Writing the Future 15 Seconds at a Time – updated!

Revised 03Mar2014

The word “calamus,” from ancient Greek, refers to the reed used as a spice, as well as the hard part of a feather quill used to create pen tips. To adapt and extend the 15 second encounter concept first articulated by Jan Carlzon, former CEO of SAS Airlines: we . . . → Read More: Writing the Future 15 Seconds at a Time – updated!

Reflections on Connecticut shooting

No words can adequately contain or express the grief born by the parents of those in Friday’s senseless tragedy where the fire of life was snuffed out for 20 children and 8 adults, including the shooter. The technology post I’ve been working on can wait. As I wrote just over a year . . . → Read More: Reflections on Connecticut shooting

Keeping work playful – updated!

Faith, Friendship, Finances as the 3 dimensions of building your business

We are hard-wired to be people of community, it’s in our DNA. No amount of new-agey nonsense can change that. We also know that trust is most often built through shared experience. These truths weave together beautifully for the success of this publishing project our partnership has launched in Romania. . . . → Read More: Keeping work playful – updated!

A New View of Wayfinding

3 intersecting planes in a 3-axis framework

We will advance our cause more when we help others figure out where they want to go—and help them get there.

In building out the vital intersections between the way we construct our physical world and how those buildings, those structures influence the way we treat each other, books can serve a . . . → Read More: A New View of Wayfinding

The Risks of Not Learning, Part I

Penny wise, pound foolish has rarely had so direct a demonstration.

Let’s say that you’re a director at a large food products company. Imagine the chaos that ensues when deep within the bowels of the organization, an HR troll FIRED your right arm, your executive secretary, your “Man Friday” while you were . . . → Read More: The Risks of Not Learning, Part I

An Open Letter to the Stanford Selection Committee

2012 is just starting and I’m snorting like a bull in a rodeo. MBA, Schmembeeaye.

One of my twitter friends highlighted a position recently posted at Stanford:

The SEED Case Writer is responsible for researching and writing new case studies and teaching notes related to entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial ecosystem in developing . . . → Read More: An Open Letter to the Stanford Selection Committee

O.c.c.u.p.y Hearts & Minds

Image: accelerated-degree.com


if the One World Scheme anarchists (which some call Occupy Wall Street, OWS) had developed a coherent set of beliefs and a community-oriented strategy.


if they had respectfully approached neighboring homeowners and businesses with a well-though-out and well-articulated proposition (run with me here):

We would . . . → Read More: O.c.c.u.p.y Hearts & Minds

The Risk of Good PR

slide 27 of Innovative Risk Management briefing

After a busy week and a conference all weekend, the new faith-based blog (Enchiridion Texanae) is up-to-date, yet I was wondering what I was going to write about for the personal/tech blog. Thankfully, the talented, erudite and oh, so articulate Umair Haque solved that for me with a lovely burst of world-wide . . . → Read More: The Risk of Good PR

Persistence of y.o.u.r. Vision

Image: moma.org

Dali’s Persistence of Memory provides a segue full of insight to the process of disciplining your vision, through increasing the clarity of Your Own Unique Resources. Are the problems you’re picking to solve in your business hard enough to be worth solving? . . . → Read More: Persistence of y.o.u.r. Vision

Reverse Luddites

Image: census.gov

One of my most memorable professors, Charlie Gilmore, had a saying: figures don’t lie, but liars do figure and statisticians are great liars!

Image: census.gov

Here the US Census bureau gives us some whoppers to digest. Heartburn is more like it: even today, there are those benighted folks committed to illusions . . . → Read More: Reverse Luddites

A walk in the forest…

Systems Thinking teaches us how to scale our perspective to study the forest or the trees, while Systems Engineering tells us what to do with the data we find.

Visitors: Where in the World?