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In The Name of Dr. Martin Luther King, Sing! By John Sarvay | January 20, 2014

Every January for four years, we've sent a simple postcard to hundreds of our friends in the community. It's a thank you note, and a reminder -- of the power of one voice, the power of community, and the power of dreams. On this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we'd like to thank each of you for your commitment to making our community a better place.

(And we'd like to thank Ben Dacus for his simple, powerful design.)

TILTED 2014 By John Sarvay | January 20, 2014

If you attended last February’s small business unconference, you know that Tilted is a great way to connect with and learn from other small business owners and entrepreneurs. More than 140 people crowded into our collaborative space in the Richmond Times-Dispatch building for a full day of learning and discovery.

It was one of our favorite events.

But it wasn’t our event. It was organized by 12 small business owners (including us), and it really came together because the 140+ participants were not afraid to build the content collaboratively, and in-the-moment. Hence the term “unconference”.

Well, I’m excited to announce that Tilted is coming back in 2014! Many of the original organizers have signed on, and we’re looking at another late February landing date. Last year, we organized the entire event on a shoestring, and it only took us 45 days. We hope to repeat our low-budget, high-impact success again this year.

Keep your eyes on Facebook, Twitter or the Floricane blog for more news as we start to put the pieces into place.

And mark your calendar for Saturday, March 1. Let's get Tilted.

New Project: PUNCH(ing) It By John Sarvay | January 17, 2014

We’re big fans of collaboration. And we’re big fans of the creative team at PUNCH. They study the art of impact, and they create great design. (We like great design.)

Over the next few months, the team at PUNCH and the team at Floricane are playing a game of musical work. They’re helping us strengthen Floricane’s strategic brand presence – our design and print materials, our online presence, our use of social media – and we’re helping members of the PUNCH team strengthen their management and leadership skills, and their overall organizational effectiveness.

Our teams have been working together for more than a year, and we’ve grown to enjoy and respect their creative energy and insight. We suspect they might feel the same way.

Keep your eyes peeled as we move into 2014. We’ll be unveiling a fresh look that builds on the great logo design the team at Zeigler|Dacus dreamed up – way back in 2008. (We continue to lean heavilty on Ben Dacus for great design, by the way. You can never have too many awesome designers in your corner.)

New Project: Visioning with the Richmond Symphony By John Sarvay | January 15, 2014

Our team really enjoyed working with the musicians, staff and board of the Richmond Symphony on their strategic plan last year, and I absolutely love our collaboration with Maestro Steven Smith on the FIRST CHAIR program. So, it should come as no surprise that I'm happy to be hanging out with the Richmond Symphony team again -- this time, facilitating some longer range visioning work. Over a couple of sessions this winter, we'll explore the ways in which we anticipate Richmond will continue to grow and change as we move toward 2020. And we'll look at the ways in which cultural organizations around the world are transforming. Through those filters, we'll work to craft a vision (not a vision statement, but an asipration) for Richmond's symphony.

Same Motion, More Action By John Sarvay | January 15, 2014

Twitter led me to something useful today. (Really, Andrea Goulet Ford did.)

Lately, I've been pondering (more on that later) some of the things that keep me from taking more action. There are many drivers -- habit and inclination among the stronger, but also too many choices or options, a dash of guilt and a need to look busy. What in the world am I talking about?

Well, there's my commitment to maintaining this blog, as an example. I have a list of about 40 potential blog posts that I recently revisited and revised. In the time I spent editing the list of blog posts, I could have written three posts. Or the new Excel spreadsheet I developed to track Floricane's cash flow, when what I really needed to do was build a budget for 2014.

This evening, Andrea retweeted a link to a blog post at Buffer by James Clear with the provocative title, "The Mistake Smart People Make: Being In Motion vs. Taking Action." Here's a snippet:

Motion is when you’re busy doing something, but that task will never produce an outcome by itself. Action, on the other hand, is the type of behavior that will get you a result.

Here are some examples…

  • If I outline 20 ideas for articles I want to write, that’s motion. If I actually write and publish an article, that’s action.
  • If I email 10 new leads for my business and start conversations with them, that’s motion. If I actually ask for the sale and they turn into a customer, that’s action.
  • If I search for a better diet plan and read a few books on the topic, that’s motion. If I actually eat a healthy meal, that’s action.

Sometimes motion is good because it allows you to prepare and strategize and learn. But motion will never — by itself — lead to the result you are looking to achieve.

It doesn’t matter how many times you go talk to the personal trainer, that motion will never get you in shape. Only the action of working out will get you the result you’re looking to achieve.

My first impulse after reading Clear's piece was, "Yeah! I need to do less motion, more action!" And then I settled down, and remembered how I am fundamentally wired (read: motion, not action). I need motion. Processing my way through my work is core to what I do. Abandoning the side of me that researches, studies and explores options would be a mistake.

No, I need the motion I have. But I also need more action.

And that's my new motto for 2014: Same Motion, More Action.

Go read the whole thing, and then decide if you're ready to act more. (Or, if you act too much, maybe you need to put some more motion in your life.)

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