Structured for Innovation

Over the past month I have been paying a lot of attention to the structure of organizations, and reflecting on how often they are poorly designed for their current purpose. I guess you could say I’ve been having a series of Thomas Kuhn moment. Kuhn suggested that paradigms (or models for dealing with reality) are…

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Is Resistance Happiness?

Many people dream of a life devoid of problems or resistance. They dream of winning the lottery, or of retirement, or both – of a situation where they will not have to worry or exert themselves, where and life would be completely effortless. This utopian dream would most likely be a dystopian realty. The nature…

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What Should We Focus On?

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” – CG Jung When I was a child my father regularly told us that if we measured everyone’s abilities, on a scale a yard wide, we would find them clustered within a couple of inches of each other in the center….

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Enhancing Innovation through Virtual Proximity

No distance of a place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other’s worth. Robert Southey (1774–1843) Poet, scholar, and historian Abstract Historically, innovation strategists have focused on leveraging local resources and the development of local clusters, which have relied heavily on personal contact. It was…

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Get Your Facts Straight

Maybe I just getting old and cranky but it bothers me when writers really blow the facts in a published piece. Lately I have seen writers attribute something as being first in the technology industry when it was far from it. It might be that I was there working in the trenches from the early…

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There Are No Saints In Business

Recently I have found myself drawn to historical drama that give a behind the scenes look at life of historical personalities and organizational situations. I have noticed a rather striking theme. Often the mythology of a situation, accomplishment of individuals or organization, and descriptions of moments of insight are typically far removed from the reality…

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Success is what you make it

As an academic this is one of my favorite times of the year – graduation season. I attend the graduation at my own institution and I am invited to an endless number of high school, college, and graduate school graduations parties. These events are truly festive occasions where we celebrate the accomplishments of our students…

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Mayer Might Be Right!

This week Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, handed down an edict requiring all employees to come to the office during normal working hours. Telecommuting will not longer be allowed at Yahoo. As excepted this has set off a number of critics claiming this is a huge step backwards. In all the media noise some of…

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In what can only be described as government bureaucracy taken to the most illogical extreme, the state of Minnesota has decided to protect its residents from FREE education. The Minnesota Department of Education has informed Coursera, a web site that provides courses from some of the world’s top universities for free, that it must either…

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Holding Back the Future – Online Education

Far too often we fear what we don’t understand, and we assume that the current paradigm is the only possible paradigm worth pursuing. As humans we look to protect what we are familiar with to the exclusion of what is possible and valuable. In this vein there are still ongoing attempts by many traditional educator to…

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