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Apologies to Apple, but isn’t “Think Differently” more grammatically correct?

When I was in elementary school, I used to get teased incessantly because of my last name. Kids would surround me in the playground and chant my name over and over and make faces at me. I guess at the time my last name was kinda long and strange sounding, considering everyone else around me was…

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6 Ways To Not Fall Asleep In Meetings

6 Ways To Not Fall Asleep In Meetings

Brian / Flickr

Brian / Flickr

Actually, I’ve nearly done it a number of times. And you have to wonder, is it me, or is it the meeting?

A little while back, I read a blog post by someone who shall remain nameless. He was commenting that he would have to try and figure out how to work with people he called “older workers” after an incident where someone he called an “older worker” fell asleep in one of his…

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Automation Is The Key To The Future

Automation Is The Key To The Future

JAM Project / flickr

JAM Project / flickr

You guys! Remember The Jetson’s when George used to get home and his car would drop him onto a chair which was being pulled along by conveyor belt and he got given pretty much everything as he went by, even the slippers put on his feet by his loving wife?

Some people have recently been writing that we are already in the world of the Jetsons – that many of the things that they…

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Chief Innovation Officer? We Don’t Need No Stinking…

Chief Innovation Officer? We Don’t Need No Stinking…

innovation2Lately, it’s become de rigueur for companies to create the position of Chief Innovation Officer. Which is great, because, you think, that they have finally realized that innovation is truly important and fully worthy of having a full-time body in the C-Suite totally dedicated to innovation.

So I ask you, what is the CEO doing? What is your CMO doing? What is the rest of your C-Suite doing, if not…

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Hell Is Other Founders?
Aslak Raanes / Flickr / a Return Ticket To Hell

Aslak Raanes / Flickr / a Return Ticket To Hell

Apologies to Jean-Paul Sartre but as someone who’s run a few startups of my own, I can sometimes agree. Sometimes I really think that one can do it on their own – but that takes a very special combination of skills in order to be successful. Most of us need co-founders, but sometimes they are more trouble that they are worth.

All of my life growing…

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6 Steps To Ultra Productivity

6 Steps To Ultra Productivity

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Are you always feeling like time is getting away from you? Do you always feel like you are behind on things?

A little while back, I gave you guys a little glimpse into how I stay productive and deal with emails (One Tip To Get To Inbox Zero) and how I organize my todo list (Finally, A Decent Shareable Todo App) and I teased how I stay super productive. So here is it: If…

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Copy This, A-Hole.
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I am steaming mad as I write this. Sure, they all say, calm down, don’t write in anger, but I felt that I had to get my words out on the screen.

I short while ago, I got accepted into the LinkedIn publisher program – I was very excited about this as I feel that LinkedIn is a very powerful professional network and I would love to share my knowledge on startups, innovation and…

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Are You Ready For A Seamless World?

As I was driving to pick up my son from school the other day, I noticed I was running late, so I used Google Now to text him and tell him I was running late.

Are You Ready For A Seamless World?

As I was driving to pick up my son from school the other day, I noticed I was running late, so I used Google Now to text him and tell him I was running late.

Is Innovation Second Fiddle In Your Organization?

Is Innovation Second Fiddle In Your Organization?

KYLE MAY / FLICKR

KYLE MAY / FLICKR

Stop for a second and think about innovation at your company. Look around you. Where is your focus? What’s your top-of-mind? Is your focus on developing the next set of products which will blow away not only your competitors current and future products, but will also leapfrog your own? If not, my guess is that innovation is playing second fiddle at your company.

To all of those…

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Startup Monday: Save My Spot

Startup Monday: Save My Spot

BRITT-KNEE / FLICKR

BRITT-KNEE / FLICKR

Elevator Pitch: Reserve any space by the hour

Going to start a series where I profile an interesting new startup every Monday, or I’ll throw out some ideas for a startup that you might want to take up and run with – heck, I just love coming up with ideas and if I can’t do them myself, maybe you’ll find them interesting enough to do on your own.

As I was mentioning earlier, my…

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