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Innovation: More Poetry than Science

An earlier version of this post originally appeared at Fast Company Innovation: More Poetry than Science Practical lessons from 35 years of writing poetry to help individuals and teams deliver more in…

Uncertainty: Fifteen Questions for 2015

This slideshow explores the uncertainties facing the world in 2015 and suggests fifteen strategic questions every organization should be asking.…

What the President Should Do Next

The 2012 Presidential election is over. As with many great events, it leaves the world with some certainties resolved, and it highlights uncertainties that loom even larger. Changes to The Affordable …

Eliminating Your Company’s Fear of Change

It seems like this week is the week to argue with bloggers over at Harvard Business Review. May latest read was Cure Your Company’s Allergy to Change by Brad Power. I don’t think fear of c…

A Punch List for Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer

Define Yahoo’s Strategic Position I always tell my clients that their company, no matter how old, is a gangly teenager. If they aren’t they are an at-risk newborn or a calcified senior cit…

Retro Thinking During A Difficult Kodak Moment

Way back in 2005, Bloomberg Businessweek ran a piece called “A Tense Kodak Moment.” “Low-margin digital sales aren’t picking up the slack of disappearing film profits, and debt is …

3 Reasons CIOs Need Scenario Planning

Scenario planning is the art and practice of imagining multiple futures to create a strategic context for planning and decision making. Pioneered by Royal Dutch Shell in the ’60s and ’70s, the tec…

Confronting the Pace of Change

Confronting the Pace of Change

Thinking out loud about the pace of change. For more serious insights on innovation click here.…

What Can Twitter do for Facilities Management?

The European Facilities Management Conference in Vienna featured a student poster contest. I was taken by Tilburg University’s Dorian Teensma’s and his Twitter idea. Unfortunately, I wasn&…

A Simple Change: Outsource Lectures, not Homework

In July 2011 Wired printed an article titled: The New Way to Be a Fifth Grader, which outlines how the Kahn Academy is changing education for schools and for individuals. I think the simple idea of ou…

Being a skeptical conference presentation consumer

Conference presentations are difficult work: take a big, messy concept or idea and distill it down to fit into some arbitrary time constraint pre-determined by the conference leaders. Credibility wane…

5 Strategies for Entering Emerging Technology Markets

Entering Emerging Technology Markets: After reading RIM PlayBook reviews (good summary by InformationWeek) when it was announced, and I think there are lessons to be learned that go well beyond the ta…

It seems nearly every article about Google these days focuses on the competition between Google and Facebook. If Google believes the trade hype, they will be in more trouble than if they stay focused …

Why Devices will Rule the Future

I have watched a number of vision videos, and almost all of them have one thing in common: major infrastructure assumptions. Glass walls with controls, rooms with special speakers and microphones, sen…

Reposted from The Future of Information Work: 11/2/2009 5:28:51 PM It has been speculated recently that technology has significantly contributed to the restructuring of labor markets. Today’s Comput…

My first review of a Tablet PC was posted this morning at Tablet PC Magazine. I looked at the Dell Inspiron Duo. The hardware was solid, but was missing a few key features (like video out). The real p…

Why I Wrote Management by Design

I have never worked at a company that really thought about its workplace experience, nor one that encouraged it managers to do so. We praise design in everything else, but the places where we spend ou…

Scenarios and Innovation: Where in the Process?

In a past post I explored into scenarios and innovation in great depth (see How Does Scenario Planning Help Drive Innovation). I was reading a piece in the Financial Times called Another Way of to dev…

I don’t know if the follow quote from the Bloomberg BusinessWeek article of October 25-October 31 2010 (Being Steve Job’s Boss) will get to you as much as it did me, but I talk about vision all of…

Planning for the future can seem like a waste of time when just keeping the lights on is a struggle. Budget cuts are hitting many public institutions, including schools, colleges and universities. The…

City Planning: A Prescription for Cities

A response to the Huffington Post piece on 10 Local American Economies That Have Change Forever. City planning. Cities have traditionally been opportunistic. Some entrepreneurs select a city as a site…

An Approach to Innovative Thinking

An Approach to Innovative Thinking An approach to innovation…I was asked recently by one of my former Microsoft colleagues to answer five questions about how I approach analysis and solutions as…

How Does Scenario Planning Help Drive Innovation?

How does scenario planning help drive Innovation? I am often asked how scenario planning and the resulting scenarios help drive innovation. Here are six key points to consider: Scenarios increase the …