10 years ago I could be found on stage at conferences evangelizing the principles-based approach to the delivery of IT projects, Agile Project Management. I thought the market was ready, but a lot of the leaders were openly cynical. Continue reading
If you do time in the business world you’ve certainly been exposed to the power of harnessing the voice of internal and external stakeholders to create new ideas and help organizations reinvent themselves. In fact, the statement, “the wisdom of the crowd,” continues to gain traction thanks to the high profile of open-sourcing, crowd-sourcing, social media and front-line idea generation platforms. Continue reading
I wasn’t surprised when I discovered that the word Policy is derived from the French word Police. With a penchant for embracing change my consequential run-ins with the corporate police was to be expected. The good times! Continue reading
The allurement of that shiny new possibility can be the undoing of the entrepreneur and lessen the man that could have been. There is an expression that I believe is more relevant today than it has been in the past and that’s the cliché, ‘spread too thin.’ With the flattening of the world, collaborative ideation, interconnectivity and seeds of new opportunities sprouting everywhere our ability to focus has been challenged. How does one overcome the temptation of distraction?
There is a parable from Greek mythology, ‘Odysseus and the Seirenes’ and this wonderful story highlights the challenge of temptation and the need to focus on the task at hand for survival. Continue reading
If you’ve ever worked in a corporate environment or had anything to do with sales you won’t be surprised to hear that ‘sales targets’ are often pulled out of a hat. Really? Yes, really. Continue reading
Universities are smack in the middle of the ‘disruptive business model’ pathway. One component that is bound to impact the existing post secondary (tertiary) model is this thing called MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). Although I have been exposed to the model for some time, this week will be my first time participating in an online educational course, offered by U.Lab. U.Lab is funded by MIT and Harvard and the course I am on has 22,000 students from 187 countries and the cost is 0…Z-E-R-O! Continue reading
I’ve always been a sucker for the placebo story, a fake treatment that works 40% of the time. “Yeah man, she’s been ingesting these miracle sugar tablets for the last 6 weeks and all of her symptoms have gone.” The uplifting story of the placebo effect.
Recently, as I was eating an ear of corn, I wondered why the placebo effect hasn’t been utilized more often. Continue reading
The title says it all. Why are people pulled toward the entrepreneurial way? There are certainly a myriad of reasons, but when I was reading The laws of imitation and invention: Gabriel Tarde and the evolutionary economics of innovation, I was hit with a deeply poignant feeling. Continue reading