Tag Archives: Philosophy

What Mike Tyson and the Stoics Teach Us About Innovation

I spend a great deal of time searching for new ways of thinking about innovation and I must admit that I never thought that I would write an innovation article that included both Mike Tyson and the ancient practice of Stoicism. In his new book, Tyson recalls life lessons to which he attributed much of his success. These ideas, similar to the Stoics' are worth exploring from an innovation practitioner perspective.

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The Story of Technology

Every age is defined by its technology.  The stories of Dickens wouldn’t have been possible without the steam engine and the industrial revolution it brought about.  For that matter, neither would the those of Vanderbilt or Carnegie. And what would the 20th century have been like without the internal combustion engine and electricity? Yet we often miss the fact that stories drive ...

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Amazon's Innovation Philosophy

What may have started with a question from @evanjacobs at Amazon.com's 2011 shareholder meeting, ended with interesting commentary from Amazon's CEO - Jeff Bezos - on their philosophy around invention, innovation, and risk taking. The key insights I extracted from Bezos' response to the question about their lack of big visible market failures and whether Amazon is continuing to take bold enough risks are as follows:

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