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Let’s try something different. This is one of my favorite speeches, so I was astonished to find, when I searched for a column based on it, that I’d never written one (or if I had, I’d carefully disguised it).

Anyway, instead of words this week, a PowerPoint deck for your edification and amusement. Let me know if this works.



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  • In my Chrome browser, the PowerPoint rendered as some pictures and a bunch of bare rectangles with tiny graphic icons in the upper left corners. Clicking on some of these downloaded .png images, but several could be downloaded only by right-clicking on them. I decided to let you know what I experienced, so I clicked the comment button. It gave me not only the “Leave a Reply” dialogue, but also all your pretty slides displayed perfectly, one after another, in the browser.

    • Regrettably, the mass mailing tool my hosting company provides is pretty clumsy for this sort of thing. I did my best with it, but after an hour or so took some of my own advice – I decided I’d “reached the exalted state of good enough.”

      Hope the inconveniences didn’t ruin the experience for you.

  • Very clever and very entertaining. Well done.

    But, it worked for me because you are preaching to the choir, in my case. So, I see it as a great tool for rallying the troops. With respect to changing the minds of those colleagues who have a different emotional response to risk, I didn’t see their perspectives displayed in the presentation, except to show that it didn’t work.

    I’m reminded of the service organization work of a church I attended for many years that was against putting criminals in jail. These service organization workers made brilliant arguments about the high cost of imprisoning felons and that there were any number of great programs that reduced felon recidivism, for less money than keeping them in jail. But even after decades of trying, they made little progress because they never addressed the drivers of the behavior of their opposition, mainly fear, anger, with a little bit of vengeance tossed in.

    If the goal of the presentation is to change minds, then including graphics that reflect the experience of the people avoiding authentic risk might be a good thing to add.

    But, again, well done.

  • Brilliant! Practice what you preach. Well done.

  • Your permalink is wrong…. again.

  • While I’m sure it would be better with narration, I appreciated the slide show. It’s a great summary of the ideas you’ve shared over time both in your columns and books.


  • Bob, worked perfectly in my Chrome browser.
    I think this is your best work so far, and that is a sincere complement. It perfectly illustrates corporate prevailing illness – “Paralysis by Analysis.” I was there when Don Estridge brought the PC to life in record time (for IBM) by short-cutting company policy. I watched while Ken Olson killed DEC’s PC business by building a proprietary box. I worked for Arthur D. Little who’s consulting team told Xerox that there was a small market for copiers (not my project.)

    What you have not mentioned are the corporate planning that often is used to kill innovation in order to preserve their current market niche. The other half of this is found in the user community that allows vendors to kill innovation listing to their Siren’s Song called “backwards compatibility.”

  • The specific thing wrong with the permalink in the email is that the displayed text is correct, but the actual link is not.

    Text: https://issurvivor.com/?p=6450 (correct)

    Link: https://issurvivor.com/?p=6444 (incorrect)

  • Worked for me via email. Showed up in Thunderbird via Exchange.

  • Loved it — saved and shared.

    Next step — same thing as a YouTube video, a Vimeo video, a TED talk, or similar.

    And frankly, done like that, you could sell it.

  • At first I scrolled all the way to the bottom looking for the content, being so conditioned to skip the ads. 😉

  • Really good stuff Bob. Have you consider doing a video so you can add a vocal presentation also? Could be a HUUUUGE hit on Youtube.

    Trump kidding aside, I’m serious, this would be an awesome video or dare I even say the start of a book (yes co-author is available)

  • I always read your stuff.

    This was enjoyable and a nice change in presentation. I plan to send portions of it to a client. As usual, you will be cited.

  • Presentation was pretty jumbled in my Firefox. I got about 30% of the graphics, and had to manually open the remaining by hand. Which I skipped, until your first reader re-posted them. I would have preferred a downloadable ppt file.

    I am running on a company WinDoze box, which admittedly, has intense scripting barriers in place.

  • Nice PP. In my experience most PowerPoints are insufficiently detailed to work well without the narration. Yours is not so afflicted. Very well done!

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