Author Archives: Greg Satell

2015: The Year The Cloud Bursts

Although we’ve been hearing about the cloud for a while now, it’s mostly been for tech geeks and big corporations. Over the next year, however, the cloud will burst into an avalanche of products and services that will be incredibly cheap and easy to use. That will make 2015 the year that some incredibly advanced technologies start making a real impact on the rest of us. Continue reading

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Isolated innovations are unlikely to make a significant impact on performance unless there is a commensurate change in how the enterprise operates. To create meaningful change, we need to transform the business model. Here’s what you need to know: Continue reading

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Problem is Us, Not the Robots

Richard Feynman was a legend in scientific circles.  One of the preeminent physicists of the 20th century—even other top minds considered him a magician—he is almost as well known for his jokes and pranks as he is for his groundbreaking discoveries. When Feynman was a young scientist, Eugene Wigner compared him to Paul Dirac, a giant at the time well known for his autistic qualities, saying… Continue reading

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The New Role Of Leaders

When Alfred Sloan created the modern corporation at General Motors, he based it on the military. The company was split into divisions, each with its own leadership. Information flowed up, orders went down and your rank determined your responsibility. The model was designed to implement strategy from the top and move men and materiel efficiently. It assumed that leaders had better understanding than those on the lower rungs. Managers made plans and foot soldiers carried them out. Continue reading

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How A Genius Thinks

The philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer once said that, “talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.”  Lots of people are smart, but true genius has always had an element of mystery to it. Nobody really knows where genius comes from.  While surely there is a genetic component, most child prodigies… Continue reading

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Leadership Is More Important Than Authority in Creating Real Change

Aspiring young executives dream of climbing the ladder in order to gain more authority.  Then they can make things happen and create the change that they believe in.  Senior executives, on the other hand, are often frustrated by how little power they actually have. The problem is that while authority can compel action it does little to inspire belief.  Only leadership can… Continue reading

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Are You Using Data To Analyze The Past Or To Create A New Future?

In Nate Silver’s Five Thirty Eight manifesto, he argues that the plural of anecdote is data.  It is through compiling and analyzing observations that we transform ordinary experiences into scientific conclusions. Yet the concept of data is still relatively new.  According to Google’s Ngram, the use of the word only began to be heat up in the 1960’s.  So, although… Continue reading

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