On Organizational Leadership: The First Rule

You cannot prevent a major catastrophe, but you can build an organization that is battle-ready, that has high morale, that knows how to behave, that trusts itself, and where people trust one another.  In military training, the first rule is to instill soldiers with trust in their officers, because without trust they won't fight. ~ … Continue reading On Organizational Leadership: The First Rule

Ideas vs. Innovation

In the March 2013 issue of Entrepreneur magazine, Krisztina "Z" Holly, founding executive director of the USC Stevens Center for Innovation and MIT's Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation said, "Big ideas are just that - ideas - until you execute." New ideas are a dime a dozen, Holly says, the real test is scaling your … Continue reading Ideas vs. Innovation

On Innovation: Doing What Others Say Can’t Be Done

I recently read an interesting article in Entrepreneur magazine discussing a theory of innovation by Gregory Berns, author of Iconoclast and a neuroscientist at Emory University in Atlanta. Berns argues that innovation occurs in brains that are adept at not just creative insights, but also at overriding the fears that come along with them - … Continue reading On Innovation: Doing What Others Say Can’t Be Done