With all thy getting, get understanding…

Image: Rock Eel Digital

A series of interactions yesterday clarified why I’ve always chaffed at the “membership” programs so prevalent on the web. They are unmistakeably profitable and perhaps it’s not to much of a stretch to remark that they are the dominant form of web-based residual income. For this particular self-styled business expert, their walk didn’t match their talk. That’s the take-away message: I’m for residual income and I’m for membership programs, yet I’d sooner give up chocolate, than own, lead or be a part of, programs that fail to deliver value arising out of the character witness of those involved. . . . → Read More: With all thy getting, get understanding…

Beware the Experience Trope

Poster from movie Shooter

Building resilient organizations with exponential improvements in risk discovery requires the optimum blend of high tech and high touch. . . . → Read More: Beware the Experience Trope

Disruptive Investments: What VCs Won’t Tell You

Image: Wikipedia

Image: Wikipedia

Investors are on the hunt. Be veeewy, veewy quiet they’re hunting the latest investor passion: fractional armadillo shares. You read that right. For non-Texans reading this post, we’re not talking about the animal most commonly seen dead by the side of the road.

An investment vehicle called an armadillo is . . . → Read More: Disruptive Investments: What VCs Won’t Tell You

Practical fashion magic: intern mentoring in the field (updated!)

Attractive young lady comes into a coffee shop in a short black cocktail gown and bright red heels at 8:30 am on a Friday morning. Shortly after she’s joined by a gent. What cross-disciplinary insights can we glean from this picture? As we mentor and coach our cadre of interns this summer, . . . → Read More: Practical fashion magic: intern mentoring in the field (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

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

“I trust thee…I trust thee not”


Trust depends in part on your hunger to learn. Yarak, a falconry term, teaches us a great deal about trust and how trust influences effective risk management. . . . → Read More: “I trust thee…I trust thee not”

The Risk is in the Mirror (updated!)

At the risk (pun intended) of being pilloried as the Grinch Who Stole Christmas, I’ve been brimming over with comments about some of the articles on business risk that I’ve been reading. Not sure which is a greater hazard, the one writing or those of us reading.

Let’s take this topper . . . → Read More: The Risk is in the Mirror (updated!)

…And Nothing Was Ever the Same Again

Innovation brings changes into our world, whether that’s process, product or people. Building bridges of trust helps span the gap between early adopters and the mainstream. . . . → Read More: …And Nothing Was Ever the Same Again

Systems Thinking & Sashimi

By engaging new hires in their strength, which is their fresh perspective, we transform the path through the landscape, rather than trying to transform the landscape itself. Ask yourself which is cheaper, faster and easier: buying a four-wheeler and making a new path, or engineering a superhighway. . . . → Read More: Systems Thinking & Sashimi

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?