Monthly Archives: August 2018

Five Things Winners Do and Losers Don’t

It’s not how often you fail. It’s how often and how fast you get back up. Between the stunning outcomes of the World Series and the presidential election it’s clear that thinking in terms of winners and losers is pretty much ingrained in our collective psyche. We love the black and white label of winner and loser; it’s easy, quick, ...

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Capitalism isn’t broken. It’s been high-jacked.

We live in tense times. In our era even seen systemic and corporate fraud at SkyTel, Enron, and others. We’ve watched our tax dollars bail out many of the largest banks and insurance companies. We’ve witnessed a huge economic shift that favors the very wealthy and minimizes the Middle Class. We’ve wondered why CEO pay has risen to the level ...

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The Best Reason NOT to Have a Backup Plan

I’m going to challenge your intuition and sense of self-preservation. But I’m going to do it in the name of something much greater, self-fulfillment. Stick with me for a few short minutes. I don’t watch much TV or cable, but a few years ago I got caught up in the drama of a live broadcast of Nik Wallenda’s tight rope ...

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The 4 V’s – How to Win at Health Innovation

Back in the day, during the Vietnam era, the suggested credo was “Declare victory and go home”.  Some sick care entrepreneurs have taken a similar approach by hyping digital health and process solutions that will create “Uberized, disruptive, cutting edge” change. Most are too early and wrong in declaring victory. For sick care innovation to be truly transformative, innovators need to demonstrate 4 main things : ...

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5 Innovative Agricultural Practices That Are Changing the World

Digitization in the modern age means that almost every contemporary field or industry is becoming more and more reliant on hardware connected to and, in some cases, controlled by software. These industries are being transformed from the inside out by innovative technology and practices, and even traditionally analogue ways of life are finding it difficult to resist disruption. Agriculture is ...

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Product Development Process Lessons from BOSE’s Innovations

I had the good fortune to work with Dr. Amar Bose and with the great company he founded. I helped to bring into the world two blockbuster products – BOSE’s Noise-Cancelling Headphones and the BOSE® Wave® Music System. Here are seven product development process lessons learned from our experience creating products enjoyed by millions of customers. Lesson #1: Noise-Cancelling Headphones Were Not ...

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Four Ways to Overcome the Impossible

“You’ve heard it a million times but here’s why it’s true.” I’m just coming off of a one year build of a new startup. As with most startups, it’s been a wild ride, with more twists and turns, obstacles and challenges, learning and growth than I would ever have imagined. You’d think after having made the startup journey a handful ...

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