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A few years ago I was in Sydney and was on a bus heading back downtown from the beach on a Saturday afternoon. A group of folks got on when I did and it took me a few minutes to realize that one of my favorite actors, Michael Cera, had gotten on and was sitting […]

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Happy Labor Day

In most of the world (pretty much everywhere except the United States, which celebrates in September), today is Labor Day. Rather than writing here about how much you should respect the people who work for you and show your appreciation for their effort, we are just going to wish you and your team a happy […]

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Want Creativity? Prove It

Companies spend a lot of time saying they want creativity. They should spend more time proving it than just saying it. It’s easy for leaders to say they want innovation in their processes or a creative new way of thinking about whatever product or service they produce. Too often, though, their actions do not match […]

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Building a Resilient Workforce

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Every business has ups and downs, and the only way to take advantage of the “ups” is to be able to bounce back from the “downs.” Corporate wellness programs go a long way to building resiliency in your workforce. The easy piece of that is that healthy employees come to work with more energy to […]

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Where Are the Younger Super-Creatives?

So, what are all the young geniuses up to these days? Scientific American noted a few years ago that a study of Nobel laureates revealed that scientists are doing their most important breakthrough work later in life. It’s not just that they are receiving the Nobel Prize when they are older, because that has typically […]

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From Running Marathons to Running a Business

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A year ago, right about now, I was on top of the world. Literally. Finishing the 2016 North Pole Marathon was a dream come true, but it also represented the end of my journey to complete The Marathon Grand Slam (a marathon on all 7 continents and at the North Pole). From the time I […]

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Big Things Come in Small Packages

Do you like cooking shows? Of course you do. Do you like competition cooking shows, where the various chefs rip each other apart like they are ripping apart a head of lettuce? Admit it, you do. So do you like seeing competition cooking shows with kids? Probably. But hopefully not to see them rip each […]

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Writing is the Right Thing to Do

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Back at the end of 2008 I was asked to give a talk at a Singaporean university about the likely impact of President Obama’s election on international relations. A couple days before, one of the organizer’s assistants wrote and asked me for a bio. She wrote, “I was going to pull something from online, but […]

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Go Have a Drink

When you work in a growing organization it is easy to get really wrapped up in your work, so involved, in fact, that you might not have much of a life beyond the office. You start by working hard when you’re at the office, then you cannot help but think about things while you are […]

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What Kind of Change?

When you think about creativity in your organization, are you talking about making small changes to what’s already there, or do you mean discontinuous innovation, the idea of coming up with something brand new?? Do you think about how to do things differently, or do you think about how to do different things? Are you […]

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