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5 Most Dangerous Things an Entrepreneur Can Do

If I’ve learned anything in my short time on Earth it’s that there is no success without taking risk-even if it’s only taking on the perception of risk. That’s exactly what stops most people; the sense that standing still is safer than moving forward. We end up stuck on the shoreline as we wait for some untold future to arrive ...

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Making New Mistakes

Nothing is quite so frustrating as working with a client who claims to want and need innovation, but is paralyzed by indecision or doubt. Unless, of course, it is a client who has decided that regardless of the new ideas they generate, they will all fail, because of the mistakes they made in the past.

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Mistakes versus Experiments

One of the reasons that people try to avoid failing is that it seems like they’ve screwed up if they fail. This can certainly be the case, if your failure is major. But if you set up experiments to test ideas out, and you learn from them, then failing can be very productive.

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Confusing the Pilot and the Prototype

I found  an innovation team the other day that spends its life doing pilots Now, don’t get me wrong. That is a perfectly good way to make innovation investments. Pilots are an important outcome of the innovation process because they let an organization “suck it and see” before they take whatever-it-is to a broad base of customers. But I was struck, when talking with this ...

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Get Better Results by Making Your Thinking Visible

Expose yourself? No, I’m not talking about trench coats or the number two activity on the web (porn is BEHIND social media these days!). I’m referring to common communication challenges that can be easily overcome by pausing to bring others along in your thinking process. When we present ideas to other people, especially new ideas, we tend to focus on ...

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