Andrew Teman

Putting yourself in new situations constantly is the only way to ensure that you make your decisions unencumbered by the nature of habit, law, custom or prejudice – and it’s up to you to create the situations
— Source
Andrew Teman
Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.
Steve Jobs (via Farnam Street)
Everyone wants to work on the sexiest brands in the hippest sectors. But, if you do, it’s much more difficult to make an impact. I think it’s better to seek out brands and businesses that haven’t yet done great work or haven’t recently done great work. Brands that need a bit of a turnaround. It’s easier to make a difference.
How To be A Chief Strategy Officer
Often, we encounter teams restricted in their work by the systems underpinning their organizations. We find structures not designed for the company’s ambitions, but based on the category’s standard way of working. We find strategies not defined in relation to a customer, but to an internal or market-driven need.
The Evolutionary Edge
Andrew Teman
Brands on Twitter are your uncle posting out-of-focus selfies on Instagram with 13 hashtags, including #Sunday and #shorts. Brands on Twitter are your high-school science teacher comparing electrons to Zack Morris to try to get you to stay awake in fifth period. Brands on Twitter are your weird cousin talking during the movie when you’re just trying to watch, okay? Jesus, Freddie, do you always need to be the center of attention?
Why Brands Tweet ‘Bae’
Boldness is required not just of me, but of the organization. And the excellence of our execution is directly related to the honesty of internal communications.
Nick Denton
Andrew Teman
All of our ideas are not amazing. Everything we think isn’t epic. We are capable of being average, of peeing in our pants or spilling the contents of a Subway sandwich all over the desk. And that’s fine.
— Ted Talks are making us stupid
Andrew TemanTED, tedtalks
Strategy is about getting more out of a situation than the starting balance of power would suggest. It is the art of creating power.
Andrew Teman
You can’t learn in school what the world is going to do next year.
— Henry Ford
Andrew Teman
The origins of the parenthood religion are obscure, but one of its first manifestations may have been the “baby on board” placards that became popular in the mid-1980s. Nobody would have placed such a sign on a car if it were not already understood by society that the life of a human achieves its peak value at birth and declines thereafter. A toddler is almost as precious as a baby, but a teenager less so, and by the time that baby turns fifty, it seems that nobody cares much anymore if someone crashes into her car. You don’t see a lot of vehicles with placards that read, ‘Middle-aged accountant on board.’
American Parenting as Religion
Andrew Temanparenting, kids
#Boston is looking a bit Gotham-esque this morning. (at Boston, Massachusetts)

#Boston is looking a bit Gotham-esque this morning. (at Boston, Massachusetts)

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