019

Educated entrepreneurs in the US down by almost half

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The numbers of educated entrepreneurs has dropped significantly.

“1992 4.0 percent of 25- to 54-year-olds with an advanced degree (beyond a bachelor’s) were entrepreneurs. By 2017 this rate had fallen to 2.2 percent”

– http://www.hamiltonproject.org/charts/the_entrepreneurship_rate_has_fallen_by_almost_half_for_workers_with_a_bach

I am fascinated because in my world it seems like there are so many startups. I had no idea that it is declining so much.

12 03, 2019

What do you know about your customers?

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Are you listening to their complaints? Perhaps you are doing questionnaires and interviews? How much do you believe what people say? If you are writing an article or a story, what people say it’s very important. What people say is less important if you are creating a solution for their problems?

I exercise a lot and save twice as much as I used to. So do you believe that is what I do or is it a good story that I tell myself… and you?

If you observe my daily activities you will observe that I am sitting for almost 10 hours or more and sleeping just as long. So I have less than 6 hours each day doing other things. There seems to be a half an hour available free time.

By observing me you will find out more about what I actually do and not just what I want you to think I do.

By observing your customers you will see all the things they do around your product or service that you never knew. There may be an opportunity in the adjacent activities. You will also see all of the work arounds that are done just to complete her job.

11 03, 2019

Why is hard to remember that number you were given?

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Working memory is fairly small. If you do not have something to connect it with, you can remember 7 +/- 2 chunks of information.

Think about a number like 3425936547546.

Remembert that number.

Now if I took that number and put it into smaller chunks it would be much easier to remember:

342- 593 -654 -7546

Think about that the next time you ask a person to remember a list before doing something. It is a lot easier to do if you chunk it in a familiar way.

10 03, 2019

Put your land into a trust, private conservation

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SVT just had a successful event to raise money to help conserve and provide stewardship to local land.

“Sudbury Valley Trustees works to protect natural areas and farmland for wildlife and people in the 36 communities that surround the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers.”

Private land conservation is an excellent way to keep beautiful land where you live. Check out your local land trusts.

8 03, 2019

Binary opposition: sympathy vs empathy

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From the Greek pathos …

Sympathy is “commiseration, pity, or feelings of sorrow for someone else who is experiencing misfortune. ”

Empathy is “the capacity or ability to imagine oneself in the situation of another, experiencing the emotions, ideas, or opinions of that person.”

– dictionary.com

There is a lot of talk about empathy these days. Talk about design based on empathy and businesses having and supporting empathy with employees.

Somewhere along the lines I missed the change in the definition of these two words.

I looked up definitions, articles, videos and talks in sympathy and empathy. There seems to be many definitions.

I always assumed this definition: “Empathy is the ability to experience the feelings of another person. It goes beyond sympathy, which is caring and understanding for the suffering of others. ”

– diffen.com

My son was born with empathy. He always could feel your emotions and would react almost as a reflection.

My daughter was born with natural sympathy. She instinctually knew what you needed and how to take care of it.

With the current definitions that people are using I have lost the word that describes feeling someone else’s emotions. My daughter now has empathy and my son has ???

The definition of sympathy seems to have morphed into the definition of pity.

So during this process of looking up definitions I learned a lot.

  • Language is very fluid
  • It does not matter what I think the meaning of a word is when everyone else uses it differently
  • My discomfort with the use of the word empathy in design circles and business was because the meaning changed
  • People make videos about these two words all the time
  • Empathy is a fad right now
  • Empathy is now what I thought sympathy was and sympathy has become another word for pity
7 03, 2019

Choice: Hick’s law: the more options you have, the longer it takes to make a decision

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Wow. That sure sounds obvious. If you have more to decide from it takes longer to make a decision.

Specifically Hick’s law determined that with a list of equal choices that are ordered logically, the time to search and find the item of interest increased logarithmically (not linearly).

So if you want a person to make a decision quickly, consider the number of choices that you expose.

For further reading:

Interaction Design Foundation

6 03, 2019

Best way to teach is to do and review.

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While listening to a fireside chat by Ken Exner the GM of builder tools at Amazon, he was taking about bringing his teams up to speed. While there does exist some basic, standard training classes, Ken mentions a better way. The best way to teach is to do and review.

Give a person an assignment. Have them do the work and then review with them. Experts ensure the learning and the company way by spending the time reviewing and teaching. The teams do the work, not the architecture or security experts.

– Ken Exner GM of builder tools at Amazon
Amazon Tools Talk

5 03, 2019

Let’s go north for The Dead South for a bit of Canadian Americana

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In hell I’ll be in good company – The Dead South

I love how he plays the cello strapped over his shoulder.

This is the kind of tune that gets stuck in your head.

4 03, 2019

Architecting a decision

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If we ask do you want this option, we will spend a lot of time convincing you or changing the option to match. Or you will just say no.

If we give you 2 or 3 choices, you will more likely choose an option.

The corollary is:
With three options in the following manner, you will pick one of the following and it is likely to be 2 or 3 (a little behavior economics is occuring here – see Dan Ariely).

  1. This option is what the client asks for but at our convenience
  2. The option the client asks for
  3. The option the client talked about while asking for number 2
3 03, 2019

Difference between fortune, chance and luck by Tina Seelig

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“Difference between fortune, chance and luck

  • Fortune is things that are out of your control. I’m fortunate to be born in this place in time. I’m fortunate to be healthy.
  • Chance is something – you have to do something. You have to roll the dice, or you have to buy a lottery ticket, or you have to apply for a job.
  • Luck is defined as success or failure apparently caused by chance. Apparently – that’s the operative word.

How do you increase your luck?

  • A lot of it has to do with taking tiny risks.
  • It’s getting out of your comfort zone.
  • It’s paying attention to things that other people don’t pay attention to.
  • It’s talking to people who – where you’re going to learn something new.
  • It’s learning something new each day.”

– Tina Seelig from NPR.org