Favoring the Prepared Mind

Favoring the Prepared Mind

There was a time when Lehman Brothers, Woolworth, PanAm and Kodak were among the colossi of their industries. They were going to live forever. Then they died. So what went wrong? Why do some organizations continue to grow even as…

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The End of Diversity

The End of Diversity

Companies regularly measure diversity in terms of gender, race or age, implying that demographic mix translates into high performance. But at the same time, companies make deliberate efforts to iron out differences.  Hiring managers and recruiters explicitly look for “fit”.…

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Tesla’s Gigantic Concept Test

Tesla’s Gigantic Concept Test

Tesla has moved test and learn into the R&D phase. Within the first month of unveiling the Model 3 concept, nearly 400,000 people have placed orders. The launch, if one may call it that, was a gigantic concept test for…

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No More Moralizing About the Gig Economy

No More Moralizing About the Gig Economy

The “gig” in gigonomics can be understood in two ways — as a short-term project and as the foundational measure of storage in information technologies. The project gig is enabled by the digital gig. Because of both, the barriers to…

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The Daily Innovator: Ready for Your Next Act?

The Daily Innovator: Ready for Your Next Act?

How does an innovator keep a robust idea pipeline? Here are some concrete ways of doing it. Published in The Huffington Post, October 16, 2014 by Kevin McDermott, Amy Radin, Daryl Twitchell One day last month The Huffington Post announced that…

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The Daily Innovator: Born or Built?

The Daily Innovator: Born or Built?

What sort of person is it who can shape new ideas and bring them to life as businesses? Put another way, is an innovator’s temperament born or is it built?  We say it’s built. Published in The Huffington Post, July 11,…

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Nine Ideas for Sparking Curiosity

Nine Ideas for Sparking Curiosity

Are some people just born curious? Or can curiosity be cultivated? The answer matters because curiosity is a necessity for innovation. Originally published at The Huffington Post, June 6, 2014 by Amy Radin, Kevin McDermott and Daryl Twitchell If curiosity isn’t instinctive…

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It’s Not Who You Know But How They Think

It’s Not Who You Know But How They Think

Securing approval for a new idea can meet support, or run into resistance. It depends on how your audience thinks.   Published in The Huffington Post, April 16, 2014 by Kevin McDermott, Amy Radin and Daryl Twitchell Anyone who has ever run a…

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