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In Our Own Way

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

I have been struck recently how often the challenges we face in our work and lives are self created.  In essence, we are in our own way. ..

The Cobbler: Barefoot No More!

Monday, September 18, 2017


The kitchen table of innovation

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The heartbeat of a home is usually the kitchen table. It is where people gather around for meals, homework, coffee. It draws people in and it invites conversation.  I have noticed that, just like a kitchen table is the pulse of a home, most innovation studios that are flowing have a similar gathering spot for their designers and staff.  One design leader I know told me it is the absolutely first thing she does when she  moves into a new studio--to put a table in a central spot that invites pausing, conversation, sharing of ideas and meals. Innovation requires that random collisions occur and diverse perspectives intersect.   An inviting table in a central location can help those collisions and intersections to happen.  Sometimes the simplest of things can make a huge impact.  ..

Innovation is rose colored

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

As a child, my parents would say "Cindy you wear rose colored glasses."  It was meant as a compliment and a commentary on how naive I was, not seeing the world for its bumps and bruises.  ..


Friday, February 28, 2014
Are you and your people fully engaged?  A typical reaction is "YES" but in reality many of us are not. If you are multitasking, you may be busy, but you are not fully engaged. ..

Your Genius is Needed

Friday, October 18, 2013

It is an uncomfortable thought for many to think "your genius is needed."  And yet, it is.  We only use 10% of our brains and yet we have massive problems facing our country, our businesses, our lives--you name it.  Can we really expect more out of ourselves?    ..

Meeting vs. doing

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

How much time do you spend in meetings? ..

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