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A World of Possibilities

Posted in Behavior, Business Models, Creativity, Future, Marketing, Opposite May Also be True, Problems into Opportunities, Retail, See What Isn't There

Yesterday, on my other website, I shared how Google’s new “Project Glass” might soon allow users to receive real-time voice translations of foreign conversations and, thus, render the need to learn a second language unnecessary. Many people–especially pessimists–immediately grasp how the technology might cause some foreign language instructors to lose their jobs. This is overly…


The Business of Unlearning

Posted in Business, Business Models, Change, Innovation

Dear Readers: I was recently interviewed on the concept of unlearning by a reporter from The Economic Times. I understand that he’ll only end up using a sentence or two from my lengthy written responses so rather than allow all of my thoughts to languish unread on my hard drive, I thought I’d share them…


The Writing is Clear: Break the Rules!

Posted in Business Models, Change, Creativity, Innovation, Lessons Unlearned, New Cards

The Elements of Style is a small book that lays out the rules for clear writing. Near the end of the book is this brilliant observation: the best writers sometimes disregard the rules.


The Future of Publishing & The Endless Book of Unlearning

Posted in Business Models, Change, Education, Genomics, Publishing, Science

“Students don’t buy a copy of the book—they buy lifetime access. The plan is for the textbook to serve not only as a reference for the class but as a pointer to further knowledge. Instead of publishing revised editions, Savkar’s team will keep the book up to date.” — A New Chapter for E-Books Imagine never…


Own the White Space

Posted in Business, Business Models, General, Innovation, Management, Perspective, See What Isn't There, Visual unlearning

As humans we like to believe we're good at seeing the whole picture. But, as I suggested in this piece, most of us are not. This is particularly true in business. Most managers focus relentlessly on serving the customer, making incremental improvements to core product or services, or finding yet another margin-saving efficiency. There is…


More is Not Always Best

Posted in Ask a New Question, Business, Business Models, Business School, General, Happiness, Human Resources, Innovation, Less is More, Management, Psychology, Questions, The Way We See the Problem

If you are a manager and want to position your company or organization to succeed in the future, I'd suggest changing the normal managerial question of "How do I get more out of my employees?" to "How do I get the best out of my employees?" Why? because passion, energy, creativity and innovation aren't easily…


Don’t Close Your Mind: Always Question Your Assumptions

Posted in Assumptions, Behavior, Business, Business Models, Publishing

“We’re going to have to make a lot of different assumptions,” says the head of one large publishing house in this article discussing the imminent demise of Border’s — one of the world’s large bookstores. The individual is, of course, correct but the real question is why he (or she) didn’t begin questioning his assumptions…




Paris, Big Mamma and Ineffective Advertising

Posted in Advertising, Business, Business Models, Example, Hospitals, Retail, The Way We See the Problem

I recently had the pleasure of going to Paris on vacation and happened to use the city's fine subway system on a daily basis. One of the things that struck me as odd was the large number of advertising posters for Martin Lawrence's new "Big Mamma" movie. Now, to be honest, I can't imagine why…


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