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Rework : Cheat Sheet

Rework Cheatsheet

Rework is a fabulous book by those clever chaps at 37signals. A jumbo collection of short essays on how they do business. Above you can see my notes on each chapter. A condensed and concentrated version of the big takeaways which I thought important.

UPDATE : @jasonfried (author of Rework just tweeted my post out (hoping the servers will hold out with the increased traffic/bandwidth):

jason fried tweet

ANOTHER UPDATE : Check out the redux/remixed version Rich Gould did below—thank you sir.

ANOTHER UPDATE : Another remixed version by Kenneth Svenningsen—fantastic!

Update#1: Talk Talk / Tiscali / Roxburghe Debt Collection

Talk Talk / Tiscali / Roxburghe Debt Collection

At the beginning of February I received a threatening letter and responded the next day with this (get yours here). Nearly 6 weeks on and no response. I contacted Consumer Direct and they have lodged a complaint with the Office of Fair Trading on my behalf—please do the same.

With this fresh approach we can then create a better result (*).

Related posts : Update#2: Talk Talk / Tiscali / Roxburghe Debt Collection and Talk Talk / Tiscali / Roxburghe Debt Collection

Business Modeling

Business Modeling

When I first started little endeavour I was told it would fail without a business plan. Nearly four years I still haven’t got one and it’s done quite well (quite well=grown in profit/clients every year). You could argue it would’ve grown quicker or bigger if a business plan was in place—you’d be wrong!

You see business plans are just guesses at best and for us, staying fluid with just a core principle of “everything we do must kick ass” (another words never do a bad gig) has been enough to cement our pedigree and ensure success. That being said, it’s now time to get a little bit more serious about future direction and growth. Not one for a traditional approach I devoured the book opposite which is for those ready to abandon outmoded thinking and embrace new, innovative models of value creation.

Business Model Generation has helped me craft a ‘plan’ without writing loads and loads of stuff but instead mapping and drawing it all out—thank you guys.

Inspiration Found

Inspiration Found

Inspiration Found is a new personal project which asks 100 people, from 1-to-100 years old, what single thing inspires you and why.

The resulting images, words and insights will be collated into a FREE ebook available to view online or download PLUS will be presented at TEDxCDF in April 2010.

I’m looking for 100 people to participate / contribute. If you’re interested please fill out the following survey and I will get back to you if you are selected.

SIGN ME UP (now closed).

Oat So Good

oat so good

Earlier this year I got diagnosed with IBS after undertaking a series of horrible tests.

Straight away the docs wanted to medicate me although I declined as wanted to tackle the cause not the symptons of the problem. I asked for holistic therapy solutions and was told there are none. So I hit the books and with some advice from other people embarked on a no-wheat, no-dairy, no sugar. This sorted it all out.

One of the hardest things has been cutting out chocolate, bread and surprisingly replacing my Coco Pops, Frosties and Weetos morning habit. After trying porridge, fruit and other alternatives I found Oat-so-good—delicious, local (made in Wales) and has none of the evil stuff my stomach can’t handle.

Thanks guys.