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Innovators are collaborators not corroborators

We rely on innovation to address challenges and to make our lives more enjoyable. But innovation decreases and eventually ceases when change agents (that’s you): Become bystanders Decide to hoard their ideas The world is in need of anxious thinkers (not onlookers) who stimulate ideas through providing and sharing ideas. When people relieve themselves of…

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Don’t play the game, change the game

Every so often an individual’s curiosity, frustration, and/or inspiration urges them to break tradition and challenge the status quo.  It’s not about appeasing a subjective moral duty. It’s a drive to encourage others to revisit assumptions to avoid complacency, groupthink, or mediocrity. Sometimes these individuals speak a language that the majority immediately understands and other…

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Adventure matters more than efficiency

Peak efficiency is an admirable goal. After all, who wants to squander time, energy, and other resources when such waste can be avoided? My personal quest for efficiency has served me well; allowing me to do more than I ever thought possible.  But I have learned that such a quest also requires a word of…

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You can’t prove ‘new’

Outside of start-up ventures, we’re all, in a way, venture capitalists. We try to maintain a balance between analysis, prediction, and blind faith when deciding what to do and what to avoid – and then, of course, how diligently to do each. But the difference in people’s life paths is often determined by their own…

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Distance changes circumstance

Solving problems is all about getting closer to the issue, right? Not necessarily. We often assume that those most familiar and most knowledgeable about a problem are the best people to solve it. Ironically, however, many insights do not result from increased research or more time spent analyzing. Sometimes it takes an outsider with a…

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Start with the ridiculous and work toward the reasonable

In the realm of negotiation, there is widely understood maxim: “He who proposes the first figure loses.” What is the reasoning behind this phrase? In fear of sounding ridiculous, the first person typically proposes what is (or might be near) a logical figure. What is not often understood is that all following conversations are framed…

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A Stop sign does not mean turn back

Everyday we face various Stop signs. Not only in a car, but in our professional and personal lives as well. When someone gives us unfavorable feedback, or we lose support, or we lose funding, or something does not work out, we face a Stop sign. But many people take these encounters far too literally and…

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Creative flow comes from letting go

The value of “creative flow” cannot be underestimated. It’s a source or inspiration, imagination, and genius – things coveted by man for centuries. Despite some common beliefs, great ideas don’t arise from a deepset effort to expel intelligence, but rather a process of “expressing” thoughts and energy without self-scrutiny. The greatest encumbrance we face is,…

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Superstition ends where new action begins

There are two human behaviors that perpetuate superstitions. Subconsciously seeking information that supports our beliefs Clinging to our routine behavior For these two primary reasons we are inclined to create overarching beliefs and general assumptions about what leads to success and failure – or anything in between. This is why so many different people can…

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Opposite can mean opportunity

Too easily and too often we assume our perspectives are the best, most logical, and perhaps only way to interpret the world. But this train of thought is not only fallacious, but perilous. We shut doors of opportunity and growth that we didn’t even know existed. If doing things in the same way we have…

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Reality is a technicality

“Things don’t work that way in the real world” we’re implicitly and/or explicitly told. But even though advice about the “real world” may come with good intentions, it doesn’t make it accurate. Cautionary counsel is less about fact and more of an outward reflection of an inner belief or opinion based on personal points of…

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