[note - most of this piece is a repeat from a 2017 post, but that’s on purpose] Gearing up to deliver a major new innovation to the world this fall? That’s awesome! Before you fling your great new idea out into the world, read … [Read more...] about Featherbedding!
Brains, and humans, like patterns. Our brains are wired to lay down neural pathways and then to encourage us, via clever deployment of hormones like cortisol and dopamine, to stick to those pathways. Your brain knows that if you do what has kept you … [Read more...] about Paving new neural pathways
Joy's law, attributed to Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, is this: "No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else.” The short version is more elegant: “Innovation occurs elsewhere.” There are great people making … [Read more...] about Innovation occurs elsewhere
Pablo Neruda said, “You can pick all the flowers, but you can’t stop the Spring.” Maybe it’s seeing all the flowers of our glorious San Francisco spring after a super rainy winter that keeps putting this quote in my mind. Maybe it’s that I keep … [Read more...] about The power of the Spring
The Innovators Way remains one of my favorite books when I’m working with an innovator scaling up to become a great leader and evangelist. If you’re courageous enough to take on changing the world you are a person who demands a lot of yourself. … [Read more...] about The nine virtues of innovative leaders
I always say that I “pair the principles and practices of executive coaching with 30 years in communications – a rare and powerful combination.” But what does that mean? Well, in helping innovators become great communicators I do basically three … [Read more...] about What to say, how to say it, why to say it
Do you know your why? As in, why does what you’re doing professionally matter to you? Why do you want to communicate? Why does what you want to say matter to other people? There are a gazillion ways to make a living. You chose what you do. And … [Read more...] about What’s your why?
Every practice in Peter Denning and Robert Dunham’s The Innovators Way is grounded in communication. This book codifies into practice what I’ve done by instinct throughout my whole career – coaching innovators to powerfully communicate through every … [Read more...] about Innovators as Communicators
Peter Denning and Robert Dunham’s The Innovators Way is essential reading for anyone who has an idea they’d like to see adopted in the world. First, a definition: “Innovation is the adoption of a new practice in a community.” “Innovation does not … [Read more...] about The Innovators Way
You are an innovator with a beautiful idea. You have a plan to turn that beautiful idea into a business. Now all you need is a team. So, how do you get the best people? How can you ever afford them?? Money is not the only thing you have to offer … [Read more...] about Humans aren’t coin-operated