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SEP Named A 2021 Best Places to Work in Indiana Company

I ran across Chunka Mui (well, his writing, anyway) when looking into autonomous cars recently; he has a 7 part article on how disruptive autonomous cars like the Google car will be, to all kinds of industries: ERs, insurance,…
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Disruptive Innovation in 19 Not-So-Easy Steps

I ran across Chunka Mui (well, his writing, anyway) when looking into autonomous cars recently; he has a 7 part article on how disruptive autonomous cars like the Google car will be, to all kinds of industries: ERs, insurance, real estate and others. His ideas are very similar to the Lean Startup protocol, so I thought you […]
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Big Win for Iterative Development

Team Oracle won the America’s Cup [yacht] race for America in one of those thrilling close victories that only come along once in a quarter century. Read about it here and here. They were down 8 to 1 in September, and the Kiwis (New Zealand’s Emirates team) were looking unstoppable, with only one win needed […]
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Failure is Part of Success

I did my tenth Toastmasters speech today which fulfill the requirements for a Competent Communicator Award Here is the speech: “Thomas Edison once said, I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. What he is referring to is a cost effective Electric light bulb. He tried 10,000 times to make it […]
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3 Hard Steps on How to Fail (you probably can’t do them)

I have many friends who cannot help but win. Everything they do seems to blossom, and sometimes I wonder if they might not be descended from King Midas in some ethereal way. Here’s how to prevent yourself from being another victim of Pervasive Success™. 1. Avoid things you’re good at Being good at something takes […]
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To Fail or Not to Fail

If you’ve been on this planet longer than a few minutes, then you know how to actively fail. A baby learning that he can control that thing on the end of his arm and scratching his forehead open with those paper thin fingernails. The teenager who rebels against her parents, just to regret it later […]
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How to Fail Creatively

Every so often I find myself having designer’s block. The inspiration is just not there and my creative magic has been depleted. When faced with this block in the past, I would blindly  throw things against the wall and see what sticks. Often times the result is either off mark, ugly, or unoriginal. So I repeat […]
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How To Fail At Technical Leadership

Most people in technical leadership got there because they demonstrated excellence doing technical things. Unfortunately, technical leadership is a completely different job. It can certainly be learned, but some lessons are typically learned the hard way. Here are some ways to make that transition badly: Don’t provide structure You were their teammate. Now you’re their […]
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“How to fail” – by avoiding failure…

Why do we, as humans, keep doing the same thing over and over again?  Albert Einstein would call that, insanity. Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. – Albert Einstein The most common way that I see people failing, is by trying to avoid failure. By avoid, I mean […]
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Failure behind a curtain helps performers to shine in the spotlight

In any profession involving performance (like music or sports), the professionals practice out of sight of their audience. They practice to get better. They push their limits and try things they’ve never tried before. When they try those things for the first time, they suck! The football player misses the catch trying out that new […]
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