Dear Apple, Don’t Get Distracted By Poor iPhone Sales. Ask The Right Questions

The growth of Apple has slowed. This was bound to happen. Markets and market shares have limits. Yesterday's announcement contained all the normal "spins" from Apple Exec's (Apple's future is bright) and Wall Street Analysts (Apple's best days are behind it). But are iPhone sales Apple's biggest issue?   News-- like the kind Apple delivered [...]

Dear Apple, Don’t Get Distracted By Poor iPhone Sales. Ask The Right Questions2016-04-27T14:31:18+00:00

Jose, Apple Salsa and the Limitations that Led To Alchemy

The air was crisp and cool as the vendors arranged their wares under the ubiquitous white tents that signal the presence of a farmer’s market. My wife and I were up early to put a dent in our 10,000 steps as we came upon the market. Knowing my wife’s love for a good farmer’s market, [...]

Jose, Apple Salsa and the Limitations that Led To Alchemy2016-04-25T07:23:09+00:00

How To Use Emotional Reactions To Better Your Strategic Conversations

Humans are Mood Inductors In her 2002 study “The Ripple Effect: Emotional Contagion and Its Influence on Group Behavior,” Sigal G. Barsade called human beings “walking mood inductors.” What a great description of human beings and the emotional influence we have on each other.   We know that inductors are devices that temporarily store energy [...]

How To Use Emotional Reactions To Better Your Strategic Conversations2016-04-22T08:51:27+00:00

Insight: The Intention of Alchemy-Producing Tribes

I live my life and do my work in the shadow of a simple but powerful principle: the way you enter a situation has a lot to do with the way it will turn out.   [Tweet "the way you enter a situation has a lot to do with the way it will turn out. [...]

Insight: The Intention of Alchemy-Producing Tribes2016-04-20T06:50:43+00:00

Thoughts on the loss of a friend and the sting of not staying connected

I woke up Sunday morning to news that a friend had died Saturday night. At 44, Tom Billionis was a pillar of the Springfield, MO community. Tom and I lived in Tucson, AZ a number of years ago. Along with a group of five or six other guys, we met weekly to talk about life, [...]

Thoughts on the loss of a friend and the sting of not staying connected2016-04-18T05:47:43+00:00

Stephen Colbert Has A New Showrunner and Why Context Matters

It seems we all need help, even the genius comedian Stephen Colbert. In an article for Variety on April 13, Brian Steinberg (@bristei) noted that "Late Show"  is getting a new showrunner and executive producer in Chris Licht.   The part of Steinberg's piece that stood out to me was this,   --- He {Colbert} [...]

Stephen Colbert Has A New Showrunner and Why Context Matters2016-04-15T06:07:19+00:00

No, Elon Musk Did Not Do All That This Week. Think: Super Tribe, Not Superman or Superwoman

This meme really gets it wrong. When I first saw the meme, I was certain the creator meant only to inspire. I'm sure the message intended is something like, "Hey, take a look at what this guy did this week. Are you sure you're living up to your potential?" The trouble is it's just not [...]

No, Elon Musk Did Not Do All That This Week. Think: Super Tribe, Not Superman or Superwoman2016-04-13T05:30:37+00:00

How To Discover Opportunities Hidden In Everyday Interactions

Authors: Dave Fleming and Michael Soto, co-founder of Spark Collaboration -- Think back to the moment you met a person who is now important in your life. Can you remember where you were? Do you remember the circumstances surrounding the meeting? Do you remember what you talked about? How did that first encounter "happen," and [...]

How To Discover Opportunities Hidden In Everyday Interactions2016-04-11T05:12:03+00:00

Stuck in a challenge? Name it. Free Webinar April 14 @ 2PM EST

Ya know that stuck feeling you get when you're trying to find the way out of or through a challenge? Each failed attempt to overcome the challenge seems to increase frustration and "stuckness." OK, so don't throw a sharp object at me for suggesting this, but... What if that frustrating feeling that accompanies an unmet challenge [...]

Stuck in a challenge? Name it. Free Webinar April 14 @ 2PM EST2016-04-08T06:13:57+00:00

What If…the creative solution is found in the constraint?

Stuck? Constrained? Limited? We often chafe at the constraints brought on by challenges. But what if the constraint itself is part of the way through the challenge? What if the solution is hiding in the problem? What if freedom could be found in the limitation? In order to turn the constraint of a challenge into [...]

What If…the creative solution is found in the constraint?2016-04-06T05:01:38+00:00

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