Mangled By Attention Spangles

Many today do not have an exten­sive atten­tion span. Instead, they have “atten­tion span­gles”. Their atten­tion span is as small as a sequin, some­times glit­ter­ing with bril­liance but, in the main, only a brief reflec­tion of some­one else’s...

Turning Entrepreneurship Upside Down

New­ton Cam­pos, a good friend who lives in São Paulo, Brazil, is one of those rare peo­ple who is at home in both the busi­ness world and acad­e­me. He’s exec­u­tive vice-direc­tor of the Pri­vate Equi­ty and Ven­ture Cap­i­tal Research Cen­ter at FGV-SP — and...

Intimidated? Terrified? Prepared?

You can get there from here. I’m speak­ing of the future, which many man­agers and lead­ers I meet seem to con­sid­er far more of a threat than an oppor­tu­ni­ty. There’s a rea­son for that.  Any ath­lete, artist, health provider, politi­cian...

Eat Problems For Breakfast

“Expect prob­lems,” said the essay­ist Alfred A. Mon­ta­pert, “and eat them for break­fast.” That makes total sense to any­one involved in nextsens­ing. In my con­ver­sa­tions with MBA stu­dents and cor­po­rate clients alike, one ques­tion pops up repeat­ed­ly: “How...

How To Handle Rejection

You don't have to be at the top to be lonely. Pioneers with new ideas know the feeling, too. These thoughts came to mind after reading Patrick Allan's (@mr_patrickallan) keen observations on a Lifehacker blog. On one post, he discusses "Build Your Creative Resilience...

Focus-not-us Is A New Problem

Are you suf­fer­ing from focus-not-us? Hocus-pocus hap­pens when words are used in a mean­ing­less way, usu­al­ly as part of a trick. “Focus-not-us” is my own phrase for a phe­nom­e­non I have observed in the read­ing and think­ing habits of many...

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