Category: The Weekly Roundup

Simulate to Stimulate

Pilots are required to invest hundreds of hours in simulated flight scenarios before taking command of a live aircraft. Race car simulators help drivers prepare for the unexpected, so that they’ll be fully ready for unforeseen circumstances. Astronauts first experience weightlessness in a simulation chamber so they can become accustomed to a gravity-free environment. Simulations are used by top performing […]

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The 7 Sins of Mediocrity

Since ancient times, we’ve been fascinated with the seven deadly sins that lead people astray. Gluttony, greed, and lust (among others) have certainly been the downfall of many. But lurking in the shadows lie traps just as sinister. While less overtly treacherous, these sins befall most of us at various times in our lives. They […]

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21 Creativity Quotes

This week, I decided to share the wisdom of others. Here are 21 hand-picked quotes on creativity: 1. “Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called ‘All the Things That Could Go Wrong.’” Marianne Williamson 2. “If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.” General Erick […]

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Overpromise

We’ve heard it a hundred times. “Under-promise, and over-deliver.” It’s one of those truisms that appears indisputable, right up with “the customer is always right” and “the early bird gets the worm.” But as one who enjoys balking traditional approaches, I respectfully disagree. To me, this false wisdom encourages mediocrity. It grants permission to make […]

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Fighting Fires

The blaring shrill from the station bell startles the team into action. Within minutes, the crew is speeding down the road, racing to challenge a raging blaze to a fistfight. Adrenaline pumps through the veins of both veteran and newly minted firefighters as they summon the courage to strut face-first into danger. The stakes couldn’t […]

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Can Innovation Save 1.3 Million Lives Each Year?

Rightfully so, the global community reacts in outrage when terrorists take the lives of innocent citizens. Millions walk in solidarity to stomp out breast cancer, while entire communities take to the streets in protest over deadly violence. But we seem to just accept the 1.3 million deaths – and 50 million injuries – related to […]

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Mind The Gap

If you’ve ever travelled to London, the iconic phrase, “Mind the gap,” has been forever burned into your memory. The automated warning is heard thousands of times each day at every stop of the subway system. The London Underground, affectionately known as “the Tube”, is the oldest rapid transit system in the world. In 1968, […]

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How Going Big Can Actually Reduce Risk

In our professional lives, we often find ourselves launching something new. It could be a new product, service, ad campaign, recipe, geographic expansion, process overhaul, sales contest or even an internal cultural shift. No matter what you’re launching, you have a choice to make: Dip your toe in the water slowly, or go big. Instinctively, the bashful […]

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What do Ford and Amazon Have In Common (And What Can You Learn From Them)?

While both are giants in their respective industries, Ford and Amazon are very different on the surface.  One was the bellwether of the industrial era, while the other helped ring in the digital age over 90 years later.  The automaker conjures up scenes of three-piece suits, while the tech firm evokes images of jeans and […]

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How “Micro-Innovations” Can Drive Breakaway Results

The concept of innovation can be completely overwhelming.  Images of Edison inventing the light bulb or Henry Ford revolutionizing manufacturing push the idea of innovation outside the reach of us mere mortals.  If we define innovation as a gigantic, change-the-world, cure-cancer type breakthrough, the concept is relegated to a select few: billionaires, mad scientist inventors, […]

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Chew On This!

Caron Proschan loves healthy living.  She also loves gum.  After finishing an energizing workout at the gym one day, she reached for her pack of gum and realized a huge disconnect.  With plenty of healthy, all-natural food and beverage options, why was her gum a troubling shade of alien blue and packed with un-pronounceable chemicals […]

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Life Give You Lemons? Make Tacos.

Imagine how lousy you’d feel if the restaurant you owned suffered a late night break-in. Glass shattered, your place in shambles, and valuables missing. You’d probably feel violated, frustrated, angry, and completely bummed out. Those feelings are common when we’re dealt a setback. It’s easy to play the victim and let life’s challenges stop us dead in […]

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Go The Extra Inch

“Raise your hand as high as you can,” challenged bestselling author Seth Godin from the stage. Over a thousand hands shot into the air, fingers stretched to the ceiling. Then Godin prodded, “Now raise your hands one more inch.” With giggles, outstretched arms extended higher in perfect unison.  The extra inch was achieved with no injuries reported. […]

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Your Single Best Investment for 2016

As the New Year approaches, many organizations and individuals are deep in planning mode. Where will you make your bets to drive the best possible outcomes? What investments will hit pay dirt in the coming months and years? Of course, there is great debate on which investments are ideal. TV pundits scream stock tips into […]

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Hittin’ the Woodshed

Charlie “Yardbird” Parker transformed himself from decent professional saxophone player into one of the most influential jazz musicians of the last 100 years.  The change happened during a 10-month period, when Parker essentially dropped out of the scene and worked deeply on his craft. By fully immersing himself in an environment that pushed his mastery, he […]

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How To Be Attractive

We all want to be attractive.  To get to the next level in our lives, we are trying to “attract” people: investors, employees, voters, customers, suppliers, friends, a mate, Facebook friends, Twitter followers, etc.  Of course, we need to turn up the attraction far beyond physical beauty and style to reach our goals in today’s […]

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Trend Hunting

Drones, also known as unmanned aircraft, are getting a lot of attention in the media these days for the role they play in fighting terrorism.  They’re certainly top of mind for those who enjoy learning (and dreaming) about the future. The emerging trend has expanded far beyond the military. Ambulatory drones are being used to deliver emergency medical supplies […]

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Seeding Your Future

How do you know if you’ve accomplished something today? What should you measure if you didn’t deliver something measurable? In an era of dashboards, metrics, and key performance indicators, should every ounce of your energy be directed at hitting near term deliverables? In studying the behavior of the most successful people, I’ve noticed that they […]

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If You Want To Become a Leader, Start Acting Like One

People are constantly asking me for advice on how to get promoted. They want to move up the ranks at their company, take on more responsibility, and expand their spheres of influence. While the notion of being a leader seems nice (but possibly far off), you’ve got it backward. It’s not suddenly that you’re anointed […]

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How Small Choices Help You Conquer Big Temptation

When Darth Vader tried to persuade young Luke Skywalker to join the dark side, it wasn’t a very compelling proposition. Who wants to wear a creepy outfit, talk weird, and live like a monster? If the dark side were that unappealing, it would be easy to say no. But that’s not what modern-day darkness looks […]

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The Past Is Dead

Most of us face incredible challenges in our lives. Difficult people. Ruthless competition. Time constraints. But so many of us succumb to an imaginary and impotent demon that strangles our potential and restricts our progress. This fictitious monster is called simply … the past. While the past can be a great teacher, it can also shackle […]

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The 5 Myths of Creativity

Mention the word creativity, and people begin to squirm in their chairs. The very thought can prompt anxiety, fear, and doubt — even in the most accomplished professionals. Let’s explore some common myths, and uncover the truth behind this fuzzy topic. MYTH 1: Creativity is only needed at the top TRUTH: In today’s business environment, […]

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The Math of Worrying

Think about how much time you spend fretting about what might happen.  Those deer-in-the-headlights moments are not only agonizing but they are profoundly unproductive.  With each minute you spend in a state of worry, you’re robbing yourself of the opportunity to contribute to your own success and the world around you. The funny thing about […]

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Ignore The Critics

Paul Bartolotta is no ordinary business leader. He’s the CEO of a wildly successful company that owns and operates 20 restaurants. He’s one of the most important celebrity chefs in America, having won the prestigious James Beard Award – twice. His excellence has been recognized directly from the President of Italy, and he was hand-picked […]

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How a Simple Innovation Led to Greatness

Beau Coffron wasn’t trained as an artist. He didn’t study at the Culinary Institute in Paris. He didn’t even set out to build a business. Yet he’s currently running one of the hottest parenting/food sites on the Web, attracting major brand sponsors from around the world and serving up creative ideas to hundreds of thousands […]

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Flip The Fear

Abraham Lincoln worried constantly.  Steve Jobs was paranoid, sometime even delusional.  Jackson Pollack suffered intense anxiety. We often think the most accomplished people are fearless; possessing the courage of a Greek God.  Therefore, since you and I are afraid from time to time, we must be inferior beings, destined to a shallow and mediocre existence. […]

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A New Theory of Relativity

Einstein’s famous theory of relativity (E=MC2) celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.  This elegant formula helped us understand how the world works and has impacted scientists and philosophers alike. The business world has it’s own formulas for success.  Hard work + dedication = results.  Power = money + influence.   Big > Small.  Fast > Slow.   Fancy […]

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How Burger King ‘Forked’ McDonald’s

“Good morning McDonald’s.  We come in peace. We’d like to propose a one-off collaboration between Burger King and McDonald’s to create something special — something that gets the world talking about Peace Day. The McWhopper.” The savvy folks at Burger King took out full page ads in the NY Times and Chicago Tribune, running an […]

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The 4 R’s of Executing Change

The new, bold vision is revealed with dramatic fanfare. This year, the CEO boasts, we will reach new heights, delight customers, improve profits, and preserve the environment. The newcomers in the room feel a sense of excitement and relish the vivid picture of success, but you just roll your eyes and sulk back to your […]

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Fall in Love with the Problem, Not the Solution

Imagine you have a brilliant idea to start a company. A lightning-bolt of inspiration led you to invent a razor blade for daily shaving that pivots more gently with special blades that last longer. You’re totally focused on this product idea as you raise money and launch your business.  Unfortunately, you’re complete focus on your new solution […]

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