Poo as Good Business

Talk about nothing wasted. Behold the founding story, which reads more like a creation myth, of Poo~Pourri. A 40-year old woman from Jonesboro, Arkansas declares her second bankruptcy. Conventional “rules” of success did not work for her life. To heal she renounces the world of commerce and takes two-year spiritual quest, experimenting with alternative healing methods that included the lost ...

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Data Bias Is Becoming A Massive Problem

Nobody sets out to be biased, but it’s harder to avoid than you would think. Wikipedia lists over 100 documented biases from authority bias and confirmation bias to the Semmelweis effect, we have an enormous tendency to let things other than the facts to affect our judgments. We all, as much as we hate to admit it, are vulnerable. Machines, ...

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How Administrative Assistants Can Help Creativity In A Big Way

As the hidden communication and prioritization network, administrative assistants can have a great impact on company innovation. Last year I was asked to deliver a keynote to an internal company conference for administrative professionals in Virginia. The topic was culture for creativity. My “standard” talks typically focused on engineers, marketing people, and others in the organization who are the type of ...

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Greatest Business Innovations of 2017 and Beyond Driven by This Trend

The hottest commodity of the next decade is already at the heart of nearly every disruptive business model, from Uber to Amazon. There’s an apocryphal quote often attributed to Charles Deull, Commissioner of the Patent and Trademark Office in 1899, ” Everything that can be invented has been invented.” While we don’t want to believe it we actually behave as ...

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Advice to a Young Physician Entrepreneur

I’m often asked about how to pursue a physician entrepreneurial career pathway. Like Peter Medawar opined almost 35 years ago in his “Advice to a Young Scientist”, allow me to offer some advice : 1. You will not learn about innovation or entrepreneurship in medical school or residency. Medical education is designed to teach students clinical care and research methods. If ...

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Flipping the Script on Innovation

“If the Door is Shut, Open it. If the Door is Open, Shut it.” Change of State Innovation In looking for innovations it is sometimes helpful to consider whether your product or service is open or closed.  If it is open what would happen if you enclosed it?  If it is closed what would happen if you opened it?  The ...

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Proactive versus Reactive Innovation: Learning from Nature

I’ve always believed that we can learn how to innovate, and organize our businesses by learning from nature. One example is to question Wall Street’s obsession with short-term results, by understanding how giant redwoods maximize long-term growth by embracing variations based on short-term changes in resources.   https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/does-wall-street-have-growth-wrong-giant-redwood-trees-pete-foley/.  I also believe that we can learn a lot about fast, agile decision-making ...

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Top Innovative HR Conferences, CHRO’s and Hashtags Signal Healthy Trend

Drum roll please… The world of work is changing as many Unicorns recognize the indelible link between talent, brand and innovation. As we head into the CHRO (and Chief People Officers) busy fall conference season, we wanted to salute ten top innovative Chief Human Resources Officers (CHROs)  and the growing group of CHROs on Twitter.  This is a cohort that ...

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