3D Spark

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One of the smartest people I worked with during my time on the board of New Zealand Telecom – now Spark – was Rod Snodgrass. Now CEO of Spark Ventures, Rod recently wrote a think piece for Accenture about the three D’s – digital, disruption and design – in relation to telecommunications. I’ve covered it…

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In the Penal Colony: This Way Out (part 3 of 3)

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Last week I wrote about the launch of The Marshall Project, a new not-for-profit, non-partisan journalism outlet that aims to jumpstart the conversation around our nation’s criminal justice system. In this third and final post in a series about the failings of America’s “prison-industrial system,” I’d like to shine a light on other, laudatory efforts…

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Cleese On Life

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Monty Python’s influence on British popular culture is inarguable. Ask anyone who has lived through the heyday of the 70s about the sharp and witty band of comedians and you’ll get a quip straight out of one of their infamous sketches. John Cleese was hilarious. He’s every bit the British comedy icon today as he…

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Competency and Charism

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The ‘Red Bull’ of management thinkers, Tom Peters, said that leaders don’t create more followers, they create more leaders. And he’s right. There is no point having inspirational performance and flare if you can’t be effective and reliable. Leadership is entering a new age, and a recent article in the Financial Times by Herminia Ibarra…

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Speaking of Looking

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We live in a visual age. I wrote a post last year about how aesthetics rule, and that humans are visual thinkers first and foremost: we remember 80% of what we see compared with just 20% of what we read. And, thanks in large part to democratization of design, visual literacy has never been higher….

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In the Penal Colony: The Marshall Project (part two of three)

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In a post last week I described America’s prison-industrial complex and provided some unsettling facts about the explosive growth of our nation’s incarcerated populations. In this post, I’d like to turn our attention to some phenomenal work being done by a newly launched journalism outlet to help make the criminal justice system and prison sentencing…

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“The New Watching”

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“Is YouTube the new television?” asked Jonathan Ford the FT’s chief writer in a recent article. Well, sometimes certain questions answer themselves just by being asked. In just shy of a decade, Ford suggests that YouTube — which accounts for more than half of all online viewing and digital advertising worldwide — “has steadily morphed…

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Storytelling Comforts

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A great deal of our lifetime revolves around stories. We tell, listen to, write, read, act out and watch them. Sometimes we tell the same stories over and over again (author Christopher Booker argues there are seven basic plots that recur throughout every kind of story). I often quote futurist Rolf Jensen: “The highest paid…

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Sister Marie

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Here’s a lift-me-up to start the week, courtesy of Milano Reyna, Saatchi & Saatchi’s joyful Global Chief HR-Talent Officer. His son Christoph goes to Holy Spirit School in Pequannock Township, NJ, where the first nun Sr. Marie Antonelli is also the President of the school, CFO, COO and Chief Talent Officer, plus spokesperson for good…

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Cracking Up

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Most of us feel better when we laugh. Crack a joke and you’ll find that a difficult or awkward situation suddenly feels a bit lighter and easier. But there’s a lot about laughter you may not know. Neuroscientist and part time stand-up comic Professor Sophie Scott reveals some of these things in an article on…

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Where Do You Spend For Innovation?

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What drives innovation success? That’s the question asked by Strategy &’s annual Global Innovation 1000. Started in 2005, the study looks at the relationship between R&D spend and overall financial performance, and has so far found “no statistically significant relationship between the two”. The top ten innovators (Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Samsung, Tesla, 3M, GE,…

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Leading the Life You Want

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Image Source: I.ytimg.com  / totalleadership.org I’ve been a fan of Bruce Springsteen since the beginning. I’m also a firm believer in work-life integration. The two collide in a new book, Leading the Life You Want by Stewart Friedman, the founding director of the Wharton Leadership Program and Wharton’s Work/Life Integration Project. It seems The Boss has much to…

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In the Penal Colony (Part 1)

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I’ve written from time to time about a societal failing that results significantly from a lack of education, poor parenting, unemployment, poverty and institutional racism. This is the “prison-industrial system”. In Franz Kafka’s short story, “In the Penal Colony,” an unnamed narrator observes a process that’s a kind of dark parody of justice. In that…

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Share Me a Story

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Image source: exblog.jp | howdidyougetthere. wordpress.com  | londonscreenwritersfestival.com (Joseph Campbell left, Robert McKee middle, Christopher Booker right) Having spent my professional life navigating between hard process and soft creative, I long ago came to the conclusion that the stories that companies tell and share are equal to if not more so than the actual product. People need…

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