An Entrepreneurial Religion?

Ries is, at every turn, mea­sured and ratio­nal in this book. But his over­all style tru­ly suc­ceeds in mak­ing the read­er feel that the heavy weight of the sta­tus quo of big com­pa­nies can be light­ened as those man­ag­ing those com­pa­nies become more enlight­ened. Were the world to believe in entre­pre­neur­ship as deeply as some believe in tra­di­tion­al reli­gions, it’s just pos­si­ble that this new year could change jobs and com­pa­nies, peo­ple and soci­eties, lead­ers and fol­low­ers.

Revolution In The Air

So we must be care­ful. We must be care­ful that our human­i­ty is not swamped by the dig­i­tal rev­o­lu­tion. I thought, maybe we should need a char­ter for human­i­ty that peo­ple can hang onto as they organ­ise their cor­po­ra­tions. And I thought, that’s not enough. Actu­al­ly, we need a cul­tur­al rev­o­lu­tion. We need to rethink how busi­ness­es, par­tic­u­lar­ly, but all organ­i­sa­tions are actu­al­ly run. And why they are run. And what is the pur­pose of busi­ness.” (Charles Handy)

Think Global, Innovate Local

Glob­al needs. I find very few who are will­ing to view their own busi­ness­es via that unique lens. And while there are com­pa­nies ded­i­cat­ed to such a point of view, not that many cor­po­ra­tions are will­ing to think along these lines.

The Future of Driving Is Electric

The notion of get­ting out in front of change and using it as a cat­a­lyst for reori­ent­ing, first, your com­pa­ny and, even­tu­al­ly, an entire indus­try may seem daunt­ing, but it is absolute­ly essen­tial to lead­er­ship.

New Next Now (Trends for August 2017)

Sav­ing the world, one video game at a time. Sound unbe­liev­able? Accord­ing to Rachel Ament from NPR sev­er­al indie game devel­op­ers are hop­ing to do just that. And yet, Ament right­ly asks: “Does the impact of these ‘games for good’ rever­ber­ate off-screen?”

New Next Now (Trends for July 2017)

So, what is the city’s game plan? Already, Dubai has made a $14 bil­lion invest­ment to estab­lish a 5,000-megawatt solar pan­el net­work that will pro­vide 25 per­cent of the city’s need­ed elec­tric­i­ty, says Blum. City lead­ers are also active­ly imag­in­ing a future defined by inno­va­tion: bio-desal­i­­na­­tion, robot­i­cal­ly main­tained indoor farms, even fly­ing cars. Min­is­ter of Cab­i­net Affairs Moham­mad Al Ger­gawi frames Dubai’s vision: “We need to think faster, and we need to rein­vent every sin­gle prod­uct.”

Are humans really necessary?

The advent of more tech­nol­o­gy will mean that every busi­ness will have to go through some stormy weath­er. As we move to new tech­no­log­i­cal plat­forms, the jour­ney will test the strength of lead­er­ship wis­dom and resolve. My advice? Make sure you don’t leave behind the umbrel­la of human learn­ing.

Pareto On Steroids

Pareto On Steroids

All the tech­nol­o­gy under the sun will not pro­duce pos­i­tive effects in and of itself. Tech­nol­o­gy needs to be accom­pa­nied first by an uncom­pro­mis­ing growth mind­set, one com­mit­ted to the con­tin­u­ous search for cus­tomer val­ue based growth oppor­tu­ni­ties. Then, tech­nol­o­gy needs a spe­cial kind of fuel to super­charge its poten­tial: the human imag­i­na­tion, which allows for a spec­trum of out­comes giv­en the nature and cir­cum­stances of the con­text.

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Leaders Take Imaginative Leaps

Leaders Take Imaginative Leaps

So, every­thing at Net­flix is per­fect, right? Time to sit back and just let the riv­er of prof­its flow, right? Wor­ry about the future of Net­flix? Waste of time. Its future is guar­an­teed. Right? For­get all that. Lead­ers are always think­ing about the future. It’s their #1 job to be able to answer (or, at least, try to answer) the core ques­tion: What’s next?

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Learn more. Dream more. Give more. Grow more.

Learn more. Dream more. Give more. Grow more.

Most peo­ple yearn to con­tribute, make the world a bet­ter place and have suc­cess… all at the same time.… Make sure to give your busi­ness a back­ground, a mis­sion and a sto­ry. That might be the most impor­tant step part of any ven­ture. And remem­ber, giv­ing may be the best invest­ment you ever make.” (Blake Mycoskie)

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The Kinetic Entrepreneur

The Kinetic Entrepreneur

In archi­tec­ture, the most overused word today seems to be “icon­ic”. In busi­ness, the word is “entre­pre­neur”. That’s not sim­ply because a Google search of the word yields 217 mil­lion results. I say that because I have heard the word simul­ta­ne­ous­ly applied to peo­ple such as Steve Jobs and Elon Musk, peo­ple who invest dol­lars in a pre-pack­­aged “start­up” (such as a new sand­wich shop) and peo­ple engaged in a lean start­up inside Gen­er­al Elec­tric or some oth­er major, estab­lished cor­po­ra­tion.

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New Next Now (October 2016)

New Next Now (October 2016)

A new break­through in micro­ro­bot­ics might just change the way we take our med­i­cine, reports Lyn­da Delacey (@LJDelacy) for @nwtls. Sci­en­tists at the Daegu Gyeong­buk Insti­tute of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­o­gy (DGIST) in South Korea have devel­oped micro­scop­ic robots that can enter the blood­stream and admin­is­ter med­i­cines to pre­cise areas of the body with lit­tle or no side effects.

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