Making It… Making the life and livelihood that we choose.
Breakdown… When the previous ways of Making It no longer work.
Breakthrough… When new ways of creating a life and livelihood emerge, often in totally unexpected ways.
Today is an extremely confusing environment in which to shape a career, where there are no clear paths, where all bets are off…
Does your status quo need screwing up? The short answer is: “Yes” — either now or soon. The longer answer is that this is an era of rapid change and we all need to take a clear-eyed look at the world around us. Carefully consider the realities inside your organization and in the larger context, and you might discover the next drivers of change before they surprise you…Read More
“Don’t worry be happy” has it all wrong…deeper conversations make for happier people, and better innovation…Read More
Our Lyft driver tells us he was a former Olympic Broad Jumper from Senegal. At home in L.A. he works as a kids’ sports coach while running two startup businesses and in his “spare time” drives for Lyft. He’s also a face of a new economic reality. He’s one face of the new Gig economy and there are millions more…Read More
Borderless Creativity is based on the realization that there often are not “real” borders that keep us from crossing over into new territories for exploring our creativity. It is also seeing that the more we do move past these invisible borders, the richer life becomes…Read More
New ideas are really just new combinations of old ideas, using the familiar to create the unexpected. There is a basic “ABC” flow to creating new ideas and solutions. To develop these new combinations, you need to create new relationships and linkages between familiar ideas. Then you need to apply these new combinations into an “aha” solution that then can be prototyped, tested and developed…Read More
Cities and their surrounding environments are like coral reefs, providing a common connective structure for various subcultures. It is here, in the interaction of diverse views and conversations, where ideas are born. And, like abandoned ships that become rich homes for sea life at the bottom of the ocean, innovations tend to thrive in discarded urban environments…Read More
In anticipation of greater complexity, the most successful CEOs are preparing their organizations for a journey into unchartered and scary waters, which is a tactic that has been used for centuries. At the edge of their known world, ancient cartographers used to write, “There be Dragons” on the old sea maps. Company leaders, like the ancient explorers, have to prepare their people to creatively adapt to whatever they may encounter in the unknown (especially if they might run into dragons)…Read More
When information is so complex that it can’t be digested in bite-sized pieces, throw it all into a big container so that you can hold it. One of the most powerful containers that leaders use is a compelling vision…Read More
In today’s world of commerce, the Internet most closely resembles a natural ecosystem. It's a network that doesn’t have anyone to manage or control it. It operates through continuous flows that are self-organizing, mutually enhancing and ever transforming and innovating. Like nature, people and organizations share a desire to transform, grow and innovate…if only we could set up the flow conditions to make it happen!Read More