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If you get Speaker Magazine, you will see my face on the cover, along with 4 other incredible speakers. Inside you will find my article on “Meandering with Purpose.” I reflect on my career as a professional speaker and assess what has helped – and what has hindered my success. Quite often I have learned […]

Last month (November), Best Practices Are Stupid, was featured in Southwest Airline’s Spirit Magazine.  Now that it is no longer on planes and can’t be found on the internet, I figured it was time to share the article with the readers of this blog.  They did such a nice job, I feel as though their […]

It seems as though everyone wants to write a book. Unfortunately, most people don’t know where to start and, therefore, become under-motivated or overwhelmed. The result? Good intentions; no book. But what if you could have a bookstore quality paperback book in your hands in two weeks? And what if you didn’t have to do […]

A while back I was interviewed by Tom Parish at EnterpriseLeadership.org.  On their site, you will find the following description: In this podcast, Steve Shapiro, InnoCentive’s vice president of strategic consulting, talks about how InnoCentive’s open innovation model has helped companies solve the most challenging problems. When the Oil Spill Recovery Institute in Alaska wanted […]

According to a press release I received, “LG Mobile Phones (the fastest growing mobile phone brand in North America) is partnering with crowdSPRING (an online marketplace for creative services) and Autodesk (a leader in 2D and 3D design and engineering software) to hold a new competition to define the future of personal mobile communication.” They […]

One of my last blog entries discussed the need to create affordable and accessible solutions as a way of staying competitive. Given  globalization, cheap labor, and a damanged economy, this makes more sense than ever. Here are three starter questions to ask to help you generate new ideas: How can you productize a service? One […]

In today’s Wall Street Journal, there is a good article about South Bend, Indiana-based Memorial Hospital’s Innovation Cafe.  The article starts off… Hungry visitors to Memorial Hospital here sometimes cross the street to its Innovation Café, lured by the outdoor patio with white metal tables and chairs. Inside, however, all they find is fake food […]

Today’s blog entry gives you three feature articles with my thoughts on innovation.  Unfortunately, I have no idea what they say!  One article is from “Computerworld” in the Denmark (scanned in by a colleague there).  Another is from “High Tech Analysis” in the Netherlands.  And the last is the cover story from “inMarketing” in Thailand.  […]

We often make decisions based on emotion rather than logic. Especially in times of crisis (like our current financial situation), we choose options that address our “pains.” Most people are feeling a pain at the pump with gas prices topping $4 a gallon in the United States; higher in other countries. If you own a […]

Which will help your business be more successful: statistics or probability? Underwriters at insurance companies use statistics to assess future risks. This is based on years of collected data. Probability is what card counters in Vegas use to increase their odds of success. This is based on real-time, real-life experience. If you want to play […]

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