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How To Find Your Passion by Bruce Upbin via Ralph-Ohr

What causes stress, both the personal kind (money woes, boss-hate, road-rage) and the societal kind (#OWS, congressional gridlock, volatile stock markets)? John Hagel has a theory about stress–and a solution.

11 Uncomfortable Facts About How IQ Affects Your Life by Kim Bhasin


We’d like to think that IQ isn’t the determining factor for success in life.

But psychology professors David Hambrick and Elizabeth Meinz recently wrote an Op-Ed for The New York Times, “Sorry Strivers, Talent Matters,” where they cite a few scientific studies that point to innate talent — not practice — as what separates the good from the great.

Complexity and User Experience by Jon Bolt

The best products don’t focus on features, they focus on clarity. Problems should be fixed through simple solutions, something you don’t have to configure, maintain, control. The perfect solution needs to be so simple and transparent you forget it’s even there.

 

People don’t buy what you do, people buy why you do it by Jorge Barba

Yesterday I went to TEDex TijuanaSalon at Cety’s University in Tijuana. While three of the four speakers talked about entrepreneurship, it was the speaker in a video from a previous TED that got the most applause. The people who organized the event apparently wanted to add more content and so decided to play Simon Sinek’s video for the audience.

The Truth About Strategy by Greg Satell

Over the years I’ve done a lot of things.  I’ve lived in a bunch of countries, run a number of businesses and even spent some years as an independent strategic consultant. Clients would come to me to solve their problems and, inevitably, they always traced them back to strategy.

The Unboxed Life: Giving by Jon Mertz

One side of our life needs to be boxed in, and another needs to be unboxed. Our unboxed life needs to be spirit-led, soul-inspired.

We hear words like “listen to your spirit” or “reach into your soul” and, at times, it just seems like a lot of nonsense. Yet, we know it when we feel it, and we know it when we hear it. Both come from within, soulful and spirited-minded.

 

The Innovating Power of Eight Words by Paul Hobcraft

Lately eight words have come up more often than not as the new imperative for business, not just for the start up but the more established business to measure themselves against. We live in ‘volatile’ times and they reflect what we have to constantly remind ourselves to do and they just are keeping me buzzing at present.

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Riding the Whitewater Rapids – 5 Life Lessons by Jon Mertz

One thing can be said about me – I am not a water-sports-type-of-guy. After nearly drowning as a very young kid, I never learned how to swim until I was in my early 20s, but that is another story…

 

Finding Your Next Big (Adjacent) Idea by James L. McQuivey via Ralph Ohr

It’s unusual that an analyst will ask you to stop thinking about the far future, but I need you to back away from the Corning A Day Made of Glass video on YouTube. All that clear glass is clouding your vision.

 

Would You Like a Smile With That? By Arie Goldshalager

This New York Times Case Study of Pret a Manger is packed full of instructive and innovative employee engagement and customer service practices.  See for example:

 

Innovation: Do What You Can, With What You Have, Where You Are by Tim Kastelle

One of the key points that Peter Sims makes in Little Bets is that if you wait until your idea is perfect before you act on it, your chances of success are greatly reduced. This means that if you are trying to innovate, you have to be able to work with what you have right now.

 

Gulp – Extreme Creativity in Stop-Motion Animation by Mike Brown

After writing about extreme creativity for a couple of days, here’s a real-life example: Gulp, the world’s largest stop-motion animation film. It’s extreme creativity in that it takes the skill set (manipulating and filming inanimate objects in a very controlled indoor setting) and scale (small) of typical stop-motion animation films in a completely different direction:

 

5 Principles of Creativity by Greg Satell

Back in the 1880’s, Frederick Winslow Taylor was able to make dramatic gains in efficiency by timing workers performing rote tasks.  His efforts spawned the idea and practice of scientific management.

 

Is Open Innovation Superficial? By Stefan Lindegaard

Perhaps the question should be: Is the term, open innovation, superficial? The topic was raised at the Open Innovation Summit in Chicago after a presentation given by Susan Harman, Group Manager, Open Innovation at Intuit.

 

You Can’t Innovate If You Ignore Your Real Problems by Sohrab Vossoughi

Struggling companies often look to momentary design solutions, but, Ziba’s Sohrab Vossoughi warns, they won’t succeed unless they embrace internal change.

 

What is your Open Innovation partnering approach? By Kevin McFarthing

Open Innovation is now an accepted methodology for enhancing your new product or service development pipeline.  It is deployed to varying degrees depending on the industry or even the company attitude.

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