You can get past them and use them to kick start productivity

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The pandemic is difficult. You probably know someone who is dealing with worry and anxiety. Maybe it’s yourself? In his book, The Worry Cure, Robert L. Leahy shares the best ways to address the struggle and reduce stress in our lives. The secret is to get to productive worry as soon as possible.

It’s natural that we jump in to help someone and offer advice. The problem is, that saying these loves of things doesn’t help.

  • “Try to be more positive.”
  • “You have nothing to worry about.”
  • “Everything will be ok.”
  • “Believe in yourself.”
  • “I believe in you.”
  • “Try to…

Use the questions that Patagonia uses to design great products

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Yvon Chouinard, Founder of Patagonia, generously shares the questions from the Patagonia design philosophy in his book, Let My People Go Surfing. Patagonia’s mission statement is “We’re in business to save our home planet.” This is a more succinct version of their previous mission statement that shows their high regard for making a great product and what we can learn from them:

Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.

Some of these may be obvious, some may not apply to your business, some you may need to think…

I have a problem with remembering what I create that drives my family crazy

My family was craving cookies so I scavenged the cabinets for something reasonably healthy. These Redline Oats by Stoked Oats are pretty coffee-intense for breakfast but looked like a good candidate for an afternoon pick-me-up. The nice thing is that they have walnuts and chocolate chips which didn’t exist in any other form in my house.

Since my family liked this creation, I’m writing it down for them.


1/4 cup butter

1 egg

1.5 cups Redline Oats (or whatever other fancy oat mix you might have)

1 cup whole wheat flower

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1.5 teaspoons…

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A tangle of yellow against a garage door caught my eye. Within the tangle was a man. A safety vest and jumper cables pinned him to the door. One foot with only a sock in a puddle that traced up his leg.

I checked the street and my conscience before running to him. There would always be another train.

“He’s crazy,” a woman said behind me. “We’ve called an ambulance and he doesn’t want it.”

“Fucking right, I don’t want it!” He yelled.

“Don’t worry about the ambulance,” I said. “Let’s focus on you. What’s going on? Are you ok?”

I am my constant companion

I am a designer

I am a good friend with supportive, positive talk

I don’t let myself get lonely or bored

I catch myself when…

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Last week we officially launched PointClickCare Companion and I want to share some of the highlights from working with our customers to surpass their expectation in creating a great user experience. Our product page has a nice overview of PointClickCare Companion and this video provides an excellent 30second summary.

The Challenge

For those not in the senior healthcare industry, here are some facts from NCAL, the National Center for Assisted Living, to set the baseline challenges for the front line care staff.

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Keenan is A Sales Guy and shared a passionate post — have a watch — to help salespeople create instant credibility with customers and prospects by asking a question about a specific, deep problem that your product solves. In it he says something really important for anyone in Product:

Get with Marketing, get with Product, get with existing buyers and find what problems you solve for them and get deep…build specific, targeted, credibility building questions

Everyone in Product needs to have the deep and specific problems that their product or service solves to help everyone else in the company do…

Cory Mogk

Product Management, User Experience and Marketing leader on the bleeding edge — sometimes writing work stuff, sometimes writing fiction

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