Masters of Life or Ministers of the Design Established by the Creator?

Here’s a rhetorical question – How much intellectual heft do you have behind your position on controversial issues in our society? I was looking for a document called Humanae Vitae which delivers the “why” behind the Catholic Church’s position on the abortion issue. In the process, I found an article written today with the title […]

How do you start being a Thought Leader?

Here’s a glimpse into what Thought Leadership looks like in action (based on my involvement with Alan Weiss, a Thought Leader if there ever was one). This glimpse is from an email sent to a group of participants in an experience I produce for the commercial construction industry called the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Assured […]

Employees Alone Together

The Wall Street Journal ran an article on virtual workers and the teams they formed. The introduction described a virtual team conference and cocktail hour consisting of team members distributed all around the country. They all had webcams and could see each other. This trend will continue. It is inevitable. Many firms have become more […]

An Interesting Wrinkle

The U.S. Post Office’s focus on attracting more advertisers to use standard mail to increase the advertiser’s website traffic is interesting. This is the best attempt at innovation I’ve seen from this government entity that is currently bleeding over 8 billion dollars a year of OUR money. How many of us would benefit from this type of […]

People Build Buildings, That’s Why Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Makes Sense

We all know people build buildings, not software or work processes. Why, then, is the industry primarily focused on developing software tools such as building information modeling (BIM) and adapting work processes such as lean building (LEAN) to enable team members to work together more effectively? BIM and LEAN are important, but will they change […]

Leadership Lessons From Burning Man

This is an article worth contemplating in the 8/25/11 Fast Company Newsletter. What’s being described in the article is a collaborative environment. In Daniel Pink’s book, Drive, he says, creative people simply want the latitude (autonomy), as well as the opportunity to do something really well (mastery) and the opportunity to be part of something greater than […]

How Good is Your Crystal Ball?

As you’ve heard many times, the only sure thing is change. The tiny desert nation of Qatar wins the right to host the 2022 World Cup of Soccer, most people will soon keep their data and software applications on some cloud “up there,” wherever that is… and now nations are making land grabs in the Arctic because […]

1st web page 20 years ago today….

What would we do without instant news in the palm of our hands, online shopping and Linked-In? August 6th, 1991, the world wide web was born. Think about how it has impacted our lives in 20 years. It’s amazing to think about its impact in another 20.

My recent article for WEALTH Magazine

Why Sharing Is the New Normal for Business (edited for a general audience) In just the past few years, collaboration has evolved from a competitive advantage to a necessity.We consumers are demanding more certainty when we buy something. Social media-driven technology, combined with increased expectations about certainty, has begun to monetize trust. Tying these two […]

An Additional Way to Look at Reality

I’m reading an article in Fast Company about Ryan Trecartin, the first art genius of the YouTube age. Two of his comments are intriguing: 1. … And he prefers to hear about books rather than read them. “I’m more interested in the response than the source. I’m interested in the interaction.” 2. “We know all […]

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