Author Archives: Matthew E May

Testing Headwinds of Change

Every year, millions of people “resolve” to lose weight. It’s the number one goal set each January 1. And by about this time each year, it’s the most abandoned one. There are dozens of theories about why that might be, but the explanation I like most is that our optimism tends to overpower any thought of contingency planning.

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The 3-Hour Vision Meeting

The constant rapid changes in today's business climate demands on-the-fly gear shifting for teams and business units. Few can afford to wait until next year's 3-day strategic offsite meeting, a model fast becoming a relic of more halcyon days. So how do you quickly and nimbly get everyone on board to create collective mindshare and emotional investment in charting a path for the foreseeable future?

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Joy Inc – Interview With Richard Sheridan

Menlo Innovations CEO and chief storyteller Richard Sheridan recently codified "The Menlo Way" in a brand new book, Joy, Inc: How We Built a Workplace People Love. I caught up with Sheridan recently to ask him a few questions about the business of joy and how he created a company culture that seems to make everyone happy.

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Lean v. Innovation…Wrong Question!

I get the question all the time, especially from organizations who have significant investment in some process improvement program — like a "lean six sigma" or "lean kaizen" initiative - and have picked all the low-hanging fruit clean, squeezed as much inefficiency from their work as is humanly feasible, and are now realizing that their beloved program wasn't all that market-focused.

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What Is Talent?

If it's true, as we often hear, that the artist is not a special kind of person, but rather that every person is a special kind of artist, then the journey to creative excellence must begin with finding the key to unlocking that special artistry.

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The Myths of Creativity

What causes us to be creative one day and completely blocked the next? Where do our sudden creative insights—our Eureka! moments—come from, and how can we generate more of them, more consistently? What brand of creativity is best suited to business?

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