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How to Turn Anything from Adequate to Amazing by Bill Taylor via @ralph_ohr

If there’s one message I have stressed more than any other over the last few years, it is that it is not good enough to be pretty good at everything. The most successful companies, products, and brands have figured out how to become the most of something — not just adequate, but downright amazing.

 

Stop asking “why” by Dan Rockwell

I think you ask “why” too much and “what” too little. Asking “why” is a backward-facing activity that examines the past searching for excuses and someone to blame.  Asking “why” may be useful on the psychologist couch or in science class but it’s not as useful for leaders.

 

Trust Me, I’m a Scientist by Daniel T. Willingham

A friend of mine has long held that a vaccination his son received as an infant triggered his child’s autism. He clings to this belief despite a string of scientific studies that show no link between autism and vaccines.

 

Do you love creating? By Jorge Barba

Last week I asked if it’s possible to innovate without loving what you do. There were plenty of comments and the reactions were mixed. Most think it’s not possible because people have to be passionate about the work they do. I’m not going to argue with that.

 

Building a CEx that Creates Value for Customers… And for Companies by Graham Hill

Too many customer experiences are created just for the benefit of companies. Customer are either a target or an afterthought. Many customer experience practitioners don’t see the 900lb Gorilla in the room; the most important touch-points are not about marketing, sales or service, but about the weeks, months, even years of product usage

The Art of Momentum: Why Your Ideas Need Speed by Jocelyn K. Glei

In his wonderful book Musicophilia, neurologist Oliver Sacks describes Clive Wearing, a musician and musicologist whose memory was erased almost entirely after a severe brain infection.

Executive pay: fixing the game by Index B

On both sides of the Atlantic, there is widespread disquiet about bankers’ bonuses. Of course, this concern is closely tied up with the financial crisis and the belief that were those bankers in just about any other field they would have been allowed to fail rather than propped up by the state.

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