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The Times, They Are a Changin’

Diplomacy with Cuba.  More mobile devices than people on the planet.  Cyber-attacks, not bombs, are the biggest threat to national security.  Retailers such as Amazon delivering merchandise via drones.  TV networks advertising when they actually have a scripted show. Who woulda’ thunk it? Back in early January of 1964, legendary songwriter Bob Dylan prophesied, “The […]

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Paying It Forward

Motorists recently enjoyed a friendly turn of fate in Lowell, Michigan. As drivers were pulled over by the police for small infractions (such as having tinted windows that were too dark), officers began a pleasant chat instead of grumpily issuing a citation. In conversation, the officers also asked what the drivers and their kids wanted […]

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Diners, Drive-ins, and Dedication

Millions of Americans regularly binge-watch the Food Network’s hit TV show, “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.” Hosted by celebrity chef Guy Fieri, the show has a cult-like following and is spectacularly popular. Fieri profiles restaurants that have incredible food in a non-glamorous setting. The grounded, down-to-earth, focus-on-what-matters restaurants featured on the show generally have two things […]

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The Irony of The Imitator Epidemic

Several original works by Picasso, van Gogh, Jackson Pollock and Renoir are worth more than $100 million each and continue to appreciate at a rapid pace. “The Card Players,” painted by Paul Cezanne, sold for $259 million in 2011, making it the highest amount paid for a painting in history. Collectors appreciate the artistry and […]

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The Danger of Riding Slow

Think back to childhood. Of all the fears and frustrations, learning to ride a bike had to be high on the list of scary endeavors. You desperately wanted the end state — independence, transportation and the thrill of having your own wheels. This, of course, was offset by the fear of falling flat on your […]

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Set Your Internal GPS

Before the turn of the century, drivers relied on old-fashioned paper maps (remember those?) to find their way to a desired destination. Before reliable map technology existed, our ancestors simply headed in a direction and hoped for the best (think Lewis and Clark). These days, we can be far more accurate. Many cars are fitted […]

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Opportunities Live In Unexpected Places

As kids, we enjoyed hide-and-seek, scavenger hunts and searching for hidden treasures left behind on sandy beaches. That same sense of curiosity and exploration can lead to our biggest breakthroughs as adults. Opportunity rarely comes by and knocks you in the face. Instead, it requires us to peek around corners and seek it out, often […]

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5 Leadership Lessons From The Beatles

Inspiration comes from unlikely places. For some, nature is a source of ideation. For others, family and friends can give a twist of insight into something unrelated to your actual discussion. For me, I constantly find nuggets of wisdom in music — sometimes in lyrics, sometimes in a pattern, and sometimes just in the way […]

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What We Can All Learn From A Janitor

Gac Filipaj, a refugee from the former Yugoslavia, arrived in America not knowing a word of English. He came here with nothing but a dream and an unwavering commitment to realizing it. He landed a job as a janitor at Columbia University, doing the most unpleasant tasks such as emptying trash and cleaning toilets. Rather […]

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Reinventing The Wheel

“Stop trying to reinvent the wheel,” Bob says in a snarky tone. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” Tell that to the researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology who designed the Copenhagen Wheel. Quite literally, they reinvented the wheel, the very device we’ve all been admonished not to disrupt. The Copenhagen Wheel fits on […]

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Great Things Are Made of Little Things

At a recent lunch in downtown Detroit, I received a very thoughtful fortune inside my after-meal cookie. Unlike the platitudes that often fill these crunchy treats, this ‘fortune’ really got me thinking. The crumpled white paper read, “Great things are made of little things.” This simple, yet profound thought stayed with me for days. It […]

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Attack The Problem, Not The Person

“Jim, we’re in this mess because of you!” “I told you we’d lose the client, Jane. This is all your fault. You never get it right!” “The kids wouldn’t behave this way if you weren’t such a bad father, Bill.” We’ve all heard words like this from bosses, parents, spouses, teachers and colleagues. I’m sure […]

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The Road to Reinvention

Dear weekly blog readers… It’s hard to believe it has been over three years since the launch of my book on creativity and innovation, Disciplined Dreaming. Today, I am thrilled to announce the debut of my new book, The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation. I’m proud of the work and truly believe […]

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What Your Kids Can Teach You About Leadership That Your Boss Cannot

When we think of leadership, we often gravitate toward lessons learned from our bosses (past and present). Generally this practice makes a tremendous amount of sense — longstanding success and a pattern of winning matter. However, by narrowing our focus to only learn from the tenured few, we miss out on many other lessons to […]

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Avoid The Complexity Trap

A marble rolls down a ramp until it triggers a spring that lights a match, which, in turn, ignites a candle. The heat from the candle inflates a balloon, which expands until it pops. The burst of the balloon moves a lever that lifts a barrier holding back a live mouse. The now-freed mouse heads […]

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You Lost It: 5 Ways to Get Your Mojo Back

Embarking on something new is the most exciting, energizing feeling in the world. We get fired up and can’t stop talking about it, at least for a while. Then, inevitably, we hit a plateau. Stagnation sets in and we lose our mojo. For the purposes here, I’m assuming mojo refers to desire, passion or motivation. […]

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What Would MacGyver Do?

In the late 1980s, millions of us tuned in to witness Angus MacGyver’s ability to always find a creative way to get out of a jam. Regularly finding himself in an impossible life-or-death situation, he managed to come out on top through grit and resourcefulness. Instead of panicking, he’d simply figure out a way to […]

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Getting Better All The Time

In the 1967 Beatles classic, McCartney and Lennon sang a persistent mantra: “It’s getting better all the time.” They contrasted life’s problems, including bad teachers in school, general dissatisfaction and anger, and bumpy relationships, with the idea of continuous improvement as their prescriptive cure. As we look into the future, most of us are hungry […]

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The Zen of Heavy Traffic

Here in Detroit, the arctic weather has delivered one giant mess on the roads. Colleagues of mine have reported downtown commutes as long as 2.5 hours for a ride that would normally take 35 minutes. The seemingly endless traffic causes mere frustration for the patient person and outright rage for the flustered. While waiting at […]

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Taming Your Nemesis

There’s a good chance you have at least one person in your life that does more harm than good.  Perhaps it’s a boss that criticizes your every move.  Maybe it’s a competitor, client, or colleague dead set on crushing your spirit.  It could even be a parent or spouse that cuts you down rather than boosts you up. […]

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Training For Your Own Super Bowl

In less than a month, the two best football teams in the nation will square off for the biggest sporting event of the year.  With an expected audience of over 100 million people, this is the pinnacle career moment of these world-class athletes.  Their chance to shine.  To win.  To make history. To reach the […]

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You Are Who You’re With

In high school chemistry, we learned that adding several new chemicals to an existing one could create a dramatic effect.  In fact, the surrounding substances can literally change the original into a completely new form of matter. The same holds true for you and those you surround yourself with.  If you regularly hang out with […]

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Thread The Needle

In business (and life), you are constantly faced with challenges that seem insurmountable. Your inner voice says “it can’t be done,” and you may give up before even trying. The thing is – obstacles can be shattered with a creative solution if you take the time and effort to approach them in an unconventional way. […]

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The Tweet Heard ‘Round the World

Little did she know, Justine Sacco’s entire career was ruined while she flew from London to South Africa this past Friday.  Unfortunately, these were self-inflicted wounds that were set in motion by a single tweet she made prior to boarding the flight.  With horrible judgment, zero sensitivity, and a bigoted perspective, she tweeted: “Going to Africa. Hope […]

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Defy Your Barriers

Convicted felons who finish their sentences often struggle on the outside just like they did behind bars. Often lacking skills, support and education, many go back to a life of crime, with nearly 70% returning to prison (44% within one year of their release). But some — including many drug dealers — have exhibited strong […]

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Why the Middle of the Road is for Road Kill

The French Laundry in Napa Valley, California is consistently ranked among the top five restaurants in the country.  Celebrity chef Thomas Keller spares no expense in making the food and dining experience pure perfection.  Even with a price tag of up to $500 per person, this premier bistro is sold out every single night. The […]

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Getting Uncomfortable

Human comfort has become a booming industry and a way of life in modern society. The push of a button or the pop of a pill can pacify nearly any discomfort. Our cars are ergonomically designed, often including a duplicate set of controls on the steering wheel to avoid the agony of leaning over 14 […]

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Git ‘er Done

Paul Glomski, the CEO and co-founder of mobile app developer Detroit Labs, is a scrappy leader.  He is laser-focused on driving meaningful results in his business and realizing the company’s full potential.  As a result, he’s unwilling to get tripped up when things don’t go according to plan. The entrepreneurial process is often mischaracterized as […]

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Find Your Superpower and Use It

Aquaman has the unique ability to communicate with sea creatures. Comic book heroine Invisible Woman can — you guessed it — become invisible at will. In fact, each of the superheroes we grew up with and admired have one or more superpowers. Turns out that most highly successful people — both mythical and real — […]

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Time: Your Most Expensive Expense

Business people waste a lot of time worrying about spending money.  By conserving cash, the thinking goes, they are protecting their most precious and scarce resource.  As an investor in startup companies, I see this pattern play out again and again: leaders that invest too slowly in growth, believing this is a safe approach. In […]

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