Matt Smith, MBA

About Matt Smith, MBA

Matt Smith is the creative force behind smithHOUSE, a Phoenix-based creative agency that focuses on the intersection of business, design, and technology. About Matt Smith.

Ecosystems and Business Strategy

We are all familiar with ecosystems. We learned about them when we were young, and most of us remain curious about ecosystems wherever we go. It’s a fascinating way to observe the world around you. It turns out that an ecosystem is a powerful way to see your company, and your long-term competitive strategy.

2018-08-21T11:48:38+00:00 August 28th, 2018|

Rule Number 1: No Mind Reading

We all know that “mind reading” doesn’t work. Life is hard enough as it is, so it’s silly to take on the additional burden of having to decipher one another’s emotions and actions to pick up clues on an unspoken tension.

2018-08-22T13:21:01+00:00 August 22nd, 2018|

4 Signs of a Dysfunctional Workplace

I’m really embarrassed when I stumble into the dysfunctional parts of adulthood. Particularly, dysfunctional teams at companies.  I wish there were a better word than “embarrassed,” but it’s the best word I have. It’s a blend of surprise, shame, and disappointment. I mean, we are all adults here, yet somehow we are messing this [...]

2018-08-16T11:42:27+00:00 August 13th, 2018|

The Problem of Blame

It’s easy to blame others for your problems. This is true in your personal life, and in your professional life too. However convenient it is to blame others for you problems in the short term, there are long-term effects that are toxic.

2018-08-13T16:42:34+00:00 August 6th, 2018|

The Last Blog You Should Ever Read about Millennials

Discussion about the "Millennials at Work" has become an obsession within our culture. This could be casual talk at the coffee shop, at your water cooler, or in elaborate articles from well respected news outlets. Where ever you go, there is so much chatter, but so little clarity. So my goal is to end [...]

2018-06-07T07:10:12+00:00 June 5th, 2018|

The Problem of Hindsight Bias

There was an irresistible TV mini-series on VH1 called “I love the 1980s" that debuted late in 2002. Over the course of ten episodes, VH1 showcased each year of the 80s and all the stuff that defined that year: popular music, fashion, trends, TV shows, movies, and occasionally something about politics. The show was [...]

2018-03-08T13:14:19+00:00 March 7th, 2018|

Models for Predicting the Future: Gartner’s Hype Cycle

Last week in the blog, I talked about how echo chambers can create wrong-headed predictions about the future.   This week, I want to talk about my favorite model for understanding the hype that surrounds a new technology: Gartner's Hype Cycle.  I've added emojis to their famous chart because--well--I think that [...]

2018-08-14T08:56:09+00:00 February 15th, 2018|

What the Internet of Things (IoT) Can Teach Us About Echo Chambers

This the topic of the blog today is about hype. Trends. Predictions. If you dare make predictions about the future, you will inevitably find yourself embarrassed by your own predictions. Mostly because predictions are made in the excitement of the present moment, often when we are surrounded by like-minded people. Echo Chambers: an environment in [...]

2018-02-15T14:32:10+00:00 January 15th, 2018|