Fear’s Casualty

Fear’s Casualty

In a recent post, I wrote about the downsides of using fear (or greed) to fuel your organization.  I still think a hunger for great things trumps fear (almost) every day.  But another reason recently came to mind. A while back, I was working with a leader in a really...
Where Innovation Happens

Where Innovation Happens

Innovation is the life-blood of any organization.  All patterns of success grow stale and eventually fade.  Then, the new must emerge. When most of us think of innovation, we think it happens in predictable, sterile environments – labs, board rooms, or maybe in...
Are we switching them on or off?

Are we switching them on or off?

Last week, I found myself on a hotel’s airport shuttle at 5:30 AM.  Yes, you feel my pain but I expect no sympathy since you’ve been there too.  The bus was loaded with airline crew members on their way out to another day in the less-friendly skies....

Hacking, Innovation, and the Noonday Blog

A while back, I was talking with my new friend and innovation expert Gunnar Branson. He said something provocative: Innovation is a criminal act. His point was that innovation almost always involves the destruction of the status quo. Inevitably, it tends to be a...

Is Ownership Scaleable?

  My friend and personal marketing guru Jeff said something provocative over lunch to me the other day. Size kills brands.  If you get too big, the brand starts to get diluted and after a while just loses its punch altogether. It’s an intriguing and, at...