Turkish Riot, Humor & Business Development

Turkish Riot, Humor & Business Development

Turkish Riot is an online video game in which the goal is to send as many tweets as possible before the police beat you up. It was created last summer, presumably as a lark, to mock the role of police violence in the Gezi political protests in Turkey. I’m not usually a fan of video games, but as someone living in the middle of Istanbul at the time, I thought it was hysterically funny. I’ve never made it past 17 tweets. Maybe you will do better. You can try it here:

Tear gas, water cannons, rubber bullets and political intimidation take their toll on everyone, but the Gezi protesters did an amazing job of using humor to stay energized and motivated.

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He Who Talks First Loses

He Who Talks First Loses

Some people make a point of being quirky and memorable at networking events. What do you do? “I guide people through the jungle.” What do you do? “I peel onions.”  This approach certainly has its merits. People are more interested in what you have to say if you are fun and entertaining. Plus, using analogies to explain abstract concepts may help them to understand what you do better. Yet, even the most brilliant elevator pitches fall on deaf ears 99% of the time. Why? If you make your pitch too broad, the other person will probably already know several people with the same specialty. On the other hand, if you make it very specific, most people will think they have no need for your expertise.  The best advice I have ever heard about networking came from

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Give Me a Rock! How NOT to Manage People

Give Me a Rock! How NOT to Manage People

You may have heard of the “give me a rock” form of management.  The boss says, “Give me a rock.” The employee finds a rock and presents it to the boss.  The boss responds, “No, this isn’t what I wanted.  Get me a bigger rock.”  And it continues. “No, a rounder rock.”  “No, a light colored rock.”   Obviously, this is less efficient than, “Get me a round, light grey rock about the size of a bowling ball.”  The point here is that we are often busy, tired and not focused adequately on the task that we are delegating.  Then we become annoyed when someone fails to perform a task in line with our expectations.  No one said humans are logical. So, here are ten simple steps for efficient and effective delegation.

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