People & Skills

Lin-sanity, Innovation and The Educated Gut

Though I'm not a Knicks fan, I must admit that I've been caught up in "Lin-sanity": the meteoric (and still very early) rise of Jeremy Lin, an unheralded, journeyman bench player who several weeks ago was on the verge of another cut but has put together the most impressive start for a player's first 5 games in the past 40 years. Better than Bird, Jordan or Lebron. Who could have guessed?

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Dr. Feynman’s 6 Principles of Trendspotting

Is it possible to predict the future? Apparently, Richard Feynman could. He dreamed up some of the today’s most exciting technologies, like nanotech and quantum computing, decades ago. Moreover, these weren’t mere daydreams or flashes of inspiration; he foresaw how they would actually work, what problems would have to be overcome, etc.

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Improvisation and Innovation Lessons from Prince

"To reach mastery in improvisation paradoxically requires intensive detailed preparation. What looks like a seamless performance is the result of many hours of preparation and Prince is meticulous in this respect. In business this has been referred to ‘the 10,000 hours effect’ by Tom Peters and, more recently, Malcolm Gladwell.

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An Innovation Lesson From American Idol

Singing is one of those skills that is difficult to evaluate in ourselves. We rely on feedback from others to determine how we’re doing. (Think of American Idol.) The personal capacity to innovate is a lot like that. It’s difficult to gain an accurate sense of our own creativity or analytical skills or insight. How often have you seen people either discount their creativity or exaggerate it? It’s quite common…and not just in singing competitions.

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25 C's of Innovation

It is well known that most people would rather receive information in beautifully wrapped packages that help them 'contain' the message in a simpler way by connecting the info with a tool that allows them to access it when needed. Such is the value of a reliable acronym, reference or letter bundle that offers a welcome bridge over what might otherwise feel like a sea of unweildy or unpackaged information.

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