For anyone who has anything to do with corporate meetings…


Find a window…and another window

August 19, 2011

Of the many critical things I was taught as a fireman that I have since applied to just about every other aspect of my life, this one ranks pretty high. Here it is: always have a second way out of the room. In the case of fighting a fire, there is no guarantee that the [...]

Read the full article →

For THAT? Give ‘em THIS.

August 12, 2011

Frans Johansson wrote an incredible book called, The Medici Effect: Breakthrough Insights at the Intersection of Ideas, Concepts and Cultures. The point that he makes excruciatingly clear is that, quite often, inspired ideas come from the unlikeliest of places. Here’s an example from Johansson: “Volvo has delved into a new, fascinating, and intersectional, initiative.  The [...]

Read the full article →

There’s more than one way to skin a…

July 22, 2011

Note: I am fascinated by LEGO® products . Always have been. And I recently learned some things that took the WOW factor up several notches. * There is a proprietary software used by LEGO Group that takes any image and transforms it into a 3-D image…a blueprint of LEGO bricks, layer by layer. This took [...]

Read the full article →

When it doesn’t matter where it goes

July 12, 2011
medium agnostic

Imagine you’re a newspaper reporter…and you’re on assignment to write the article of the century—front page, above the fold, breaking news. It’s going to take at least a year to research and write the story. But the newspaper world is a bit, shall we say, shaky…and your editor honestly can’t tell you where your final [...]

Read the full article →

The tip of technology

July 8, 2011

I had horrible service the other night at a restaurant. My gut reaction was to not leave a tip, but in the end I couldn’t do it. Why? Because tipping—waiters, cab drivers, hair dressers—has become part of our culture. It’s what we do. Which is funny and so wrong. T.I.P. actually stands for ‘To Improve [...]

Read the full article →

Choices: the guts of ‘invention’

June 24, 2011

A songwriter can write an original song, but she doesn’t invent new notes. A painter can paint an original painting, but he doesn’t invent the colors. A writer can write an original story, but she doesn’t invent new letters. A chef can cook an original dish, but he doesn’t invent new food. What these artists [...]

Read the full article →

Beyond the stretch interlude

April 29, 2011

After a long hiatus (and by ‘long’ I mean: since high school) from moving legs quickly for any reason other than work or catching trains, I have recently taken up running.  And besides the obvious benefits here: health and fitness; I’ve noticed a reward that I didn’t see coming when I laced up my Nike [...]

Read the full article →

If you build it…

April 1, 2011

…they’ll still come, but they might not own it. I’m wondering if you’ve heard of Jones Soda. Here’s a micro-brewing soda company that was competing against Coke and Pepsi because it had to, because they’re there, huge and not likely to go away any time soon. So, Jones Soda had to do something that would [...]

Read the full article →

Message extenders: Music

February 2, 2011

Don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about. Bryan Adams Heaven comes on the radio and in an instant you’re back in junior high, dancing with your crush. You can smell the unmistakable aroma of the school gym. You can feel the way the button-down shirt clings so tight you can’t breathe. And [...]

Read the full article →