I’ve irked more than a few people over the years sharing my views on innovation. Specifically, that if we could simply remove our “industry blinders” that prevent us from seeing the world untainted by our experiences and built-up perspectives, disruption shouldn’t occur—i.e., that all innovation builds on prior innovations. It doesn’t drop from out of nowhere, like a meteor. I never had a good way of explaining my thoughts of
As the queen of the one-pager, it’s no wonder I am totally in love with this book—every two-page spread covers a strategic model to help frame your problem and your thinking. I know, right? How cool is that?! Not all the models are equally useful, but each serves an important job: they inspire you to act—to rally the team, gather around a whiteboard, and get going on ideating and problem-solving.
Like becoming a parent, there are no requirements or required education to becoming a startup founder. In both cases, the job starts with a “seed”—in the case of the startup, a good idea—that grows. Lack of preparedness leaves a lot of newbies in the lurch—how does one do the basics of baby raising or business building? I can’t speak to baby raising but I do a lot of business building
A fascinating journey into the hidden psychological influences that derail our decision-making, Sway will change the way you think about the way you think. Organizational expert Ori Brafman and his brother, psychologist Rom Brafman, marry organizational behavior, social psychology, and behavioral economics to help us understand the irrational thinking that plagues us all. Sway is a delightful, easy read. The authors make their point through the heavy use of research,
The name is a bit of a misnomer, the book is less about the art of choice and more about the psychology of choice brought to life through her many experiments—particularly related to consumer choice. Iyengar is the researcher behind the famous jam study, in which shoppers could sample either 6 or 24 different varieties of jam at a grocery store, which led to six times more purchases when fewer
The right book in the right child’s hand has the power to transform that child forever. I imagine, in time, If You Look Up to the Sky by Angela Dalton will transform thousands, if not millions of children’s lives. This is a book for all to love, but it is especially a book for girls of color to love. The story, inspired by Dalton’s own life and experiences, is about
As I was doing low rows at the gym this morning, I noticed two Somali women enter the personal training area. They were covered head to toe—one wearing a bomber jacket and skirt to the floor; the other in pants under a mid-length skirt with a long-sleeve shirt and bulky athletic jacket on top. Of course, their heads were entirely covered except for their fresh, young faces. I was both
A Different Pond is a quiet book and a simple, gentle story about an urban fishing trip for a boy and his dad before daybreak. It’s a love letter to a father, a celebration of family and Vietnamese culture, and a sneak peek into the immigrant experience through the eyes of a child. But it’s so much more than that. A Different Pond is a work of beauty and a
I have a hard and fast book rule: engage fast and deliver the goods. I like quality. And I know it when I read it. If a book doesn’t cut the mustard in quality or engagement value in the first 50-75 pages, I quietly close it, return it to the library or tuck it inside my neighbor’s Little Library hoping that the author’s beloved art will connect with another reader.
For decades business school curriculum has included the study of stakeholders. Stakeholder [steyk-hohl-der]: A person, group or organization that has interest or concern in an organization. Stakeholders can affect or be affected by the organization's actions, objectives and policies. Some examples of key stakeholders are creditors, directors, employees, government (and its agencies), owners (shareholders), suppliers, unions, and the community from which the business draws its resources. Typically, students are trained