I changed my Twitter profile description today to include “operating at the intersection of never been and nowhere.” Until today it said “I operate at the intersection of nothing.” The latter reference was a snark at all the people on Twitter who operate at the intersection of two things. For the strategically minded that may be 10-20% of profiles.
That’s the more caustic Steve. Today I dialed it back so there’s less cynicism and more focus on an actual idea. The idea relates to operating from tabula rasa. A blank slate. I attempt to come at a branding problem with an unbiased, untainted view of the category or business. Clean.
In most every initial meeting with a client I lead with “I’m a simple man.” I look at things simply and hopefully without complication. I like to communicate with simple people through simple symbols, emotions and ideas. Done well, done with panache and believability, this approach resonates. (Even in complicated businesses like Blockchain.)
In order to get to simple, you must clear your mind. Cultural anthropologists get this. They watch, listen and go deep on understanding. With preconceived notions you don’t get to deep. You can often find yourself tangled in complexity.
So I proudly operate at the intersection of never been and nowhere. Try it.