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The Resolution Myth

SS Blog The Resolution Myth

Welcome to 2024. We’ve been told that because it’s a new year, it’s time for a new you. But before you set those resolutions, consider the fact that only 8% of people are always successful in achieving the desired results. 92% fail! 24% (one in four people) NEVER succeed and have failed on every resolution […]

What If You Worked 24/7?

Magic and work

Over the years I have been to a lot of conferences – either as an attendee or as a speaker. At most events, the formal education portions ends by 7pm, usually quite a bit earlier. A banquet or gathering in the bar typically follows. I recently attended a magic convention with 700 magicians. Unlike most […]

Resolutions That Can’t Fail

wall street journal

It is that time of year. Many of you will soon be setting your New Year’s Resolutions. But did you know that only 8% of people are always successful in achieving the desired results. 92% fail!

Change the Question; Change Your Life

Change the question, innovation

Many years back I consumed a massive amount of diet cola. 5 liters or more each day. I would unconsciously drink a 20-ounce bottle while working at my desk. It seemed like within 5 minutes it was empty, and I didn’t even recall drinking it. So I would buy another and consume it equally fast. […]

Stop the Masochistic Resolution Ritual!

No Resolutions!

It’s that time of year again…time to set your New Year’s Resolutions. Unfortunately over 90% of people fail to keep them. What’s the solution? One perspective can be found in my Wall Street Journal article from several years ago. Happy New Year! Like dinosaurs and gas-guzzling SUVs, is the traditional New Year’s Resolution rapidly becoming […]

Your Inner Impostor May Be Hurting You


Back in the early 90’s, while working for Andersen Consulting in New York City, I was asked to give a presentation to a client project team that was creating a complex software system. They were struggling with the testing process. The project team was told that I was one of the Firm’s foremost authorities on […]

2 Part Interview on Fei's World


I was recently interviewed by Fei Wu for her Fei’s World podcast. She is a fantastic interviewer. It was truly a conversation that meandered to a lot of different, yet related topics. We discussed concepts such as: Innovation Asking Better Questions and Creating Better “Briefs” Confirmation Bias The Impostor Syndrome Public Speaking How to Engage […]

When Sameness is Goodness

Today is my 50th birthday.After reflecting on what has transpired over the last year, I realized that the past 12 months were a lot like the year before that.My income is pretty much the same.I am still giving the same number of speeches on innovation. I’m on the road the same number of days. I haven’t […]

What to Ditch to Improve Your Life and Business


You’ve heard it before: To get more done, work smarter, not harder. One business innovator reveals what 3 things you can eliminate to help you do just that… For the past year, I’ve been experimenting with the concept of working less by telling myself that I only have one hour a day to get things […]

Spread the Happiness

We have all heard that smiles are contagious.  Is that really the case? There have been numerous studies that show that not only does a smile physiologically change your own mood, but it can also alter the mood of those around you. A smile causes a shift in our brain chemistry that assists us in […]