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
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
When I was a kid, we used to go trout fishing up in mountain rivers. I used to put artificial and fleeting faith in the type of bait I was using. I would vary my bait rapidly in search of the magic fishy elixir. This fake cheese stuff, some scented "marshmallows", salmon eggs, and even the… Continue reading Fish & Clicks
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
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
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?
I'm going to show you an image and tell you a story, and you will believe it. You'll believe not because I told you to believe it, but because you want to believe it is true. The Story This is a place where mankind has sanitized, homogenized, and developed using a rigid and typically unforgiving… Continue reading Divergence, Convergence, and Roses