Newton Did Not Work in an Open Office

Isaac Newton did not sit in an open-air cubicle design, sharing documents in the cloud and participating in global group discussions on his iPad by Apple. Instead, he sat under a tree and looked at the clouds, and an apple fell on his head. Sometimes, knowledge workers need the solitude to think. We have a […]

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Can Education Hurt Entrepreneurship?

Talking with some startup owners in Singapore recently, one question that came up was the impact formal education has on entrepreneurship. The concern that emerged was that the skills learned in a university might not be especially helpful for entrepreneurs, while the rules of the classroom — strict deadlines, a specific format for papers, that […]

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Angry Learning

I have a dark, ugly secret to reveal: I still play Angry Birds. Yes, it’s more than half a decade old, which is like 3,007,903 years in technology terms. And yes, it has been supplanted by so much more, even in just the last few months. But while everyone else is hunting Pokemon, I am […]

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The iBuilding

A couple days ago we mentioned the new Apple headquarters and how it can support collaboration. We thought it’s worth diving a little deeper into that. It may look like a spaceship, but it’s designed to help bring employees together here on Earth. Apparently, the folks at Apple outgrew their space years ago and have […]

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There Is No “I” in “Creativity”

OK, actually, there are two of them. But the reality is that your creative employees will usually be stronger together than they will be individually. Creativity often tends to be a very individualized characteristic. Your Creatives have their own talents that are not mass produced, they each have their own view of the world, they […]

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Going Beyond the Basics

A few years ago I had a chance to visit the offices and studios of National Public Radio in Washington DC. In addition to catching a glimpse of some of the announcers whose voices I knew but whose faces I had never seen, I saw something I didn’t expect: the NPR laboratory. Now, this is […]

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…One Giant Leap for Mankind

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(Yes, we first published this post a year ago. So what? We think it’s a story that should be repeated every year on this day!) 47 years ago today, the first men walked on the moon (though according to Michael Bay, the Transformers were there earlier). The US manned space program took nearly a decade […]

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Who’s Your Muse?

Back when I was teaching at Georgetown University in Washington DC, I was walking one day through the neighborhood around the campus and passed by a small architectural firm that I had passed by dozens of times before. This time, though, as I glanced through the windows I noticed photos on the wall, older black […]

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Creativity’s Return on Investment

Return on investment, or ROI, is a standard yardstick for measuring the effectiveness, and efficient use, of your resources. “What do we get back for every dollar we put in?” is a typical way of knowing if you are getting your money’s worth. When your inputs are physical in nature, it’s not that tough to […]

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Admitting Failure

It’s not always failure that holds you back from doing your best work. Sometimes, it’s success. How so? Well, by focusing only on your success you will not see where you can improve, and you might miss out on new opportunities because they do not fit into your “this has always worked before” paradigm. As […]

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