Author Archives: Greg Satell

Here’s Why No One Cares About Your Ideas

“Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door,” Ralph Waldo Emerson is said to have written (he didn’t) and since that time thousands of mousetraps have been patented. Still, despite all that creative energy and all those ideas, the original “snap trap,” invented by William Hooker in 1894, remains the most popular. We’ve come ...

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We Need Real Scientific Breakthroughs To Build A Clean Energy Economy

A decade ago, clean energy seemed like a pipe dream. Solar panels, windmills and electric cars were widely considered to be something for wealthy tree huggers to assuage their conscience, rather than components of a serious energy policy. Now, however, Morgan Stanley predicts that renewables will overtake fossil fuels by 2020. The appeal of clean energy has gone way beyond ...

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Here’s What Our Quantum Future Will Look Like

Time to Take the Quantum Age Seriously

Quantum computing is the hot new thing. With Moore’s Law ending, there is a mad rush to find a new avenue for advancement. To optimists, quantum computing will fit the bill nicely and we’ll make the transition smoothly. To pessimists, the technology will kill encryption and bring down global commerce with it. Neither of these things are even remotely true. ...

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Why The Future Will Always Surprise Us

When Peter Drucker first met IBM’s visionary CEO, Thomas J. Watson, he was somewhat taken aback. “He began talking about something called data processing,” Drucker recalled, “and it made absolutely no sense to me. I took it back and told my editor, and he said that Watson was a nut, and threw the interview away.” That was back in the ...

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Here’s How To Keep Your Data Project From Running Of The Rails

Data And Technology Don't Change Your Culture, They Reveal it - Innovation Excellence

We were told that “data is the new oil.” The Internet of Things combined with the ability to store massive amounts of data and powerful new analytical techniques like machine learning would help derive important new insights, automate processes and transform business models. It seemed like a massive opportunity. Yet Gartner analyst Nick Heudecker‏ estimates as many as 85% of ...

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Great Leaders Learn To Shift Their Mindset

Sound Like a Leader

In Mindset, psychologist Carol Dweck argues, based on decades of research, that how we see ourselves is a major factor in what we can achieve. Whether it is children in school or executives in a boardroom, the mindset people adopt has a significant influence on how they perform. Yet what she doesn’t say is that we need different mindsets for ...

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How Mental Models Drive Strategy the Wrong Way

Ideas fuel business. They drive how we respond to customer problems and leverage market opportunities. The right idea can make a business work and, over time, our successes become ingrained in our mental models. The opposite is also true. If we begin with the wrong mental model, important problems become impossible to solve. Consider the labor participation rate for prime ...

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