Psychology

Rational Optimism

How about this for a view of the future? Prosperity spreads, technology progresses, poverty declines, disease retreats, fecundity falls, happiness increases, violence atrophies, freedom grows, knowledge flourishes, the environment improves and wilderness expands. According to scientist and author, Matt Ridley, this is what we can expect from the future based on a reasonable reading of human progress starting with the ...

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Work Out With A Little Help From Your Friends

In the Participation Economy, we’re all connected. Our days are centered around social media, email, text messages, Blackberries, iPhones and e-Readers. Facebook and LinkedIn have become such a big part of our lives that they’re almost irreplaceable. We’re so interconnected, that even the smallest decisions are made by a collective We, rather than the individual. Want to go to a ...

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Television: Part 2 – The Future is Bright

When all else fails, try being good. So starts New York Magazine’s excellent feature this month on why American television is better than it’s been in ages. In a world where American Idol, Survivor and Dancing with the Stars are used to being the center of attention, smaller shows like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and 30 Rock are changing the way Americans look at TV.

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Television: Part 1 – We’re All Screenagers

4 Visionaries Who Saw Far Into The Future And How They Did It

Television is the ultimate connector. I’ve been saying this for a long time. The reason TV is so engaging is because it uses sight, sound and motion to deliver the three keys to a person’s heart – mystery, sensuality and intimacy. Every year the last few decades, trend pieces start popping up in magazines predicting “The death of television,” yet ...

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Animals Can't Drive Utes

I get a lot of interesting things sent to me about Lovemarks, and here is one out of left field. A Masters student in Australia, Bibi Deena Syed sent me over a hardbound thesis … that’s a psychoanalytic study of Lovemarks. Crazy? Psychoanalyzing love? I’ve traveled the world sharing and discussing Lovemarks with thousands of people, and every time I ...

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Listen to Your Subconscious Mind

If you study the lives of people who have had Eureka moments, you’ll discover that their breakthroughs almost always came after extended periods of intense, conscious effort. They worked, they noodled, they struggled. They abandoned all hope, they recommitted — and then the breakthrough came. And often at the most unexpected of moments. They weren’t buying lottery tickets at their ...

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Accountability – The Foundation of Sustainable Innovation

Without accountability, there is no innovation. Action items won’t get done, programs will lose traction, meetings will fall off the calendar – the issue can be as frustrating as “herding cats”. Every company culture needs accountability. Actually, for any company to succeed accountability is an imperative. Members of a corporate team need to feel responsible for their work – to ...

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Faking It Won't Make It

“The hardest thing in the world to fake,” the old saying goes, “is sincerity”. Like all successful and durable one-liners, this pokes at a truth: ultimately, authenticity cannot be mimicked. It’s an observation that resonates increasingly. In marketing and beyond, authenticity can be treated as something of a buzz word and is often cast as a trend (‘2010 is the ...

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Innovation Failure Points – Inside-Out Innovation

In a continuing series of posts I am examining a number of consistent innovation failure points, under the thinking that learning from failure is much more instructive than learning from success, since often success is situational, while repeated failures can be instructive. In the first two posts, we reviewed failing by starting poorly, and failing by neglecting to closely link ...

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Listening Is the Most Powerful Form of Influence

If you’re interested in raising the bar for innovation in your organization, start listening more. Listening, quite simply, is the most powerful form of influence. Generally speaking, when we think of influencing others we are thinking about our ability to get others to think and act in ways we want them to, in ways that serve our interests and objectives. ...

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