Design thinking is an essential tool for innovators in all fields, from industrial designers to fashion designers, to university administrators to brand and business model builders. To help understand this important framework for innovation, we created a one-page model capturing the heart and mind of Design Thinking. Using this model, we will explore what Design Thinking is and does…Read More
Entrepreneurs who focus on enriching life are redefining the role of business. There is a change happening in the role business plays and it is now being baked into the very essence of many new businesses created today…Read More
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
There’s more to self-awareness than cultivating clarity on how your past has shaped you, or understanding the impacts of your present style, personality and approach. True self-awareness means holding both clarity about the known self and a mindfulness regarding the potential of the self yet becoming…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
“If you only have a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” If you think you only have one type of solution, you use it for every challenge. Sounds stupid, doesn’t it? Well, that is exactly what companies do when they solely use upward promotion to motivate and reward success…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
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