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How to Educate for the Future – Not the Past

How to Educate for the Future – Not the Past - Innovation Excellence

Clearly, we need to rethink education. Our kids will face a much different world than we live in now. In fact, a study at Oxford concluded that nearly half of the jobs that exist today will be automated in the next 20 years. To prepare for the future, we need to replace our regimented education system with one that fosters skills like teamwork, communication and exploration.

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Innovation Failure Lessons from Virgin, Pfizer, Rock n Roll

I was called up by Sir Richard Branson's first hire at Virgin Atlantic and recommended to contact a company called F*** Up Nights. Virgin's David Tait had spoken at one of their events in NYC on Virgin's more glorious failures and he thought I may have a story to share. Failure can be a much more powerful learning tool in business than success if we are willing to learn from it.

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What Else Can We Teach Through Rhythm?

It’s Time for a Fresh Approach — Rhythm Can Help Rhythm is inextricably tied to language. The human heartbeat shares a time signature with one of the most universal linguistic patterns known to man, the iambic meter (“Shall-I com-PARE thee-TO a-SUM mer’s-DAY?”). Speechwriters frequently use rhythm to their advantage, hoping to stir listeners with a specific cadence or tempo. Numerous ...

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Personal Mastery : An interview with Ida Nielsen – Bass Anchor for Prince

Personal Mastery : An interview with Ida Nielsen - Bass Anchor for Prince - Innovation Excellence

I had the unique privilege of interviewing Ida Nielsen, bass anchor for Prince and now stepping out in her own right as a singer – songwriter, following Prince’s tragic and premature death, age 57. In the interview and subsequent private conversations with Ida I discussed a number of topics with parallel lessons for anyone seeking to innovate by breaking the mould. Discipline ...

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RIP George Martin – An Innovation Master

It has been a tough few months for Rock and Roll. We have lost Bowie, Lemmy, BB King, Chris Squire, Scott Weiland, Glenn Frey and today, Keith Emerson. On Tuesday, we lost another master blender and enabler – Sir George Martin, the Fifth Beatle. As an innovator, he epitomized many traits we should all aspire to - Expertise, openness, crossing boundaries and passion for quality. RIP Sir George

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