Category Archives: failure

What you can learn from my (first) startup failure…

In 1995, I had an idea. Internet Telephony had just started. Internet connection was available only through dial-up modems, and not all the time. Voice quality was choppy, delayed, and calls were dropped often. Very few people knew how to use it, and you had to sit by the computer to place those calls using a microphone and speakers. ...

To Succeed You Must Get Really Good at This First

I’d like to tell you a story about how 13 grams of wood and the tears of a 10-year-old changed the way I look at success. Suspending Disbelief When my daughter was six years old I started coaching her in a program called Destination Imagination. It’s a creative problem-solving program that teaches kids how to ...

When Should You Pull the Plug on an Innovation Project?

History skews our perception of possibility. It’s easy to forget that man’s great achievements were mere “mights” for those on the other side of the present. Take the Apollo 11 moon landing. Retold today, that “one giant leap for mankind” was but a series of surefooted steps taken by America’s scientists and engineers. Conquering the ...

Accelerating Innovation Learning Pathways

Having failed to successfully engage, train and retain a few millennials in my global innovation culture consulting, education and coaching business, I hit the proverbial pause button, and asked myself, why isn’t it working out?

The Single Biggest Obstacle to Your Success is…

Unlearning this peculiar behavior is the key to unlocking the potential of your dreams. Entrepreneurship is like climbing Everest; you can make all the excuses you want about not having the skills, the endurance, or the equipment, but many people who have all of these still don’t even make it to base camp. Here’s why. ...

The Agility Shifter: Emerging role for innovation leadership

Coping with disruptive technological change A recent article The global forces inspiring a new narrative of progress in McKinsey Quarterly, it states that “Corporate leaders today need to rethink where and how they compete, and must cooperate in the crafting of a new societal deal that helps individuals cope with disruptive technological change”. The article ...

The Agility Shifter: Emerging role for innovation leadership

Coping with disruptive technological change A recent article The global forces inspiring a new narrative of progress in McKinsey Quarterly, it states that “Corporate leaders today need to rethink where and how they compete, and must cooperate in the crafting of a new societal deal that helps individuals cope with disruptive technological change”. The article ...