Hack to tell your story

Do the Evolution, Pearl Jam (1998)Everywhere you look, it seems, there are barriers. 

Time, text on a slide, budget, space, policy, the boss, even unemployment.  They all get in your way. Slow you down. Limit success.  But you can fight back. Here's how.

Hack.  Hack em' all.

You don't need to be a programmer. You don't need to have gone down the rabbit hole with Neo.

First, erase the mid 90's stereotype.  Hacking is a good thing.  Here's our fav definition courtesy of Jeff Jarvis:

A hack solves a problem in a way that breaks some established and widely accepted rule or conventional wisdom...often leading to an improved user or customer experience 

Second, make all the barriers yours.  It's easy.  Your time, your presentation slide, your budget, your space, your policy, your boss, and yes, your unemployment.

They're all yours.  That's the key.  Once you see them as yours, once you own them, you can do what you want with them.  Forget the rules and convention. Use them to tell your story.  Your way:

  • Use time to build trust, not as an excuse to shirk deadlines.
  • Use the presentation slide to emotionally transfer one good idea, not cover 26 bullets of status quo.
  • Use your budget to make meaningful connections with customers and colleagues, not support what was there last year because that's how it's always done.
  • Use your space to inspire creativity and collaboration, not to replicate the corporate cube farm.
  • Use your policy to satisfy people, not make them leave angry.
  • Use your boss to realize that when you're firing on all cylinders, you actually don't need one.
  • Use your unemployment to become the most connected and insightful citizen in your community.

It's your story.  Every bit of it.  If you don't like it...

...hack away.