problem solving

“Creativity is the magical human act of doing something that might not work. If you know it’s going to work, then it’s management.” —Seth Godin A tattered official notice from the local fire department tacked to a wall stated a maximum capacity of 130 people were allowed in the darkish restaurant. Included in that headcount would be the few waitstaff bustling by tables filled with strangers seated elbow-to-elbow, and the musicians readying to entertain us. Established...

Moving Ideas Forward Using Creative Practices

I just learned the hard way that personal cybersecurity involves more than password management. Here’s my story in the hope you learn a lesson more easily. This weekend I went online to check on my favorite websites. Only I couldn’t get access to many of them—including the one for Twirling Tiger Media. No matter which browser I used, I kept getting told the sites were insecure. I contacted our web developer, and our SSL certification...

Personal Cybersecurity Involves More than Passwords

Beyond the worry, fear and suffering caused by the pandemic, people have managed to remarkably change directions in their personal and professional lives, demonstrating great resiliency. Take a step back from the flurry of pandemic-time workplace changes to notice how your coworkers are able to quickly set aside best-laid plans when current products or services aren’t meeting the needs of the market.  Pre-pandemic, a change of direction would likely be identified and resolved at a slower...

Finding a Path Forward … Quickly

As a business, Twirling Tiger Media is required by law to complete the U.S. Census Bureau Annual Services Report. Sometimes, the U.S. Census Bureau requires businesses to drill deeper via additional surveys, such as this year’s 2021 Annual Business Survey (ABS). The statistics collected by the ABS are used by government program officials, industry organization leaders, economic and social analysts, business entrepreneurs, and domestic and foreign researchers in academia, business and government. Annual results are eventually made...

Thanks for the Reminder, Uncle Sam

The other week I bought a new laptop to replace one I’d used regularly since our company was formed almost eight years ago. With all the problems the portable device provided in recent years, I was struck by how difficult it was to move on to a modern version. I used that old (by technology standards) MacBook Pro exclusively for the first three years of our company’s founding. It moved with me from dining room...

How to Break Up with Your Laptop (or Phone or Tablet)

In a gritty and intense survival show, ten participants attempt to endure 100 days in the Arctic in order to win a $1 million prize in season 7 of Alone: Million Dollar Challenge. (Yes … I missed seasons 1 through 6, but they are on my watchlist after this riveting season.) This gripping season of Alone was set along the shore of Great Slave Lake—the deepest lake in North America at 336 fathoms (2,014 ft.), located in Canada’s Northwest Territories,...

Wisdom from the Wild

Our latest Knowledge Center contribution focuses on how to have the best vacation ever. We outline specific steps to help ensure you fully enjoy your time away from the office. That includes the ubiquitous Out of Office auto-reply. How you handle these messages highly influences the quality of your break from work. Internal Out of Office Auto-Replies There are two types of Out of Office auto-replies: internal and external. Most popular email platforms offer a...

Do You Really Need That Out of Office Auto-Reply?

Maybe you forgot the very purpose of the work you do or the business you run because of complacency. Perhaps these pandemic times have not only disrupted your work, but have revealed that your purpose has evolved and you simply need to acknowledge its reshaped existence and make new plans in support of it. No matter the doldrums, distractions, or discoveries, demands of customers change and so should you … if you are able. My...

Reconnecting With the Purpose of Your Work

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