Be Brave: Ask the Hard Questions

2018-10-19T10:42:04+00:00 October 15th, 2018|

I am afraid that in most meetings, even in high-level meetings, people spend too much time posturing themselves to look cool. It’s different than “looking cool” that we all practiced in high school, but the motivation is the same. We want people to like us and think we matter.

Ecosystems and Business Strategy

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

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.

Rule Number 1: No Mind Reading

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

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.

4 Signs of a Dysfunctional Workplace

2018-10-15T09:43:09+00:00 August 13th, 2018|

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 [...]

The Problem of Blame

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

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.

The Last Blog You Should Ever Read about Millennials

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

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 [...]

The Problem of Hindsight Bias

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

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 [...]

Models for Predicting the Future: Gartner’s Hype Cycle

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

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 [...]