With all thy getting, get understanding… 1

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From second to segue From magic moment to meaningful movement From poignant pause to powerful proposal for progress We change our level of awareness all the time. How much would we gain if we chose to be more clear to ourselves and to others, about who we are, what we believe and how those beliefs ...

Beware the Experience Trope

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As a globally-experienced safety & risk innovator, let me share some tough love. If you are either in the job market hearing the line or you are a recruiter whose boss is telling you the line “only experienced candidates who can hit the ground running,” be very afraid. The “needs experience” trope is a smokescreen ...

Disruptive Investments: What VCs Won’t Tell You

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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 the hybrid where a B ...

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

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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, those are valuable ...

Reflections on Connecticut shooting 2

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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 ago, in Personal ...

An Open Letter to the Stanford Selection Committee

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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 economy countries. Respectfully, ...

“I trust thee…I trust thee not” 1

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Mies was right: it’s in the details The vocally naïve narrator featured in the lead video for CRM Idol is competent enough, yet that “thin slice” difference is all it takes to disregard the speaker or fail to engage the viewer. The split second pauses and varying inflections that distinguish “speaking to” from “talking with” ...

The Risk is in the Mirror (updated!)

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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 from “Mike” at big-accounting-firm-with-two-letters-separated-by-an-ampersand: ...

…And Nothing Was Ever the Same Again

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It’s been a month of Sundays since I’ve posted. What’s even more embarrassing is that they’re sitting on the drive waiting to get uploaded! Geez. Well, turning over a new leaf for this last week before Christmas. I’ll upload them and date them with the actual dates to make an effort to preserve the timeline. ...

Systems Thinking & Sashimi 3

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Just recently I had the occasion to speak about our company’s flagship product (big surprise there, eh?). After several examples didn’t bring the lightbulb of recognition to my listener’s eyes, what did work was explaining that sashimi tastes better because it’s in such thin slices that there is more surface area, in other words, you ...