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Creative People

September 30, 2015 0 Comments
Creative People

Creative People — that sounds redundant to me. We (people, that is) ARE creative. Can we really speak of creativity and not be speaking of people for the most part? Yet we people also wind up somehow creating environments that stifle creativity. Why? Perhaps we don’t know where creativity comes from. Certainly we haven’t figured out exactly how […]

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Book Review: The Innovators by Walter Isaacson

December 23, 2014 0 Comments
Book Review: The Innovators by Walter Isaacson

This book, and writing this review, was a trip through memory lane for me! Having spent more than three decades in the semiconductor and high technology space, the people listed in Isaacson’s excellent book were almost all familiar to me. Some I have met, others I have listened to in presentations and almost all I […]

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Book Review: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

September 17, 2014
Book Review: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Daniel Kahneman’s book Thinking, Fast and Slow required me to be slow and deliberate in my reading. I stopped frequently to mull over what Kahneman had to say and it was worth every bit of energy I expended. Kahneman starts with this “wish:” “So this is my aim for watercooler conversations: improve the ability to identify […]

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The Science of Leadership

September 10, 2014
The Science of Leadership

Sooner or later we will see a neuroscience-based profile of leadership. I don’t mean a list of words that are “attributes,” or someone’s list of “Top 10 Habits of Highly Successful Leaders.” What I’m envisioning is a neural map showing synaptic connections and particularly active parts of the leader’s brain. There will be detailed explanations […]

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Leadership: “The Truth is . . .”

April 30, 2014
Leadership: “The Truth is . . .”

I hear this phrase frequently during discussions and meetings. Someone will inevitably start a statement or counter someone else’s comment with the assertion “The truth is . . .” How can that statement be accurate? As leaders, should we let it stand? A more accurate statement might be, “A truth is . . .” or better […]

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Nothing Ruins a Good Story Like Good Research

January 29, 2014
Nothing Ruins a Good Story Like Good Research

Either your own good research or someone else’s good research. It’s a bummer. It has to do with confirmation bias. We tend to find facts, data and anecdotes that support our hypothesis. When we “put ourselves out there” and make a definitive statement as though it is factual, and then have someone who happens to […]

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Book Review: On Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins and Sandra Blakeslee

January 8, 2014
Book Review: On Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins and Sandra Blakeslee

In this very well written book, Hawkins and Blakeslee describe a new model of how our human intelligence has evolved, how it “works” and what it means to have a “massive” cerebral cortex. Much of the description of the brain’s neuronal structure will be familiar to those who follow developments in neuroscience. However, what’s new […]

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Science and Business

December 18, 2013
Science and Business

The word “science” comes from the Latin word scientia, meaning “knowledge.” Like so many things these days, this word can be divisive in some circles and contexts. I will stay away from the political discussion and stick to that with which I am most comfortable; and that is the business of business. Business has always […]

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We need more women leaders

December 4, 2013
We need more women leaders

And here’s why; Male and Female brains are wired differently, leading to different skillsets. Complementary skillsets at that. Most organizations need all the skills covered by the two different wiring systems, ergo – more women leaders, please. For a long time now, we’ve made jokes, had anecdotal stories to share and have become very frustrated […]

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A picture is worth a thousand words

September 18, 2013
A picture is worth a thousand words

AND, science now shows us words rely more on pictures than we had originally thought. For the first time, researchers report that they “were able to link the auditory signal in the brain to what a person said they heard when what they actually heard was something different.” When there is a disconnect between visual […]

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