Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Dangers of SWOT

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The Dangers of Traditional SWOT Analysis It’s that time of year again. And, no, I’m not referring to Christmas shopping… I’m talking about strategic planning. This is the time of year to pause for a bit longer than usual and think and about what winning will look like next year. It’s when we peer into the future to determine where ...

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Slow Down, So You Can Go Fast

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In today’s world, we’re all running so fast that pausing to engage in these kinds of processes feels like we’re falling behind. But if we don’t take the time to evaluate how we gather information and how we reach conclusions based on that information, we end up making decisions that can have disastrous consequences. And this is the process I call “slowing down in order to go fast.”

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Steve Jobs and Thomas Edison

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“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” The most frequently cited words ever spoken by Thomas Edison - for better or for worse - stand as a benchmark for the relationship between inspiration and human effort. But most people need more than 1% inspiration to do anything. In his genius, Edison only needed 1% inspiration…and our mourned wunderkind Steve Jobs as well. But the rest of us need much more than 1% to swing us into action.

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Exploring for Innovation by Space, Sea, and Land

The partnership between the Foundation and Shell has been more than a year in the making and is part of Shell's ongoing commitment to innovation. Shell is widely known within the innovation community for its Gamechanger internal and open innovation initiative that many other organization's have endeavored to learn from. Now Shell has chosen to continue its innovation efforts outside its four walls by beginning an innovation journey with the X PRIZE Foundation.

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Leadership is NOT Dodgeball

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Leadership today seems to be all too often confused with playing a game of dodgeball. It’s as if many leaders show-up for work each day with a freshly applied coat of Teflon, ready to duck and dodge anything that comes their way. Let me be clear – I appreciate savvy and finesse as much as the next person, but not as a substitute for courage. We have too many people in leadership positions who can’t or won’t accept responsibility for anything.

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The Power of Now

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I think we underestimate the power of now, and I think we waste too much emotional energy on the past and future. We use the past to create self-inflicted paralysis, to rationalize inaction. We dissect our failures to avoid future missteps, and push progress into the future. We make no progress in the now. This is wrong on so many levels.

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Steve Jobs' Best Speech – the 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept: No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away.

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Will Big Data Drive Big Insights or Big Costs?

IBM today is announcing a broad portfolio of new software that applies its expertise in analytics in a new way to the infrastructure of an organization. Now that we are surrounded by data and organizations are accumulating more and more data about their operations, their customers, their processes and more, analytics can be applied for the purpose of identifying hidden patterns and using that knowledge to gain industry insight.

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