Yes, Your Strategy is Going to Let you Down

https://youtu.be/o7jWKy85SYc The question is not, "will your strategy let you down?" It's, "when your strategy lets you down, what will you do next?"

Yes, Your Strategy is Going to Let you Down2016-03-30T07:42:28+00:00

Want to be more Ingenious? Learn from Biology

In his book, The Serengeti Rules, Sean B. Carroll does a masterful job exploring the interconnected nature of life (especially the life of an ecosystem). I'm not a biologist, in any form. For me, this is a more challenging read; but it's worth it. Let me show you how one concept from the book (from [...]

Want to be more Ingenious? Learn from Biology2016-03-28T07:01:45+00:00

Want more collective ingenuity? Start with personal ingenuity.

It's spring training season where I live (in Fort Myers, Florida). The Boston Red Sox train here in a facility lovingly known as Fenway South. Now, imagine a player strolling into the facility today and declaring that he's done with personal conditioning. "I've had it," he begins. "I'm tired of all this. So... no more running, [...]

Want more collective ingenuity? Start with personal ingenuity.2016-03-25T07:15:20+00:00

Calling all posers, and that would be all of us

Recently I saw a picture of a guy (uploaded on his social media account) promising to help me tap my potential. The picture was of him standing on, what appeared to be, a very large stage as he addressed a crowd. You can't see the crowd, however the dimensions of the stage suggest that it's a [...]

Calling all posers, and that would be all of us2016-03-23T07:17:08+00:00

Ignite Ingenuity: 2 Ways to Increase Resourcefulness During Meetings

Raise your hand if you want your tribe (whether work or interest based) to think and act with more ingenuity during meetings. Look at that, every hand went up. I mean who doesn’t want that? So here are 2 ways to invite more ingenuity when you’re all together. 1.  Do something novel with the space [...]

Ignite Ingenuity: 2 Ways to Increase Resourcefulness During Meetings2016-03-21T07:16:23+00:00

Three Dangerous Little Words

Have you ever overestimated your reach? How about a skill set? Have you ever overestimated your effectiveness in a given situation? I sure have. We all know this moment, right?  We believe an upcoming situation will, go a certain way, based on our efforts. With confidence we might even say--to ourselves or to others--I got this. But once we're in that [...]

Three Dangerous Little Words2016-03-18T07:41:17+00:00

From Tribal Warfare to Tribal Alchemy

A presidential election season reveals a lot about our country. Some of what it reveals is good and noble. Some of it, well...never mind. Among the many "reveals" is an obvious but overlooked reality. We humans are tribal. We flock together around identities and interests. We work to make specific change in the world. Not convinced? [...]

From Tribal Warfare to Tribal Alchemy2016-03-16T06:59:43+00:00

Arrive Before You Arrive: The role of imagination in planning

When little kids use their imaginations we think it's cute. If the person next to us on a plane started talking to an imaginary friend, we'd ring the call button. -- Imagination is a powerful and often underutilized human skill. Too many adults relegate imagination to the basement of their inner worlds. Why is this? In part it's due [...]

Arrive Before You Arrive: The role of imagination in planning2016-03-14T07:05:04+00:00

The moment is ripe if we can catch it

What's a tribe? A collection of people that share space, desire for a specific change, and action toward that change. What's alchemy? The ability to ingeniously turn what you have into what you need in order to overcome challenge and seize opportunity. ---------------------------------------------- Is your tribe seizing the opportune moment--0r is it running by?   [...]

The moment is ripe if we can catch it2016-03-09T08:14:59+00:00

Pithy statements, too good to be true?

Ah, the one-liners of inspiration. We see them everyday on social media--meme's with sayings meant to stir us to a better place. It's easy to under scrutinize and over emphasize pithy statements (including mine). "One liner ideas" that sound inspiring but are like a tic tac, good for a moment but gone too fast. I'm all for [...]

Pithy statements, too good to be true?2016-03-07T07:28:31+00:00

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