Parallel Tracks to Innovation

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Lately I’ve been thinking about the paths taken and not taken in business and life, the choices made, and how that impacts a company’s success. Last night I was watching Sliding Doors, a 1998 movie starring Gwyneth Paltrow and John Hannah. It is light romantic comedy/fantasy fare, but there’s a cleverly conceived message inside the fluffy story. […]

Leave Space for Serendipity


In a recent post I wrote about Steven Johnson’s insights on innovation in his book, Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation. I want to narrow in on his chapter on “Serendipity.” In it, Johnson says hunches and dreams have a place in the canon of great ideas and innovation. For example, Johnson […]

Have Faith While Walking the Walk

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We’re all on journeys both in our personal and business lives. It’s a cliché to say that life is a journey, but it’s also a basic truth. These thoughts come to mind after recently watching The Way, starring the wonderful Martin Sheen. The movie is an inspirational story about family, friends, and the challenges we […]

Avoiding the Dishonesty Germ

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When Dan Ariely writes about the importance of “establishing rules that can safeguard ourselves from ourselves,” I immediately think about how resonant that thought is with the Vested mindset. After all, Vested’s Five Rules are designed to transform business relationships and provide effective safeguards to counter the various ailments that can plague those relationships, such […]

Maxwell’s Law of Navigation: Be Prepared, Share the Vision


John C. Maxwell’s 2007 book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You, stresses the importance of navigation (Law #4) as part of a leader’s arsenal. Why navigation, you ask? It’s not really about blindly “following the leader” as much as it is about the leader charting the proper course for his […]

Innovate AND Exnovate

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Exnovate/exnovation—or open, collaborative innovation—is a term that’s been around for quite a while. But every time I read something on i, I find myself a little more confused. So I did some research…and I thought I would share my insights and why I think the concept is worth sharing. The concept entails quite a lot, […]

Controlling our Decisions

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Most of us probably think we are honest and in control of our own decisions—but not so fast!—Dan Ariely, Duke University professor of psychology and behavioral economics, offers another and quite provocative view. I’ve been a long-time fan of Ariely since reading his book Predictably Irrational. And his talks on TED have been viewed about three […]

Creating a Real Circle of Trust

I was flipping through movies on a mindless Saturday night and stopped at the classic comedy hit Meet the Fockers, featuring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro. For those that missed it (or the hundreds of times it appeared on cable since its release), family bonding goes incredibly haywire when Stiller’s character, Greg Focker, meets […]

Innovation as the Key to Resource Management


Matt Ridley, the UK author, journalist and member of the House of Lords, recently wrote a Wall Street Journal article in which he provocatively avers that the “world’s resources aren’t running out.” He asks: “How many times have you heard that we humans are ‘using up’ the world’s resources, ‘running out’ of oil, ‘reaching the […]

Deloitte and the Next Wave of Globalization


Deloitte, the consulting, risk management and financial services firm, has tackled two current issues in two recent reports: the business next wave of globalization, and how business executives can best demonstrate that their enterprises are creating value for their shareholders. Let’s start with, the 134-page Business Trends 2014: Navigating the wave of globalization. This is […]