Posts Tagged Seth Godin

Management vs. leadership.

Seth Godin, from his blog:

Managers work to get their employees to do what they did yesterday, but a little faster and a little cheaper.

Leaders, on the other hand, know where they’d like to go, but understand that they can’t get there without their tribe, without giving those they lead the tools to make something happen.

Managers want authority. Leaders take responsibility.

We need both. But we have to be careful not to confuse them. And it helps to remember that leaders are scarce and thus more valuable.

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Far from complete, below is a small collection of my current favorite PurpleSites on the net:

TED: Ideas worth spreading.


Arcade Fire + Google = Insane music video browser thing.

How big really?  BBC Dimensions.

Emotions on the internet.  WeFeelFine.

Banksy Gallery.

The Cool Hunter Gallery.

Seth’s Blog.

John Grubers Daring Fireball.

Tom Fishburnes Marketoonist.

Brand Tags.



Google Trends.


The Khan Academy.


Horace Dediu:  Asymco.


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Seth’s in session.

For those that know my marketing side, they know we can’t discuss much for long without Seth Godin popping up: either in quote, in principal or in practice.

I just came across this piece from Dan Martell that nicely summarizes some of the many lessons that fall out of his works (Godin in quotes):

Strive to be remarkable.

“How can you squander even one more day not taking advantage of the greatest shifts of our generation? How dare you settle for less when the world has made it so easy for you to be remarkable?”

It’s all about the stories.

The only asset to get built online is permission.”

Let your product speak for itself.

“The product is the marketing. You can’t out spend.”

You cannot hide from customers.

“Are you going to bet on secrets, or are you going to be open?”

Your plan isn’t enough.

“Successful people rarely confuse a can-do attitude with a smart plan. But they realize that one without the other is unlikely to get you very far.”

Be humble.

“No one cares about you, not even your mother-in-law. No ones eagerly waiting your press release.”

Create meaning.

“Connect, create meaning, make a difference, matter, be missed.”

There is a hierarchy to success:

“Attitude, Approach, Goals, Strategy, Tactics, Execution”

Listen to your customers.

“Listen instead to your real customers, to your vision and make something for the long haul.”

Flex your expertise.

“Everybody is an expert about something”

Implement quickly.

“Ideas in secret die. They need light and air or they starve to death.”

Choose your words carefully.

“Why waste a sentence saying nothing?”

Focus on great customer service.

“The best time to do great customer service is when a customer is upset.”

Don’t be afraid of being edgy.

“Playing safe is very risky.”

Find your precise market.

“Don’t try to please everyone. There are countless people who don’t want one, haven’t heard of one or actively hate it. So what?”

Push limits in your industry.

“You can raise the bar or you can wait for others to raise it, but it’s getting raised regardless.”

Create desire.

“People rarely buy what they need. They buy what they want”

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Man up.

Seth Godin on ‘Whining’:

Two problems with whining.  The first is that it doesn’t work. You can whine about the government or your friends or your job or your family, but nothing will happen except that you’ll waste time.

Worse… far worse… is that whining is a reverse placebo. When you get good at whining, you start noticing evidence that makes your whining more true. So you amplify that and immerse yourself in it, thus creating more evidence, more stuff worth complaining about.

So true.  There is such an obvious correlation with the people who think positively and their ability to deliver positive results.  The negative always end up caught in this downward spiral.

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Stop worrying about what others think.

Seth Godin:

Experienced marketers and artists and those that make change understand that the new is not for everyone. In fact, it’s not even for most people. Pass them by. They can catch up later.

Everybody has an opinion, and most often one to explain why bold new ideas won’t work. They reference what they know and have seen, and therefore support things that are low risk, familiar and ordinary. To really change things or create new ideas, most times you have to drive out on your own. Don’t look back.

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We should all be stronger.

Seth Godin on “Demonstrating Strength“:

Defer to others
Avoid shortcuts
Tell the truth
Offer kindness
Seek alliances
Volunteer to take the short straw
Choose the long-term, sacrificing the short
Demonstrate respect to all, not just the obviously strong
Share credit and be public in your gratitude

Great advice. We should all be a little bit stronger tomorrow.


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