There is a darkness out there.

There is a darkness out there, it weighs heavy, yet it has no form.

There is a darkness out there, it chases you but you can never see it.

There is a darkness out there, that sucks out all your oxygen but yet you still breathe.

There is a darkness out there, that tears away your soul but leaves no visible scars.

There is a darkness out there, that makes grown men sob until they are dry.

Some days everything feels healed.

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How do you sell your vision to your team?

Team getting coached

Getting a group of people to work together to a common goal is at the heart of all businesses of more than one person.

People don’t just naturally work together well, and understanding their motivations isn’t always easy. The differing personal interests, long term and short term goals, and just the different personalities make teams of people a challenge that business owners / leaders have to deal with daily.

Like any group of people meshed together day in day out, the reality is far from simple and is a constant moving beast that is most likely never to be tamed but can be managed.

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Taking change in your stride.

It is easy to forget that many people don’t like change. As someone who thrives on change in some areas, I forget that for many people they prefer their habits and ruts particular in regard to work.

I guess we all have some habits in life, and I am no exception but in my working world and day to day activities I prefer to make sure things don’t get stale.

At ireckon I recently chose a new office location as our old office space lease came to an end. We left The Gabba area after 8 years there and headed down to Teneriffe. Watching the team handling change, thinking about the change etc you realise how much we get into routines that ensure we get through our weeks without too much interruption.

Changing work location means new routes, methods to work, new places to eat, things to do and go to. You have to find local chemists, newsagents etc. For me this is all fun. I loved the period when i backpacked for that very reason. In each new town or city you had to investigate and communicate to find where things were. This opens you to meeting new people, learning new things and just keeping yourself ‘open’.

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Mobile Site Design Brisbane Audit – December 2012

While checking some Google search results on a range of queries I happened to review one related directly to my business (Ireckon) and a key focus of what we have been working on in 2012.

I thought I would share the results as it is interesting how different agencies / design companies approach what they do, and we have tried to eat our dog food as much as possible. Several years ago I got called out for not having a mobile friendly web site, and it was correct – we didn’t. At that time though it did not factor in to our offering in a significant way and we weren’t happy with the options that existed.

Now I think times have changed. My expectation is that any query will result in something suitable for the end user and personally and professionally I think that should be responsive. The statistics are quite clear, in Australia, smart phone usage for web based research is high. So what did I find.

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You have to design the system not just the page

Hopefully this won’t be read so much as a gripe but more a reminder to us all that DESIGN is something that is not just about artwork. Design is about the entire process you are working on. I am speaking specifically about business and the systems that help you run them. And even more specifically about digital processes in your business.

Building systems takes effort. And when I mean systems, you should have a system for everything you do. You have to understand that nothing stands in isolation. How you answer the phone, what happens when you publish content to your website, when you ask for feedback all of these things are not in isolation to other processes. They are part of many interactions.

You HAVE to think about all the interactions, all the processes that will result from what you are doing, and plan them too.

I have two examples one great and one quite dreadful.

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Watching others do something well is a neat feeling

I got to see the end result of a few new processes and approaches today as we released a new project.

It was the result of some, people offering up to do something risky, and applying what we had agreed was a great way to approach the challenge.

Then it was about execution. About getting it done and doing it well.

And they did!

So often those things are taken for granted. Sometimes people just don’t get to execute it very well.

When they do, it is an awesome thing to see.

People working well together to a common goal.

Of course next week you have to do it all again. But for this small moment, I will sit back and reflect on what happened and what worked so well.

Well done people.