What is innovation?

daVincisVitruvianManThere are hundreds (thousands?) of sources that provide complicated, usually stale answers to this question.

Long ago, Oliver Wendell Holmes said he didn’t care a fig for simplicity on this side of complexity but would give his life for simplicity on the … READ MORE

The CEO’s role in leading transformation

The CEO's RoleHere is a brief excerpt from an article by Carolyn B. Aiken and Scott P. Keller for the McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey & Company. As they explain, the CEO helps a transformation succeed by communicating its significance, modeling … READ MORE

David Brooks on “Obama in Winter”

Photo Credit: Josh Haner/The New York Times

Photo Credit: Josh Haner/The New York Times

Over the years, I have relied on a few journalists to help me navigate my way through the forces and events that resemble a … READ MORE

Prospects for growth: An interview with Robert Solow

Bob_Solow_150x84Here is a brief excerpt from an interview of Robert Solow by Martin Neil Baily and Frank Comes for the McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey & Company. The economist who won a Nobel Prize for advancing our understanding of technology … READ MORE

The next generation of our “best and brightest”….

StuddentsThose who have some concerns about the current state of education in the United States and, more specifically, about how well-prepared the next generation will be to cope with the challenges that await, will find this brief video will be of … READ MORE

6 Ways to Motivate Yourself at Work

Six Ways
Here is a brief excerpt from an article by Rebecca Borison for Inc. magazine. In it, she suggests that, if you’re feeling less than inspired, you need to take matters into your own hands. To read the complete article, … READ MORE

Karl Ronn: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris

RonnKarl Ronn is the managing director of Innovation Portfolio Partners. Based in Palo Alto, he helps Fortune 500 companies create new businesses or helps entrepreneurs start category creating new companies. He is a cofound VC-backed Butterfly Health that sells Butterfly body … READ MORE

Thanksgiving: Did you already know?

thanks-1Bill Bryson is one of my favorite writers. Here is a brief excerpt from Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States (1998).

“When a celebration was deemed in order, … READ MORE

Soul to Soul with Legendary NBA Coach Phil Jackson


Phil Jackson played on or coached 13 teams that won a National Basketball Association championship. He is frequently referred to as the “Zen Master” (perhaps you saw the Audi television commercial) because he … READ MORE

Here are 30 of the all-time best comebacks

Having a witty comeback to a stupid or embarrassing question or comment is a skill that will help you to always come up on top. Because, let’s face it, no one likes being put down in front of a crowd. And if you think that you have it rough inside your circle of friends, … READ MORE


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