Author Archives: Julie Anixter

Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that the steady media and political drumbeat of the word “jobs,” the very unit of measure, that declares what is missing in our economy, that is repeated every minute of every hour, that, according to a new study from Gallup CEO Dan Clifford, represents the new American (and probably every other countries) definition of the American Dream is of course…Steve Jobs’ last name. What we need, what we want, what we must create to be truly vibrant, inextricably, linguistically, linked forever to the founder of Apple. Continue reading

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Liz Ryan, Corporate Provocateur

What do we love most about working in innovation?  The long hours?  The inspired clients? The successful launches? The fast failures? I think not. I think what the people I know who work at innovation love most about it is the premise. Innovation by definition is about the introduction of something new — starting with what Jerry Hirshberg called the “seedling” of a new idea. All of this — our commitment to exploration, our innate curiosity, our profession’s philosophical and yes, moral stance, makes Liz Ryan’s post on Bloomberg/Businessweek even more chilling.   In my Organizational Development days we used to call the kind of managers Ryan outs “the frozen middle.” That is putting it kindly.  They are innovation killers. These statements are draconian, and worse, ignorant.  Yet we have all heard them. They make us shudder, because they are the simplest, fastest way to kill the human spirit at … Continue reading

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Venessa Miemis

One of the best things about the blogosphere is bumping into original thinkers like Venessa Miemis. Continue reading

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“Confidence is a mystical thing.”  I don’t know who said it but I know that I heard it on NPR as I headed out to work Friday and listened to their report on consumer confidence and the market.  It struck me as not just true, but a place — geographically, economically and emotionally speaking — that innovators can, and must, make their mark.  Is innovation the antidote or at least the point-counterpoint to depression?  I think  yes.  This week’s mashup shows how some companies and countries are facing hard situations with novel and or counterintuitive approaches: The good, the bad, and the ugly of demand creation…Target’s event-sale of Missoni over delivered on buzz and undelivered on supply, generating ill will that even some junior analyst might have modeled and predicted, right?  Clearly after decades of making whimsical zig zag outlier fashion – Missoni is missing an opportunity to go mass. … Continue reading

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google 911

Editors Note:  It seemed fitting to us to begin this day with an example of post 9-11 innovation that is about us responding to and taking care of each other. Fellow Meetuppers, I don’t write to our whole community often, but this week is special because it’s the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and many people don’t know that Meetup is a 9/11 baby. Let me tell you the Meetup story. I was living a couple miles from the Twin Towers, and I was the kind of person who thought local community doesn’t matter much if we’ve got the internet and tv. The only time I thought about my neighbors was when I hoped they wouldn’t bother me. When the towers fell, I found myself talking to more neighbors in the days after 9/11 than ever before. People said hello to neighbors (next-door and across the city) who they’d normally ignore. … Continue reading

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Weekend Mashup 9-10-11

As this week wraps up on the tenth anniversary of 9-11 we are deluged and provoked by reflection and remembrance — especially here in New York and D.C.   To quote Kurt Anderson quoting Freud — there are three ways to deal with loss: inebriating substances, satisfying activities, and deflection. This week’s mashup includes some of all of the above: Ben Bernanke, Fed Chief, in Friday’s New York Times said that U.S. consumers are “depressed beyond reason or expectation.” An innovation opportunity if there ever was one, though an Irish tourist told me in D.C. this week that “you just aren’t used to bad economies, like the rest of the world.” Reason not to be depressed: Innovation Excellence blogger discovery of the week: Venessa Miemis’s Emergent by Design where she welcomes “fellow travelers, visionaries, and agents of change” examining our global society in transition. Miemis has a poignant and fresh take: … Continue reading

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The outpouring of commentary post-Jobs’ resignation has been daunting.  You could feel the business world shudder, pause and reflect.  Like a shot going off in an echo-chamber.  One of the best of the best pieces to my taste is Umair Haque’s last HBR post   “Steve’s Seven Insights for 21st Century Capitalists” because, well, he not only crisply summarizes Jobs’ impact like so many choice morsels, through his own words, but he inspired one interesting debate — 33 comments worth reading — that gets at the paradox that is Jobs’ leadership. “Steve took on the challenge of proving that the art of enterprise didn’t have to culminate in a stagnant pond of unenlightenment — and won.   In doing so, he might just have built something approximating the modern world’s most dangerously enlightened company.”  vs.  (one of the commenter’s — who worked for Apple! — responses:) “I think we make … Continue reading

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