Let’s Cultivate Innovation

Because energy is central to all human activity, it’s an industry that changes very quickly — especially in today’s economic environment. Although we possess cutting-edge technological know-how, providing energy to as many people as possible means that innovation is more important than ever.   The need to supply clean, cheap, reliable energy is fostering the rapid development of new technologies with very promising growth opportunities in the deep offshore, solar energy, smart... Read more →

The Technology Route to Start Innovation

It is considered a classic innovation ‘mistake’: a technology oriented entrepreneur who first discovers a new technology, and later tries to figure out how people can use it. Without a need there will of course be no market. And without a market there’s no viable business model. A great recent example of this issue is the Google Glass introduction in 2012. A Glass user stated that it was an experience that was far less helpful than expected: “I found that it was not very useful for very... Read more →

Good Charts: The Book I Wish I’d Written

It isn’t often that a book comes out and I say “I wish I’d written that book.” But if I could have double-clicked on the data section of slide:ology and had a book pop out, Good Charts would be the book! It’s a remarkable trek through how data should be explored and displayed—and not just for data scientists and designers, but for everyone. The book’s author Scott Berinato argues that data visualization will soon become an essential workplace skill and that those who learn how to do... Read more →

Disruption – May As Well Be You Doing It.

It’s another new financial year and you’ve probably already thought about what you would like to achieve over the next twelve months, and maybe even beyond. It may be a percentage increase in sales, or a percentage drop in costs, or even an increase in headcount. Whatever it is you are going to focus on, think about this: What would happen if your industry faced the same disruption that some industries have faced in recent years? How would you respond to stay in the game? The world’s most... Read more →

Mindset of a Champion: a Conversation with Patrick Dempsey & Patrick Long

I recently hosted a fascinating conversation with drivers Patrick Long and Patrick Dempsey, two champions whose workplace just happens to be the cockpit of a Porsche race car. Titled Mindset of a Champion, this Open Garage Talk from the Revs Program at Stanford focused on what it takes to perform at your very best, even under the most challenging of circumstances. We explored some big questions around being the best person you can be: How do you prepare yourself mentally, emotionally, and physically... Read more →

Avoid this common business mistake

How many times have you seen a headline similar to this one that appeared last week in an article in the Capital Press, “Despite strong sales, some Oregon wineries financially stressed”? In the article, which claimed that “1/4 of the wineries in Oregon reported poor financial performance” most Oregon wineries also stated that sales were strong. At first glance, this might seem like a paradox.  You might wonder how is it possible to have “strong” even growing... Read more →

Believe It Or Not, Batman vs. Superman Isn’t Just Fantasy

When the movie “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” opens in theaters across the United States March 25, many viewers will think they’re watching pure fantasy. I will not be one of them. It’s not that I actually expect to see the Man of Steel and the Caped Crusader duking it out in Gotham City any time soon; this is unlikely, in my scientific judgment. It’s because, from what’s already been disclosed about the plot, I believe the movie can be viewed as a parable. And I’m tempted all... Read more →

52 Women, 52 Weeks: Erica Keswin Believes “Chance Favors the Prepared Mind.” Do You?

I met Erica Keswin at the New York Times’ New Work Summit and am honored to have her as my first interview in Zuckerberg Media’s new series #52Women52Weeks: Erica Keswin is the Founding Principal of Organization Performance Relationships (O.P.R.), a boutique consulting firm that works with individuals and businesses to address ways to cultivate meaningful and productive relationships, as they face the growing tide of digital distraction. As a keynote speaker and consultant, Erica also... Read more →

Can colleges prepare students for modern jobs while instilling a love for learning?

I recently sat down for a conversation with my friend and MIT Computer Science Professor John Guttag, who teaches a highly popular edX course on computational thinking.  To start, we talked a lot about the recent focus on incorporating computer science into public school curricula.  John feels that in most cases “computer science” is a term that is not well defined – even by those attempting to build policies around its inclusion in public education.  We ultimately agreed that it’s not... Read more →

Want to Get Along Better with People? Ideas for How to Make Others Feel Insightful

We all want to get along well with other people, and one way to do this is to help people feel good about themselves. If you make a person feel smart and insightful, that person will enjoy your company more. The point is not to be manipulative, but to help other people feel good about their contributions to a conversation. Here are some suggestions… 1. Take notes. I’m a compulsive note-taker, and I used to feel self-conscious about pulling out my little notebook and taking notes during a casual... Read more →
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