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An interesting observation of an organizational resistance to
change from a Moments of Impact book:
Most of the time, not only do leaders of floundering
organizations see the bullet coming—they can’t stop talking
about it. They sit through endless presentations on the
bullet’s velocity, force, and trajectory. As it gets closer,
bullet initiatives and shield task forces pop up all over the
place. By the time the bullet arrives, everyone knows all
about it—so much so that they’re bored of the topic. Yet,
they let it hit them anyway.
I finished “Man’s Search For Meaning” by an Austrian
psychologist Viktor Frankl. He survived through several Nazi
concentration camps during World War II and in his book he
describes—from a doctors point of view—how people behaved
and coped. It is hard and depressing, but insightful read. Two
things stood out: humor and meaningfulness.
Neuschwanstein is one of the most iconic castles in the world.
But when I came closer and saw how many things are not
finished, and that a thriving fast-track business had been
build around it with thousands of tourists visiting every day,
the castle lost some of its charm.
It, as many other things in life, is better observed from far
away where its external beauty shines. It is, after all, the
most beautiful fairy tale castle.
Many people from tech bemoaned the launch of Facebook’s
Instant Articles, and fortification of walled gardens and
native apps killing the web (again). Baldur Bjarnason
published an excellent article with aggregated
commentaries, but also added his owns words which hit the bullseye.
Here’s an absolute fact that all of these reporters,
columnists, and media pundits need to get into their heads:
The web doesn’t suck. Your websites suck.
All of your websites suck.
You destroy basic usability by hijacking the scrollbar.
You take native functionality (scrolling, selection,
links, loading) that is fast and efficient and you rewrite
so that it is slow and buggy and broken. You balloon your
websites with megabytes of cruft. You ignore best
practices. You take something that works and is
complementary to your business and turn it into a liability.
The whole article is well worth reading, so please do it.
It might even serve as a pivot in the way people think about
web, for example like Ethan Marcotte’s article about
responsive web design five years ago.
Last week I attended MX conference about design
organizations and leadership. It was a big opportunity for me
because I mostly attended production oriented tech and design
conferences before. The schedule was full of experienced and
notable people and all videos are already available. I
took some notes along the way and would like to share the gist
of the event. Here are five common threads starting from very
broad and narrowing it down.
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