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“Disruption”: Dumb Luck or Deep Understanding?

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We often think of “disruption” as belonging to the realm of startups or big, but innovative and relatively young companies like Google or Apple.  Is it luck…is it art… or is it science?.   One really old, really large company that makes many products you use every day knows that disruption

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Are You Committed for the Long Term?

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Here’s a quick summary of  interesting research done on children who were learning to play a musical instrument.  It turns out that practice and talent were not the final determinants of success in music, but something much more basic.   Find out why if you want to learn a new skill

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Five Lessons From Marissa Mayer

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There are many articles on Marissa Mayer who has taken on the remarkable task of trying to make sense of what business Yahoo is in and what its future might be.   Whatever the outcome, you have to admire the career she’s had so far.  One business writer has recapped her journey

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Are You a Member of the 8% Club?

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Every year, I have good (no I mean great) intentions of achieving my goals for the ensuing year. I even print out my wheel of life (you can find this here) and take an inventory of where I am and where I need to invest some effort to improve my

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Quit Like a Winner

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We’ve all been taught that “quitters never win and winners never quit.”    This time worn wisdom sounds great but may not be true according marketing guru Seth Godin who asserts that Winners do quit, and quitters do win. Life  is about making choices because you can’t try everything.  Godin advises that knowing

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TV – Version 3.0

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Phones went from calls that required operator assistance to the ones in our pockets…..computers went from “big iron” to the devices in front of us, that thanks to Moore’s law, double in power every 18 months.   TV went from rabbit ears to cable to what technology watcher Robert X. Cringely (former

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Are You the Bottleneck?

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Peter Drucker once remarked that, when it came to a company’s overall performance,  the “bottleneck is always at the top of the bottle.”  Does that describe your impact on your company?  In the long run, companies won’t be better than their leadership and that means continual learning.   This article from Entrepreneur magazine

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Driving Miss Daisy (and everyone else)

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The wonderful film  “Driving Miss Daisy”  portrayed an aging wealthy widow who could afford to hire a chauffeur to drive her when she no longer could. The driverless car touted by Google and others will make it possible for all of us to have chauffeurs when we no longer can (or

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Getting Better at Getting Better – a/k/a Continuous Improvement

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The ever increasing degree of competition in the world means that,  learning and development can never end.  A recent article looks at how the meaning of high performance in the worlds of sports, the arts and finally business ,  and what it now takes to achieve it,  has changed over the years.  The

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Looking Forward to Your Future – Do You Wanna Be an Old Master?

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Not only can you expect to live longer than your parents, you can expect a longer retirement and maybe a second career if you want (or need to because the first one did not provide enough for your to retire on).  To get ready for that day, check out this

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