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Hall of Fame Acceptance Speech


As readers of this blog know, on July 21, 2015, I was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame. That evening, I received the National Speakers Association’s Council of Peers Award of Excellence (CPAE) award in front of 1,500 people at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington DC.

Everyone Reacts Differently

Back in 1996, I was conducting an important three-day “train the trainer” session for a program we were launching at Accenture. I was personally training 200 top client partners and managers. It was critical that we got everyone’s buy-in. At the end of day one, the partner in charge of program, Bob, asked me how […]

I Was Humbled by Curious George

Back in 2006, my Goal-Free Living book was published by Wiley, and I was feeling quite proud. Later that same year, after giving a speech in Los Angeles, I drove up to Santa Barbara to attend a conference, arriving just in time for lunch. While standing in the line for the buffet, I turned around […]

Podcast: Interview with Author of "The Antidote"

Today I am thrilled to share with you a 45 minute conversation between me and Oliver Burkeman, the author of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking. I met Oliver several years ago. We got connected through a book review he did back in 2007 for the Guardian newspaper in England. He […]

10 Years Ago Today

Ten years ago today was my last day with Accenture.  The day before I had my book launch party for my first book, 24/7 Innovation. October 11, 2001. I recently found a notebook from about 15 years ago.  In it, I found an interesting entry from November 1996.  In it, I declared where I wanted […]

What is Your New Year’s Theme?

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner.  Many of you know that I have a tradition of setting a “theme” for each year rather than a resolution. My theme for 2009 was “cool things.”  And it definitely was a year of cool things. I signed a 2 book deal with Penguin’s Portfolio imprint.  I […]

How Do You Manage Your Innovation Pipeline

When I work with large organizations, they have sophisticated tools and processes for managing their innovation pipeline.  Well, at least some do. But how do YOU manage YOUR innovation pipeline?  OK, for simplicity sake, you can just call it your “to-do” list. I have so many different projects and ideas that I am working on at […]

Commemorating September 11th

My friend, Shari Harley, wrote a beautiful article commemorating September 11th.  For her it is very personal since she worked in the Twin Towers at that time, but was not in the office that day. She asks some very thought provoking questions: How is the world different because I lived on September 11th when others […]

The 90 Minute Challenge

In a previous blog entry, I wrote about my “30 day challenge.” The purpose of that was to disconnect you from email. Well, today I have a new – yet shorter – challenge. It only takes 90 minutes. I live near the ocean, and when I am home (which is not often), I like to walk […]

The Big Idea Video

As many of you know, I was recently on “The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch.” Here is the video of my (very) brief appearance. If I were given more time, I would have discussed these 7 tips for keeping your job.  Fortunately, CNBC decided to post these tips on their website along with another article […]