One Thing All Successful People Have in Common

I was speaking with a good friend recently and she shared with me something that triggered a thought about what makes people successful and happy. If you’re an innovator, pay close attention, this is especially relevant to you. Stick with me because this is perhaps the most important lesson I’ve learned about success and which I can pass on. I’ve ...

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3 Problems With Positioning Statements

The concept of positioning statements has been around for decades, however just because you know what positioning is, doesn’t mean you understand how to do it. The classic positioning statement is a fill-in-the blanks exercise where you create a single phrase that encapsulates what your offering is about relative to your competition. It usually looks something like this: There Are ...

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Extreme Collaboration

Collaboration, as a concept, can be used by those seeking control of a culture for their own purposes. If collaboration becomes a form of groupthink or censorship, watch out. I’ve seen many different professional cultures version of collaboration—and have left some feeling as if I were in a governmental public input meeting where very little actual input is allowed by ...

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Innovation & Artificial Intelligence: Right Here, Right Now!

AI/ML is not just for the FANG companies (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google) but is beginning to be a substantial part of new products in unexpected categories, and is helping established business innovate.  But even today, it is impacting how we manage teams and projects, enabling teams to be more efficient and creative.  A great example (here today) is using ...

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Introduction to the 100 Task Startup playbook

Martin Bell is a global startup advisor, angel investor, and Founder & CEO of Bell Ventures. He was previously with Rocket Internet SE, and helped build, scale, and assess ~50 companies. He came up recently with a new tool for startups, the 100 Task Startup playbook. He kindly accepted to us on a tour to the playbook. 1) Hi Martin, would you ...

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Barriers to Physician Entrepreneurship

Physician entrepreneurship describes physicians, or other health professionals, pursuing opportunity under conditions of uncertainty with the goal of creating user defined value through the deployment of biomedical and clinical innovation. One way to do that is to create a product, a service or a company, but there are many other ways as well. Fortunately, students, trainees and clinicians at all ...

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The Power of Problem Exploration

“‘Houston, we’ve had a problem here.” John Swigert’s famous words, delivered in a voice as calm and clear as the mountain air in his native Denver, Colorado. But to the Apollo 13 mission controllers thousands of miles below in Texas, this fired the starting gun in a race against time. At 3:08 a.m. UTC on April 14, 1970, an explosion in ...

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Driving Digital Strategy to Reimagine Your Business

Recently I had the opportunity to interview Sunil Gupta, the Edward W. Carter Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, where he is the chair of the General Management Program and co-chair of the executive program on Driving Digital Strategy. His research examines the impact of digital technology on consumer behavior, business, and society. Dr. Gupta is the author ...

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