Author Archives: Greg Satell

Transforming Healthcare from Within

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How One Woman Is Working To Transform The Healthcare System From Within The successful decoding of the human genome in 2003 was a historic achievement.  Not only because it unlocked the biological code to life, but also because it marked a new fusion of life sciences and information technology, using powerful computers and analytical techniques to multiply scientists’ efforts many times ...

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The Tony Soprano Problem

The Tony Soprano Problem

Tony Soprano, the heavy-handed mafia boss from the famous TV show, was a master of coercion.  Through violence, extortion and bribery he rose to the top of his industry, leaving competitors in his wake.  Despite the high employee turnover in his organization, he achieved attractive margins. Yet sensing that he could benefit by exploring alternative strategies, he often sought the advice ...

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There Is No One True Path To Innovation

There Is No One True Path To Innovation

Innovation has become like a religion in business today, with “innovate or die” as its mantra. When a company succeeds, people attribute its good fortune to superior innovation. When it fails, people say it lacked the ability to innovate, no matter how many new products it launched. The message is simple: you need to disrupt to survive. So it shouldn’t ...

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The Revolution Will Not Be Centralized

The Revolution Will Not Be Centralized

In his novel The Castle, Franz Kafka tells the story of a man named “K” who is summoned by mysterious authorities for unknown reasons.  He finds himself at the mercy of their bureaucracy and endless paperwork, which is carried out for a purpose that nobody can fathom but everyone seems to accept. Most people can relate to the story.  20th century ...

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The Science Behind Better Networking

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Networking is a time-honored tradition. You go to a conference or other event, mix it up, meet new people and expand your circle. Hopefully, one of these random connections will be fruitful and lead to a new opportunity that will make you a richer, more fulfilled person. That does happen, but it’s exceedingly rare. Random connections are random for a ...

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The Art of The Shift

The Art Of The Shift

In an age of disruption the only viable strategy is to adapt. Today things move too quickly to stick with old paradigms once their time has passed.  Once outdated platforms fail to solve new problems, they will be overtaken with blazing speed and we must either make a shift or get left behind. Yet that’s easier said than done.  As I’ve ...

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How PARC Saved Xerox

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Xerox invented the core technology that made personal computing easy and fun—the mouse, the graphical user interface and the ethernet—but it was Steve Jobs who built the Macintosh and profited. By now, the story has become so well known that it’s almost a cliche. The story resonates because it ties into two recurring themes: The wily entrepreneur outmaneuvering the bloated corporate behemoth and the primacy of business acumen over the development of core technology. Yet there’s a lot more to it than that.

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4 Innovation Lessons from the History of Warfare

4 Innovation Lessons from the History of Warfare

What do the Hydrogen bomb, the Minuteman missile and precision guided weapons all have in common? They all provided crucial financing for technology that we now carry around in our pockets.  It is a curious fact of modern society that civilian life, in large part, is powered by the technology of war. Even today, national security budgets continue to play ...

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Managing With A Soul

“Managing without soul has become an epidemic in society. Many managers these days seem to specialize in killing cultures, at the expense of human engagement.” That’s what management guru Henry Mintzberg recently wrote about the current state of corporate culture on his blog.

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