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Put Down The Mouse And Step Away From The Computer

Put Down The Mouse And Step Away From The Computer

Jonathan Philips / Flickr

Jonathan Philips / Flickr

As someone who’s been steeped in the culture of innovation most of my career and in Silicon Valley for the last 15 years of my career, I sometimes find that those two ethos’s (ethii?) sometimes compete with each other. After all, the Silicon Valley ethos is one of entrepreneurs sacrificing all sorts of things (social life, time, money) in order to build the next big…

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The Top 100 Least Innovative Companies

The Top 100 Least Innovative Companies

Innovation (1)Now, you didn’t really think that this was going to be a post with a list of the top 100 least innovative companies in it, did you? I mean, how would I go about doing that anyways – call up companies that I think are not innovating and ask if they want to be on this list? I doubt if anyone would admit to it.

But I’ll bet that when you saw that headline you probably thought to yourself – hmm – I…

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100% Of Business Is Following Up

100% Of Business Is Following Up

Iain Watson / Flickr

Iain Watson / Flickr

The quote “80 percent of life is showing up” is widely attributed to Woody Allen, although the authority of the internet, Wikipedia, doesn’t confirm it – personally I think its true. But in business, showing up 100% of the time is table stakes. What I do see too much of though is a lack of follow up.

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve not gotten as much as a…

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What Kind Of Innovation Is That?

What Kind Of Innovation Is That?

Tsahi Levent-Levi/Flickr

Tsahi Levent-Levi/Flickr

Last week, Forbes reported that the father of disruptive innovation, Clayton Christensen, who wrote the original text on innovation – The Innovator’s Dilemma, said that he may have regretted the use of the word “disruptive”, and may now be working to replace it with something like “quantum” instead. Methinks that people are having a bit of trouble with the meaning of the…

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Do It Differently
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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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Sebastien Wiertz / Flickr

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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