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My Best $1 Travel Must Have Item

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What is your most used travel item that costs less than $5? When I ask people this question, I hear ideas ranging from ear plugs and eye shades to nail files and a travel-sized screwdriver kit. Mine is a $1 travel-sized spray bottle. That might not sound very exciting, but it serves many purposes. The […]

Two Years of Hard Work

SS Blog Two Years of Hard Work

Two years ago today – October 18, 2022 – I sat on a park bench overlooking a river. I was reflecting on what was next for my business. It was a calm and peaceful day. As it turns out, that was my last truly peaceful moment at work. Because at that time, I decided to […]

Strive for Clarity, Not Cleverness

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We live in a world of clickbait and hyperbole. Although this might catch someone’s initial interest, it may have a negative long-term impact on your customer. Equally, businesses have been told to shoot for creativity, but often this only leads to confusion. I recently had dinner at a restaurant in a boating community. I needed […]

Interview with Roche About Innovation in Healthcare

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I was recently interviewed by Roche for a two-part series about innovation in healthcare. Interview #1 – Create a Culture of Innovation: The primary focus of this interview was on how to create a culture of innovation. My definition of innovation Why thinking outside the box can reduce innovation A video with my “brick” exercise […]

My Interview with Trusted Magazine

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I was recently interviewed by Trusted Magazine. They asked me four questions about my career: How could you describe your career path in a few words? What was your most challenging experience and has it changed your mindset? Based on your experiences, what skills should an entrepreneur develop in 2023? Based on your recent experiences, […]

How to Embrace Phygital – the Blending of Physical and Digital

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Combining the digital and physical worlds enhances both. Let’s get phygital is not a song by Olivia Newton-John. It is about how your organization can leverage the blending of the physical and digital worlds. For most of history, we were a physical society. We met in person and all interactions occurred with physical products. Then, […]

Finding Time for Writing

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This is post #3 about the writing process for my next book. Here’s #1 and #2. Sometimes a challenge for people in writing is making the time or having the support. Admittedly, I’m a pretty good self-motivator. I make the time. Quite often I lock myself in a hotel for a week or two so […]

Getting Book Feedback

Book Feedback

Given my last post about my next book generated so much interest, I’ve decided to document my journey here in the hopes that it benefits others. This is book number 7. Although I have published books as far back as 2001 (with an even earlier one from 1996 when I was at Accenture), I am […]

Want to Help Me Write My Next Book?

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Yesterday I submitted the manuscript for my next book to early readers. Although this is book number seven, I am using a different strategy than I have in the past. The big influencers were two books I read on the writing process: Write a Must Read by AJ Harper is a truly fantastic book. The […]

Are You A Pessimist, Optimist, Engineer, or Innovator?

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I’m locked away in a hotel this week working on my next book. Today I want to share one small section which gets at the heart of the premise. It’s a story you may have heard, with a twist…   Although you may have heard the story of the optimist and pessimist who look at […]