Virtuous Entrepreneurship

The evolution of the cyberintelligence driven economy-the fourth industrial revolution-is forcing everyone, including entrepreneurs, to answer some tough questions: How to not just create but share the value they create How to provide people with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and competencies they need to succeed and grow into the middle class When and how to use technology to scale humans, ...

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Finally, A Commencement Speech About Innovation and Creativity

Think Big Anyway! That’s what Innovation Excellence contributor Robert B. Tucker advised students when he delivered the commencement address at the University of California, Davis. Given the exponential rate of change and the inability to predict where technology (and their careers) will evolve to, Tucker challenged this group of 500 PhD candidates and innovators to “Think Big, Anyway,” despite the ...

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Want to Be Happy and Successful in 2018? Don’t Do These 5 Things

“The discipline of success is often about resisting the allure of human nature rather than giving in to it.” The human mind is a masterpiece of evolution, not only because of its intelligence but even more so because of the ability of its owners to rewire themselves through conscious discipline. Despite our predisposition (genetic, environmental, or otherwise), the human brain ...

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Poo as Good Business

Talk about nothing wasted. Behold the founding story, which reads more like a creation myth, of Poo~Pourri. A 40-year old woman from Jonesboro, Arkansas declares her second bankruptcy. Conventional “rules” of success did not work for her life. To heal she renounces the world of commerce and takes two-year spiritual quest, experimenting with alternative healing methods that included the lost ...

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Data Bias Is Becoming A Massive Problem

Nobody sets out to be biased, but it’s harder to avoid than you would think. Wikipedia lists over 100 documented biases from authority bias and confirmation bias to the Semmelweis effect, we have an enormous tendency to let things other than the facts to affect our judgments. We all, as much as we hate to admit it, are vulnerable. Machines, ...

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How Administrative Assistants Can Help Creativity In A Big Way

As the hidden communication and prioritization network, administrative assistants can have a great impact on company innovation. Last year I was asked to deliver a keynote to an internal company conference for administrative professionals in Virginia. The topic was culture for creativity. My “standard” talks typically focused on engineers, marketing people, and others in the organization who are the type of ...

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Greatest Business Innovations of 2017 and Beyond Driven by This Trend

The hottest commodity of the next decade is already at the heart of nearly every disruptive business model, from Uber to Amazon. There’s an apocryphal quote often attributed to Charles Deull, Commissioner of the Patent and Trademark Office in 1899, ” Everything that can be invented has been invented.” While we don’t want to believe it we actually behave as ...

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Advice to a Young Physician Entrepreneur

I’m often asked about how to pursue a physician entrepreneurial career pathway. Like Peter Medawar opined almost 35 years ago in his “Advice to a Young Scientist”, allow me to offer some advice : 1. You will not learn about innovation or entrepreneurship in medical school or residency. Medical education is designed to teach students clinical care and research methods. If ...

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