My thoughts for today appear as a guest post on the web­site of Deb Mills-Scofield [link to her site]. I am hon­oured to present my thoughts to her many read­ers!

Some his­to­ry: I began col­lab­o­rat­ing with Deb in my work on the IE Brown Exec­u­tive MBA, an inno­v­a­tive pro­gram cre­at­ed by IE Busi­ness School and Brown Uni­ver­si­ty to com­bine busi­ness acu­men and the lib­er­al arts to trans­form the learn­ing expe­ri­ences of exec­u­tives. In her role as Vis­it­ing Schol­ar at Brown Uni­ver­si­ty, Deb has con­tributed great­ly to our work to devel­op entre­pre­neur­ial-mind­ed lead­ers. From this spark, our col­lab­o­ra­tion has con­tin­ued to grow.

Deb Mills-ScofieldThere are many rea­sons why you might con­sid­er fol­low­ing Deb (@dscofield) on Twit­ter. She has her own con­sul­tan­cy focussed on help­ing organ­i­sa­tions estab­lish a path for growth that cre­ates action­able, adapt­able, mea­sur­able and prof­itable inno­va­tion-based strate­gic plans. In her “spare time”, Deb men­tors entre­pre­neurs in NE Ohio and at Brown University’s Entre­pre­neur­ship Pro­gram, Brown’s Women’s Launch Pad Pro­gram and Brown Stu­dents’ star­tups. She is also on the Advi­so­ry Coun­cil for the School of Engi­neer­ing at Brown. She teach­es Busi­ness Mod­el Inno­va­tion at Ober­lin Col­lege and men­tors stu­dents apply­ing for Oberlin’s Entre­pre­neur­ship Fel­low­ship.

She also has taught at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Pittsburgh’s Katz School of Busi­ness, CWRU’s Weath­er­head School of Man­age­ment and Van­der­bilt Uni­ver­si­ty. She’s an Advi­so­ry Board Mem­ber at CWRU’s think

and start­ed the month­ly “Inno­va­tion Salon Series” and bi-annu­al Inno­va­tion Sum­mit at Bald­win-Wal­lace College’s Cen­ter for Inno­va­tion and Growth. More­over, Deb micro-vol­un­teers at Sparked.com.

When Deb asked me to post a guest blog, I thought about some very insight­ful words she wrote for HBR toward the end of last year in a post titled “Hope Is A Strat­e­gy (Well, Sort Of)”: “Hope is a crit­i­cal part of achiev­ing a strat­e­gy when based on what is pos­si­ble; per­haps not high­ly prob­a­ble, but pos­si­ble. Hope is the belief that some­thing is pos­si­ble and prob­a­ble, and the recog­ni­tion that the degree of each is not nec­es­sar­i­ly equal.”

Those words, and that arti­cle, moti­vat­ed me to add my own thoughts about the crit­i­cal role of hope and aspi­ra­tion in get­ting to next. My new post, on her site, is titled “Nextsens­ing: Aspire and Ye Shall Find”. Read on.

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