Category: Change

“The Meritocracy Trap”

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It’s been said that “money doesn’t buy happiness but it does buy a better class of problems.”  For the so-called “elites” of our society who’ve achieved success in commerce or the professions, that success comes at a much higher personal price than that paid by earlier generations who reached the top.

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“Tang”…and Other NASA Innovations

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If you grew up in the early days of America’s space-age, you’ll remember that there was (and still is)  a breakfast drink called “Tang” that gained notoriety (and more than a little success) due to the fact that the early astronauts imbibed it during those early orbital flights.  Check out

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Great Thinkers Who Had Spectacularly Bad Predictions

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None of us would like to have every prediction we’ve made posted for public review.  But regardless of how wrong you’ve been, you’re in good company.  Check out these 29 spectacularly wrong technology predictions made by some of the most famous people in history who show that getting a one or

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“Which Way to Pointe du Hoc?”

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The coincidence of 2019 commencement ceremonies and the 75th anniversary of D-Day caused WSJ columnist and Reagan White House speechwriter Peggy Noonan to reflect on the challenges that confront each generation. Her thoughts on the Normandy Invasion, and in particular of the men who under fire climbed a near vertical

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Week of May 6th

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Black Swans…or Gray Rhinos? In recent years we’ve heard the term “Black Swans”  to describe events like the 2008 real estate crisis:  events that are supposedly not foreseeable.  Policy strategist Michele Wucker’s TED Talk  “urges us to replace the myth of the ‘black swan’ — that rare, unforeseeable, unavoidable catastrophe — with the

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Week of April 29, 2019

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“There are two kinds of failures: those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought”  Laurence J. Peter Author, “The Peter Principle” ——————————————————— Required Reading-The Death of Retirement During the Great Recession of 2008, many people were afraid of going broke.  Now at the height of one of the

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Week of April 22, 2019

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“To build the next generation of companies, we must abandon the dogmas created after the crash. That doesn’t mean the opposite ideas are automatically true: you can’t escape the madness of crowds by dogmatically rejecting them. “Instead ask yourself: how much of what you know about business is shaped by

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Week of April 15, 2019

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How to “Heimlich” Yourself The Heimlich maneuver has saved thousands from choking.  Unfortunately, we often “choke” on more than just food.  It’s the rare individual who hasn’t “choked” at a critical moment due to fear, anxiety or some other emotion. There usually isn’t someone around in such situations willing or able

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The New Minority

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Do you know what will happen in less than a year?  A minority will become the majority.  2020 will be the year the Millennials become a majority of the population and not long after, a majority of your employees, customers, suppliers competitors, and vendors. Boomers will now be the minority and Millennial dominance will

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We Didn’t See This Coming – Bill and Melinda Gates

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Great CEOs spend more than a little time watching the world outside the walls of their enterprises because that’s where the need for their offerings emanates.  Even though Bill Gates relinquished the CEO job at Microsoft years ago, he and wife Melinda now lead the Gates Foundation which manages their philanthropic

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