We Have Lots to Fear in the Woods, and That’s Awesome

Fear can be a proxy for when you are going to do something great. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell started to rekindle their friendship as they worked together; preparing to face a magician of seemingly insurmountable skill. Mr. Norrell's hands shook as he tried to conjure enough magic to save England. Jonathan Strange clasped his … Continue reading We Have Lots to Fear in the Woods, and That’s Awesome

Thinking like a Producer vs Producing like a Thinker – And Three Things You Can Do About It

A bias towards action. It's one of the most sought-after characteristics in a lean, mean innovation team. However, can too much of a good thing be hazardous to the quality of your work? Creating movement and getting stuff in the hands of the user is great, but just quickly delivering what was asked for only … Continue reading Thinking like a Producer vs Producing like a Thinker – And Three Things You Can Do About It

Phonebook SEO: Being First vs Being You

It was 12:34 pm. We were stopped behind a large truck, sitting at a red light. Unable to see anything but the monolithic back-endĀ of the semi, I stared at the letters to occupy the 30 seconds until we could drive again. AAA Cooper Transportation Along with the words was their abbreviation as a logo. ACT. … Continue reading Phonebook SEO: Being First vs Being You

Shooting for the Moon

I am a sucker for a well-crafted motivational phrase. That's actually how "Go Forth And Be Awesome" got started. But not all motivational phrases are created equal. Some go too far for the cute analogy and miss the point altogether. It's hokey hokum. Today's egregious example is about aiming for big goals. When I was researching it, I … Continue reading Shooting for the Moon

The Friction of Innovation

Innovation needs movement. Paradigms shift, viewpoints redirect, and new ideas flow. But anytime there is movement, there is friction. Friction is the surface or environment resisting the movement. Rub your hands together, they get warm. You have friction to thank for that. Ok, don't run from the science. Stick with me. To create acceleration, you … Continue reading The Friction of Innovation

Why Do We Search For Identity?

Growing up, I was a fan of the San Diego Padres baseball team. Well, specifically Tony Gwynn, but the Padres came with him. There have been years where I watched them trade away quality top talent, in hopes of landing a large quantity of moderate talent. Why have one 5-star player, when you can have … Continue reading Why Do We Search For Identity?

Touristification of Innovation

"Yeah, but, John, if The Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don't eat the tourists." - Jurassic Park Jurassic Park as intended was a delightful journey in a self-driving jeep on rail through some thoughtfully planned dinosaur habitats. Tourists were to have a safe and scripted experience; seeing exactly what was on the … Continue reading Touristification of Innovation

Listening for Hidden Solutions

Every cloud has its silver lining. At least that's what were told, usually when things go bad. There has to be a nugget of hope somewhere. I can only imagine that thought ran through Jerry Sternin's mind when he visited Vietnam in 1990. As part of Save the Children, Sternin was there to help the … Continue reading Listening for Hidden Solutions