Author Archives: Matthew E May

Meet The Thoughtstarters

Thoughtstarters have the strategic talents of thinking and conceiving that keep us all more inquisitive and progressive. Visionary and analytical, they’re all about theory, big ideas and direction. They seem to be driven by a natural need for knowledge and reason, and they’re at their best when they’re up against a philosophical challenge.

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The Innovator’s Temptations

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is, “How can we unleash innovation all across our company?” Through the course of working with dozens of different organizations and teams, I’ve noticed four common traps that are all too easy to fall into..

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The Art Elements of Work

We've all heard the cliches: "If you're going to do something, do it right," and "If you want something done right, do it yourself." Change one word -- "right" to "artfully" -- and the view of work as art is not the far reach it may appear to be. But allow me to state my case more, er, artfully.

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Monster Loyalty, ala Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is one of the most well-known pop artists in the world, which is no surprise given her vocal talents and often bizarre wardrobe. She’s sold 23 million albums, won five Grammy awards, and been named by Forbes as one of the world’s most powerful celebrities. But behind the public persona lies a shrewd and calculating business professional..

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Why Johnny Cannot Innovate

A few days ago a reporter for Investor's Business Daily contacted me by email, asking several questions about innovation. I didn't have the time to answer all of them, so I asked him what he really wanted to know. He replied that what he really wanted was a bottom line answer to the question of what makes the most difference in a company's ability to innovate. As is my inclination, I reframe such questions to be about what isn't there, versus what is.

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The Art of 5 Whys

Recently I had a conversation with a friend who was upset about some directional shifts and looming job shuffles swirling around their company. As I listened to the lament, I recognized the fact that they were focusing on the symptoms of the issue. All of his reactions and proposed courses of action in response to the unsettling circumstances didn't address what I could tell was something deeper.

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Is There a QOOQ In Your Kitchen?

In the era of tablet computing, one thing that might have been predictable amidst the rapid proliferation is specialization. To wit, the QOOQ tablet, pictured here, designed for a fairly narrow function: cooking. Why might you need a special tablet for your kitchen, you ask?

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