Mashed Up Thinking

  I’m steering this blog in a new direction. The focus of the blog is still about generating and sharing new ideas. I’m a fan of quotes, advice, and yes, even some cliches. I’m going to be taking what I consider to be the “best of” in terms of those types of content and mashing…

The Internet and the Chicago Auto Show

My son and I went to the Chicago Auto Show  (http://www.chicagoautoshow.com/default.aspx).  We are car buffs and this is an annual pilgrimage for us.  It’s a great event.  According to the show’s producers it’s the nation’s largest auto show.  I believe it because the place is always mobbed with attendees. On the ride home from the show…

Taking the Scrap Metal business mobile

In doing research for a project on mobile applications used in the recycling industry, I came across some interesting sites.  In the case of these links, they are specific to the metal recycling business.  Interesting apps developed for a big industry most people never think about. The first is a video about a mobile application by iScrap: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-kc75sf53I Here’s the…

A Current Hot Topic: Big Data

A friend of mine asked me the other day if I could point him to some overviews I would recommend about the concept of “Big Data”.    Here are two of my favorites: From McKinsey (by  Brad Brown, Michael Chui, and James Manyika ):                        :  http://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/Are_you_ready_for_the_era_of_big_data_2864 From Kevin Appleby: http://kevinappleby.co.uk/a-useful-overview-of-big-data%20-%2039/ Thought they were worth passing along to…

Change Leadership

With the frequency and speed of changes that we deal with in business today, I’m always looking for ideas and thoughts on the various aspects of  leading change.  Here are some interesting links and articles I’ve come across recently: From Forbes and contributor John Kotter: http://www.forbes.com/sites/johnkotter/2011/07/12/change-management-vs-change-leadership-whats-the-difference/ I really like Kotter’s idea of differentiating between Change Management…

Learning from Military History

Those of you who follow my posts know I am interested in Military History and how its lessons can be applied to Modern Day Business.   In my ongoing search for new sources of military history information I came across this page: http://www.military-quotes.com/funny-quotes.htm Good fun….and at the same time very throught provoking. Take Care and………….Have a Great…

Hallelujah…some bipartisan Congressional progress: HR 2930

To fuel job creation, we need to help new, startup businesses get funding.  One of the innovative ways for early stage businesses to get funding is through Crowdfunding. To illustrate how it works, here is a story of what and how crowdfunding is used from the Think Vitamin website: http://thinkvitamin.com/web-industry/how-to-crowdfund-your-startup/ Here are some links to sites of some of the more…

Connecting Dots on the Future of Employment

With all the news stories about the horrible state of employment at the moment, I’m always surprised that people who complain about the state of the job market have not connected some dots over the past seven years.  So here are a few dots and how I connect them: Let’s jump into the “Way-Back” Machine and take a trip back…

Unintended Outcomes

Having been the beneficiary of a positive unintended outcome of an investment action I recently took, after great research and planning where I thought I identified all the possible outcomes, it got me thinking about how frequently in business there are unintended consequences to our best laid plans. So off into the web-ether I ventured…