Good News for the Economy: Teen Entrepreneurs

I was recently asked to be a judge for a Business Plan Contest for High School students who enrolled in a business startup bootcamp.  The kids were recommended to this training program by their business education teachers.  There were seven contestants in the competition from four high schools.  They were competing for a $3000 prize to be used for funding their…

Impact of Distance on Brainstorming during Negotiations

I came across this posting on GIGAOM (http://www.gigaom.com) by Jessica Stillman while researching tools for facilitating brainstorming in an upcoming long-distance negotiation I’m going to be involved with:  http://gigaom.com/collaboration/better-at-a-distance-negotiation-and-brainstorming/    Interesting research results that I thought were worth sharing.  If you have any experience or ideas for facilitating collaboration in long-distance negotiations, please jump in and share your story.…

A cool company you probably never heard of

I learned about this company on an episode of “Modern Marvels” on the Discovery Channel.  The company is ELM (Environmental Lubricants Manufacturing) in Grundy Center, Iowa.  Here is a link to their website: http://www.elmusa.com/.  ELM manufactures industrial lubricants from vegetable oils.  Their products are renewable, biodegradable and are derived from crops grown here in the USA.  Very cool.…

Everyone should bookmark this site: TED

You have probably heard about the TED conferences in the media. If you haven’t done so already, go to: http://www.ted.com/ If you need a dose of inspiration, creativity or leading-edge-thinking to kick-start your day, this is THE online source.  Loaded with video presentations of Cool Stories and Cool Ideas by Cool People with diverse backgrounds and expertise.  Do it now.…

Building Better Mousetraps….Some Interesting Attempts

In recent conversations with a couple of budding inventors, both used the cliche about building a better mousetrap during our chat.  I got to thinking about the derivation and meaning of the cliche.  While researching the origins of the cliche, I came across some websites showing interesting and humorous attempts to literally do just that:  “Build a…

Telling It Like It Is

I really enjoy the books of Bob Sutton and his Blog: http://bobsutton.typepad.com/ He tells it like it is and backs it up with really interesting research. For instance, take a minute and go over to his blog and read his post entitled: Is Your Future Boss Horrible? 10 Point Reference Check It’s a collaborative piece…

Managing Transitions

I recently re-read one of my favorite leadership thinking books: Managing Transitions: Making The Most of Change by William Bridges. It’s a quick, easy and thought-provoking read…great for a NY to LA plane ride. Opening sentences from Chapter 1: “It isn’t the changes that do you in, it’s the transitions. They aren’t the same thing.”…

The Man in the Arena – Inspiration from Teddy Roosevelt

This is one of my favorite inspirational quotes from history. It was delivered by Teddy Roosevelt in 1910. There is much more to the actual speech but this is the most remembered section. Even today Roosevelt would have to be considered a leading edge thinker. Excerpt from the speech “Citizenship In A Republic”, delivered at…

Social Networking Analysis by Valdis Krebs

If you are serious about understanding the impact of social networks, you need to learn about the work of Valdis Krebs. I first learned of his work from a presentation done for the Strategic Management Association in Chicago a number of years ago. My view, at that time, and still is, is that he is…