Reflections on Connections

This newsletter is about connection. As you may know, Trig is fully digital, which means everyone works from their respective home office. As such, culture and interpersonal connection HAS to be an intentional focus in our corporate growth plan.

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What Does Trig Do Again?

This issue is a special edition where we lay it all out for you: the specific services we offer, typical timelines, and what it looks like to engage with us on a project. All the fun stuff is in here too, don't worry. This month Trig also takes a fresh look at contemporary art/design aesthetic in Tokyo, and then we follow it up with a book review. 

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Building an Iconopoly

In this newsletter we would like to present you with a new concept: The Iconopoly. This idea was inspired by reading Peter Thiel’s book, Zero to One, in which he makes a compelling argument that, in order for any company to exist, they should seek to become a monopoly.

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Trig Has Been Quiet... Too Quiet

Not sure if you're like me, but when things are "too quiet" that's code for "up to something." If that's your suspicion, then you're right. Trig quietly rolled the car out of the garage, started it at the bottom of the hill, and took it to the shop for some upgrades, a nice tuneup, and a supercharger. That's right, we've been quietly perfecting our service lines of insights & ideation, product design, and brand asset management. We've had promotions and personnel additions. We've acquired trig dot com (what's that now?) Oh, and of course we've been reading, among other things, "Quiet: The Power of Introverts..." by Susan Cain.

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The Killer Experiment

This might sound like the start of a joke, but what happens when a virtual company meets in person? We found out recently by getting together for our annual meeting. As it turns out, we can be quite productive in personrefining our vision for the next 10 and 100 years, as well as tackling the key challenges we face today as a growing organization. As a result of our efforts to step back and think about where we want to go, you’ll be seeing a lot of changes at Trig in the coming months.

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Happy Holidays from Trig!

Our own Kelly Harrigan has really taken the Four Tendencies personality type methodology to heart. I was initially skeptical of a new personality type after having been let down by Myers-Briggs, but having read the book and seeing it listed as one of Forbes' most influential business books of 2017, I had to take it seriously.

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Myers-Briggs, TriangleCast, and Marshmallows

I had one of those santa-isnt-real moments this week. There is a personality typing test called Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) that is used by 89% of the Fortune 100 companies. I've taken it a few times, specifically as part of Organizational Behavior classes taught in business school. While it is widely adopted by the business community, very few psychologists or evidence-based practitioners take the test seriously.

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AI Decision Problems

I recently got obsessed with a game that could have come from an MBA Operations class simulator. The premise is simple enough - manage cash flow, manufacturing, and supply chain to provide enough paper clips to meet demand. Along the way, you start using artificial intelligence to automate some tasks. The problem becomes, the more tasks you delegate to the AI to make manufacturing easier, the faster you bring about the downfall of humanity. 

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Blame the Parrot

I think there is a broader lesson for our Trig community - we are all building amazing things that have potential to change the world.  Once we think we have found success, it is easy to forget the disciplines of humility and open communication that got us to where we are today. If we allow ego to get in the way, we rob our future potential to build something greater than ourselves.

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Are You an Innovation Broker?

Have you ever wondered why some people are able to generate new ideas faster than they can spit them out?  How are they able to consistently create original concepts that are both novel and meaningful?  Imagine how much more creative you would be if you learned their secret. 

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The Sky is Not Falling

We had an awesome time at Coulter College last week working with rising undergraduate seniors from twelve international Biomedical Engineering college programs. The student convened in Georgia to see who could develop the best medical device and investor pitch.

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