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Two Years of Hard Work

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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 […]

People Don’t Want Creativity

People Don't Want Creativity

People don’t want creativity. They may say they do, but there is a strong anti-creativity bias in most organizations. And unfortunately this bias happens at an subconscious level. This video shares some interesting findings from a study by Cornell University (my alma mater) – and the implications. Note that the video talks about “newness.” In […]

Good To Gone

Good to Gone

Your past success can lead to future failure. If you are focused on opportunities based on your past experience, you may be solving irrelevant problems. This segment is called “Good to Gone” as we discuss some of the companies that were once the largest in their industry, but they are now gone or on life […]

Better Virtual Meetings Using My 25 Lenses

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In my latest book, Invisible Solutions, I share 25 lenses that can reframe and help solve nearly any difficult business problem. To demonstrate the power of the lenses, I am creating a series of videos that show how they can be used to generate creative – and sometimes previously hidden – solutions to some common […]

Invisible Solutions Launches Today

I am thrilled to announce that my 6th book, Invisible Solutions, is officially available today. You can get a copy at Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com, IndieBound, and other retailers. And if you are outside of the US, it appears that Amazon is selling the book globally. You can also buy it at most independent bookstores. The audiobook version will […]

Beyond the Suggestion Box

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I was recently asked, “What’s an example of a problem/question people ask that doesn’t yield the desired results.” My response was the default question associated with most suggestion boxes. Here’s my full response (1 minute 46 seconds)

How to Grow Your Company Without Spending Any Money

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Sometimes the best strategy is to give someone a slice of your business…. Do you ever feel as though you never have enough time, money, or resources to make your business as successful as you know it could be? As a small-business owner myself, I struggle with this dilemma frequently. Although I could take out […]

The Power of the Innovation Retreat Week

Innovation Retreat Week

Busy entrepreneurs need to step away from the business in order to grow their business… As entrepreneurs, we are all busy. There never seems to be enough time to complete even the basic tasks we need to accomplish. So, when do we have time to innovate? 5 years ago, I realized that it felt like […]

My New Speaking Video – 3 Minutes of Pure Content

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I am thrilled to share with you my new demo video. The team at Video Narrative did an incredible job of pulling this together. We had one design principle: Don’t sell; educate. We didn’t want this to be a sales pitch. Rather we wanted a video that was content-driven. Therefore, this 3-minute video is pure content […]