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How I Use Design Thinking to Leverage Strength and Design ‘around’ Weakness

I was recently invited to be a guest on the Entrepreneur On Fire podcast. During the show I shared my story of how I applied “design thinking” to leverage my strengths and design around my weaknesses. This approach resulted in breakthrough performances as both an athlete and an entrepreneur.

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Time to Reboot the Speaking Industry in the Human-to-Human Era

Some people believe that when you are invited to give a talk or a speech, you are expected to entertain an audience. I have experienced speakers who post on their social media updates that they are off to be the opening act at a company conference. It alw ...

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The Energy Revolution will Transform How We Live and Work

The Energy Revolution Will Transform How We Live and WorkRevolutions in commerce used to be few and far between. James Watt’s steam engine, developed in 1781, set the stage for the first industrial revolution.  But it wasn’t until a century later that the widespread adoption of electricity and the internal c ...

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Shift Things Around

Shift Things AroundWhen leading a series of innovation workshops in our home town for the Mayor's Innovation Delivery Team with division leaders at Memphis’ City Hall, our task was steep: change long-standing behavior patterns. Turn doers into innovators. Have proven profes ...

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Can You Teach People to Innovate?

Can you teach people to innovate? - Innovation ExcellenceOne of my recent pet peeves is the proliferation of education options for innovation. One of my alma maters offers a "certificate" for innovation management.  While I cannot comment on the course, it is taught by two professors with little private sector ex ...

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The Future of Jobs and Education

The Future of Jobs and Education - Innovation ExcellenceLife is a learning experience, or so they say. Broadly speaking educational activities can be split into two categories - “Life skills” and “Professional Skills”. The Life skills that we all need to learn and the way we learn them have remained re ...

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Measuring Innovation, Part 3/3: The Growth Innovation Index (GII)

Measuring Innovation, Part 3/3: The Growth Innovation Index (GII) - Innovation ExcellenceThis article is the third and final in a series of 3 articles discussing measuring product innovation. Part 1 discussed the importance of innovation, and how it is measured today. Part 2 covered the criteria for a new and effective innovation index. Toda ...

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