Innovative Minds Don’t Think Alike

I’ve always said, “Expertise is the enemy of creativity.” The New York Times recently had an article on this exact topic. Although the article is pretty basic, it is a good reminder that sometimes the most creative ideas come from those who are not experts on...

Pursuing Passion Quote of the Day

“If it is possible to make yourself into a great hacker. The way to do it may be to make the following deal with yourself: you never have to work on boring projects (unless your family will starve otherwise), and in return, you’ll never allow yourself to do a half-assed job...

Turning a Passion into a Profession

In yesterday’s Boston Sunday Globe, I was quoted in an article entitled “Turning a Passion into a Profession.” The piece shares the story of people who left their regular jobs in pursuit of their passion. Here was my contribution to the article: And his approach...

Innovation and the Performance Paradox

Today, my article on “The Performance Paradox: When Less is More” was published by the American Management Association. You may recall that I introduced this concept in a blog entry last month. What is the Performance Paradox? The more fixated on your goal you become,...

Innovation and Leadership

Back in my Accenture days, I had the pleasure of working with many brilliant individuals.  One person in particular stood out amongst the crowd: Brad Kolar.  Although he worked in the “professional development” department (which typically implies taking other...

Innovation Lesson from The Apprentice

I’ll admit it. I, unlike most people in the United States, did not watch Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” the other night. But in a conversation with some people who did tune in, it sounds like the winners applied an important innovation concept. As I...

Turning the Extraordinary into Ordinary

As many of you know, my sister (Deborah) and her husband (Gary) sold their house and are now traveling the country in an RV for the next year. Gary sells cancer insurance door to door as they make their way across the states (yes, he knocks on people’s doors) . The idea is...

See Stephen Speak About Innovation

Are you ready to start the New Year with some creative thinking? If so, join me when I speak at the International Special Events Society’s January meeting. What: Get ready for a fast paced, value-packed 60 minutes. First, you will play “Innovation Personality Poker.” In...

See Stephen on Television

Tomorrow, Friday January 4th, I will be on Fox 25′s Morning News in Boston. I am scheduled to be on at 8:20AM. I will talk about my story that appeared in the recent “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book. In particular I will address my life as a recover...

My New Year’s Theme

By know you know that I am a believer in setting theme-based resolutions. Every year at this time I announce my theme. After considerable contemplation, I have decided on my theme for 2008: “PLAY LIKE THE PATRIOTS” I have been inspired by the New England Patriots this...
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