The Bird-Poop Robbery

brown-leather-wallet-and-us-dollar-banknote-915915wallet.jpgNormally my situational awareness is pretty good, but this technique caught me unawares for a brief moment.

On our first day touring Quito in Ecuador, we stopped at the edge of a park to consult a map. Suddenly I was sprayed by a brown unpleasant smelling liquid. Looking up I saw nothing, but a nice man pointed out pigeons and offered me a tissue. This pigeon would have to have been the size of a pelican considering the volume that hit me. Out of nowhere, two other men offered to help clean my shirt since I was suddenly struck again. All three men were very swarthy, albeit short. One was nice enough to bend down in front of me to clean my pant leg. He nicely proceed to feel up my right front pocket and moved over to the left. Never put things in your back pocket.

The Mountain Equipment Co-op pants happen to come with zippers on both front pockets. This undoubtedly saved the situation somewhat. This lightly upset their highly polished routine. But they managed to grab my iPhone and were working on the wallet. Since the leader was still in front of me bending down and attempting to grab my wallet from my now unzipped front pocket, I reciprocated and firmly and not gently grabbed the nape of this neck. This allowed him to drop the phone and back away and revert to his normal helpful persona.

We were aware of this splash and grab technique from Spain. A younger group by-passed us and splashed coffee on the older couple a few seconds behind us. They made off with wallets and passports before we could do anything.

As they say. S**T happens.

 

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Speak up for yourself!

pexels-photo-206784 monkeesInteresting TED talk by Adam Galinsky. Sometimes you don’t speak up when you should, and speak up when you shouldn’t. This force to speak up arises from moral conviction.

He suggests that the range of times that you can appropriately speak up can depend upon the amount of power you have in a particular situation.

You can expand the range of times you should speak up by increasing the amount of power you have.

This power can be increased by

  1. advocating on behalf of others
  2. possessing some particular expertise
  3. obtaining social support and allies

Once you have at least one of these, then speak with conviction and passion.

As an irrelevant aside, this sort of reminded me of the precautionary poem by Yeats, The Second Coming:
“The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity”

 

So, Be Best, not worst.

 

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Sell me this pen!

pexels-photo-261450 penI thought this an amazing example of establishing need for a product. Spoiler alert. In the Wolf of Wall Street, DiCaprio asks someone to sell him a pen. The person answering takes the pen and asks DiCaprio to write down his name. This created a need, albeit somewhat artificial.

During an interview, you might be asked a similar type of question. Some people simply discuss the value attributes of the pen. Shiny, easy to hold. Others ask questions as to what the interviewer might look for in a pen. What did they like about the last pen they had? Others identify a problem, as above, and show how the pen solves the problem. The solution based approach.

There appears to be one more step beyond that. In Shiller’s book, Narrative Economics, he discusses how the first solution based approach is analytic self-referencing. Why you need the pen to write your name. He suggests a narrative self-referencing and narrative transportation approach. This suggests telling the interviewer to imagine themselves taking this pen and signing a multi-billion dollar contract.

Perhaps a bit delusional, but impactful all the same.

A suggestion to raise yourself above the pack.

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Narrative Economics

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Stories appear to the center of a person’s thinking and motivation. Robert Shiller’s new book “Narrative Economics quotes some of Sartre’s thoughts on the subject.

“A man is always a teller of stories, he lives surrounded by his own stories and those of other people, he sees everything that happens to him in terms of these stories and he tries to live his life as if he were recounting it.”

This suggests stories can be the most effective way to connect with other people.

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The big hairy audacious resolution! (BHAR)

pexels-photo-288394 resolutionsInstead of those micro-resolutions, you know, lose those 10 pounds, drink less of that particular beverage, phoning your mother more, what about a BHAR? This is a resolution that might take you years to accomplish. Being the best at something. Writing that book. Learning an instrument.

You can still break it down to smaller parts, but visualize something that would shift the entire direction of your life.

But phone your mother anyway.

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Gift giving decision strategy matrix.

pexels-photo-1040823 gift coupleAssuming this is someone that you want to give a gift to, how can you decide a gift strategy?

1. Give them exactly what they wanted. Perhaps out of your price point, but when money is no object.

2. Give them close to what they wanted. But this time within your price point.

3. Give them what they think they need.

4. Give them what they actually need. This is fraught with peril since you may be pointing out foibles.

5. Give them something completely random. This can be cute, unless its a live animal which you should completely reconsider.

6. Give them something that aligns with their thematic lifestyle. Perhaps running gear or cooking supplies.

7. Give them something to push them into a thematic lifestyle they should adopt. I keep getting cookbooks.

8 Give to some charity that can lift people out of poverty. Providing a well for a village goes a long way to reduce disease.

And whatever you do, enjoy the time together since its really just the thought. Right?

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Liquor Advertising

ryan-reynolds-peloton-wife-aviation-gin-commercial-videoHaving way too much fun for an ad.

For the purposes of pure research I looked over other liquor ads on Instagram. I didn’t come across any free coupon advertising, but otherwise it was very instructive. The Jack Daniel’s ad likely has the highest visibility, with the most “influencers.” I had to look this up since I didn’t know that was a thing.

“Influencers” are evidently users that employ your brand hashtag and who have very high numbers of followers. In the Jack Daniel’s ads there are no real dramatic moments, and in only one instance does somebody have a glass travelling toward their mouth. We would assume that it would bounce harmlessly off of their closed lips, since everyone else is evidently completing abstaining and holding glasses of ice to heal their hand after turning the fire log.

Even more instructive is that other liquor manufacturers all use the “Please drink responsibly” admonition at the ends of their ads. The Aviation American Gin ad does not see the need to include that. And you can’t blame them, since a disclaimer like that would be in harsh juxtaposition to what the ad is portraying.

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