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Published on: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Joichi Ito: Creative Cultures and Innovative Networks

Posted By: William Flammé
Filed Under: innovation, william flamme, william flammé, joichi ito
Named by Businessweek as one of the 25 most influential people on the Internet, Joichi Ito believes there is much we can still learn from nature. We are so big and interconnected that what we do no longer has only local impact. The next step in technology use is connected to biology.

The wave of the future in medicine, he stated, is in genetics, and the advances in genetics are going to come from computer people. "Synthetic biology is a lot like computer programming. Codes design a gene sequence for bacteria and they do what they're told," he said. It is efficient and sustainable — but expensive. However, the cost is dropping.


Published on: Monday, September 08, 2014

Why Innovation Requires Salespeople

Posted By: Geoffrey James
Filed Under: innovation, geoffrey james
Last week's New Yorker magazine includes an article by Atul Gawande describing how innovation spreads. While we are accustomed to think of technology as "changing the world," those changes only take place because of, well, salespeople. As Gawande explains:


Published on: Friday, September 05, 2014

Don’t Let Your Head Attack Your Heart

Posted By: Peter Bregman
Filed Under: communication, peter bregman, emotional courage
I had been planning a dinner party for weeks. There were twenty people coming, some family, some friends, to celebrate my wife Eleanor's birthday. I designed a ritual for her: My goal was to create a space where people spoke from their hearts in a way they don’t usually do.

I prepared questions I wanted us to explore together, questions like: What do you feel grateful for in your life? What new things do you feel are struggling to grow and be born in you? What do you want to let go of, so that the new can be born?


Published on: Thursday, September 04, 2014

Sharing For Success: Smashing Data Silos and Breaking Up Fiefdoms

Posted By: Laura Stack
Filed Under: productivity, laura stack, organizational structure
Given the importance of information technology (IT) in the modern business environment, IT terms have inevitably leaked into the common parlance of today's office. For example, "data silos" occur when incompatible systems lack an interface through which they can share data. Databases become isolated from each other, and it becomes increasingly difficult to collect all the data needed to make effective decisions.

Often this becomes institutionalized. Groups within the organization consider themselves isolated entities, with no need or desire to work together. Some even compete for limited resources. Ultimately, productivity stagnates due to lack of cooperation, cross-fertilization of ideas, and jealous guarding of proprietary data. Some departments or teams essentially became their own little fiefdoms, where one has to go hat-in-hand to the leader to make any progress at all.


Published on: Tuesday, September 02, 2014

How to Be Happy (or Miserable) at Work

Posted By: Geoffrey James
Filed Under: employee engagement, geoffrey james
To be consistently happier at work, examine and replace the beliefs that make you miserable. There's no question that bad stuff happens. When a close friend or family member dies, it's appropriate to feel grief. Similarly, good stuff happens. If you suddenly get an unexpected windfall, for example, it's appropriate to feel stoked.

Most of the time, though, the stuff that happens isn't dramatically positive or negative. It's just stuff that happens. Whether you let that stuff make you happy or miserable is entirely dependent upon your beliefs.Everybody has beliefs about what events mean to them. In most cases, however, people assume those beliefs reflect objective reality and are therefore immutable Laws of Nature.


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