11 small learnings that will boost your innovation.

Often ‘innovation’ is seen as a process where someone else has to change. Just like everyone wants to innovate but nobody really wants to change. Nowadays in every 3 sentences of business writings the term “innovation” drops in, most preferably disrúptive innovation. But what innovation really is and when a regular process-improvement becomes an innovation probably always will stay the question due to a fuzzy line. Actually the definition doesn’t matter much, once an idea hits your brain... Read more →
Don’t Be Confused. Real Success is Exhausting.

Don’t Be Confused. Real Success is Exhausting.

Real success is exhausting, because nothing good comes easy.  Or to quote the late Dr. Scott Peck, “love is work, non-love is laziness, and anti-love is evil.” Evil exists, but it is very rare. Most people are just lazy.  Financially lazy, emotionally lazy, intellectually lazy, philosophically lazy — even work lazy.  Most people, just don’t want to do the work that sustainable success requires. Personally, 2015 was an exhausting year for me. My most exhausting yet, actually.  And I really... Read more →

Meditation: Thinking, or Clearing Your Mind?

According to Google, the frequency of use of the word “meditation” in English-language books has tripled from 450 to over 1200 occurrences per million words from 1945 to 2008, as shown in the featured chart. The chart also shows a long, downward trend from 1820 to 1945, with two dips in World Wars I and II. This chart, however, is the only quantitative information I have been able to find about a meditation boom that, according to sources ranging from Bloomberg Businessweek to the... Read more →

Is College Worth It? If It’s a Degree From MIT and Lehigh but Maybe Not Podunk U.

In There Is Life After College, Jeff Selingo explores why students struggle to launch into a career after college and how they can better navigate the route from high school through college and into the work world. It is scheduled to be released by HarperCollins April 12, but you can pre-order your copy now.  The so-called degree premium has long been the biggest selling point of going to college. Simply put, on average college graduates earns more over a lifetime than high-school graduates. In... Read more →
Timely Lessons from Hamilton (the Broadway Phenomenon) and the Founding Father

Timely Lessons from Hamilton (the Broadway Phenomenon) and the Founding Father

Last May, at Wesleyan University’s graduation, the commencement speaker was a young and extraordinarily accomplished young alumnus , Lin-Manuel Miranda, class of 2002.  He dazzled the audience and inspired the class of 2015 with words of wisdom of overcoming adversity and of “not throwing away your shot.”  His message was based on two sources: his own life story and the story of one of America’s (until recently) least understood and strangely under-appreciated Founding... Read more →

Understand the Brain Basis for Leadership Development

Do you know people like this? An executive I know constantly gets impatient, blowing up at her direct reports. At another company, a brilliant systems analyst “can’t be put in front of our clients,” as his boss says, because he instantly starts talking about his solution to their problem. He pays no attention to them – no small talk, no questions, nothing. And, then there is that new team leader who is failing although she was a bright star as a lone contributor. The Brain at Work Each of... Read more →

Understanding the Brain Basis for Leadership Development

Do you know people like this? An executive I know constantly gets impatient, blowing up at her direct reports. At another company, a brilliant systems analyst “can’t be put in front of our clients,” as his boss says, because he instantly starts talking about his solution to their problem. He pays no attention to them – no small talk, no questions, nothing. And, then there is that new team leader who is failing although she was a bright star as a lone contributor. The Brain at Work Each of... Read more →
Driverless Cars - They Are Here, And Here To Stay?

Driverless Cars – They Are Here, And Here To Stay?

Despite the recent controversy involving hacking, it is still my firm belief that driverless cars will be the future. The real question is not “if,” but “when.” Almost all of the major manufacturers have announced that they are investing in research and development, and legislation has been passed to allow testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads in four U.S. states as well as in the UK. Google’s driverless car has travelled more than 1 million miles, and trials of driverless Lutz... Read more →

Are You Giving Off Signs You’re A Desperate Job-Seeker?

We are starting to talk about important topics we haven’t talked about before, at least not in professional life. We are learning to talk about fear and trust. We are starting to notice our body’s reactions to fear. One of them is a racing heart. When we’re fearful, our breathing gets faster and our brain changes, too. Fear shuts down our creativity and openness to new ideas. We go straight to fight or flight mode when we are afraid — and who could blame us? Our brain... Read more →
Can an Optimist Anticipate a Disaster?

Can an Optimist Anticipate a Disaster?

I write quite a bit about being positive, and some readers like to leave comments that suggest that a positive attitude equates to putting your head in the sand. Let’s take a minute to test that hypothesis. I just watched The Big Short, a film that attempts to explain the 2008 financial crisis by following a handful of investors who saw it coming. Here’s my question: could an optimist have seen the crash coming? Here’s my answer: absolutely. Let’s imagine you are an optimist.... Read more →
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