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Gregory Esau
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Innovation
And Leadership

This is as good a read as you'll find on both. 
The cofounder of the company that created the world’s first computer-animated feature film lays out a management philosophy for keeping Pixar innovative.
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Cybersecurity

Yes, yes, I know some think of this as an oxymoron. Even so, fresh think is needed. 

Obviously, what we’re doing isn’t working. Rather than doing the same things over and over and expecting different results , we need to fundamentally change our approach. For instance, instead of throwing up our hands because we think hackers are just too smart for us, what if we took the approach of using their perceived strengths against them? Such an approach might begin by looking at the reality of how hackers really behave rather than how we think of them. What we know about them already reveals a lot of information we can use to construct a more aggressive and certainly more effective response.
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1) Remove the incentive to steal by giving everything away for free.

2) Make everything open source and transparent.

3) Use blockchain.
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Well Player, KD, Well Played

The icon mac and cheese changed its ingredients, and how Kraft rolled that out is nothing short of brilliant. More for what they didn't do, than what they did do (eventually). 
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Kraft Heinz recently changed its iconic mac and cheese recipe--and didn't tell anyone. Here's why that was a genius move.
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It's 1915 All Over Again
Except This Time the Car Manufacturer is the Horse And Buggy

What happens to the mass market car sales business model when this 'virtuous' cycle starts to eliminate the need for so many cars. 

I'm beginning to work with local auto dealerships, to get them ahead of this curve. It's an interesting challenge, to say the least. 

Via +Frank Diana 
Each has the potential to reinforce the others and, together, massively disrupt the technology and business of personal mobility.
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I can't remember where, exactly, I read it! Too much source material on the go! :)
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A tidy two minute video explaining corporate culture. Or more broadly, organizational culture. 
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The best piece I've read to date for understanding the case, and the implications. 
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Send me computer please
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Nick Hanauer, and Eric Beinhocker both bring unique intellectual chops to the table in this excellent article. 
What prosperity is, where growth comes from, why markets work
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Open Source/Access Transparency
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Team Dynamics

What's the difference between people that work well together, and those who don't? 
It has nothing to do with the individual smarts, but rather how people treated one another. 

As the researchers studied the groups, however, they noticed two behaviors that all the good teams generally shared. First, on the good teams, members spoke in roughly the same proportion, a phenomenon the researchers referred to as ‘‘equality in distribution of conversational turn-taking.’’ On some teams, everyone spoke during each task; on others, leadership shifted among teammates from assignment to assignment. But in each case, by the end of the day, everyone had spoken roughly the same amount. ‘‘As long as everyone got a chance to talk, the team did well,’’ Woolley said. ‘‘But if only one person or a small group spoke all the time, the collective intelligence declined.’’

Second, the good teams all had high ‘‘average social sensitivity’’ — a fancy way of saying they were skilled at intuiting how others felt based on their tone of voice, their expressions and other nonverbal cues. One of the easiest ways to gauge social sensitivity is to show someone photos of people’s eyes and ask him or her to describe what the people are thinking or feeling — an exam known as the Reading the Mind in the Eyes test. People on the more successful teams in Woolley’s experiment scored above average on the Reading the Mind in the Eyes test. They seemed to know when someone was feeling upset or left out. People on the ineffective teams, in contrast, scored below average. They seemed, as a group, to have less sensitivity toward their colleagues.
New research reveals surprising truths about why some work groups thrive and others falter.
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I really like the connection to Tony Robbins, +Jan van Hammerstien . 
Your experience aligns with mine: if someone is dedicated to really improving team performance, and are well read, and of diverse experience, they'll be able to pull together and synthesize a variety of methodologies for truly engaging teams. 
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Talk Matters
How You Talk, and How you Perceive Others Talk Matters More

This was an eye opener!
We all know what confidence, competence, and authority sound like. Or do we?
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Rules of the Innovation Road
Intelligent Design

Innovation is much more like evolution and natural selection than it is R&D. 
Recently, I've taken to thinking of innovation as evolution plus Intelligence design, as that process that takes ideas that bubble up from native creativity 'in the wild', to that of something that demonstrably moves the needle. 
This has been for centuries much more happenstance than by design, but as innovation researchers continue to pour over the cases of what succeeds, and what doesn't, the process becomes much more elegant in the intelligence of a design approach.  

What that in mind, +Greg Satell lays out nine principles that makes up this process. 
The truth is that there are many paths to innovation. Here are nine of them.
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The Long Wave

This was obvious 20 years ago (I'm not a Marxist, honest!), but I was off on the timing by ten years.
(I at one time harboured a desire to play shorts, but wisely concluded I didn't have the analytics nor the stomach to play that game. Somebody out there does, and will be reaping the rewards soon enough.)

Canada and the world ride the long wave to GDP gloom: Don Pittis - Business - CBC News

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/business/global-canada-gdp-kondratieff-cycle-1.3470714 ---
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In the wake of the 2008 collapse, the booming productive capacity of China and other developing countries prompted resource analysts to crow about the commodities supercycle. Now the world is facing a supercycle of overcapacity.
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Whoaaaa

Did the Fed just add some gonads to its toolkit? 
The U.S. Federal Reserve's newest policymaker and a former point man for the government's bailout of the financial industry on Tuesday called on lawmakers to take radical action to rein in banks and protect taxpayers.
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He's not really 'the Fed', but I do like his message. First article I scanned about him caught my attention especially for a comment about removing this sort of action from politics, or removing politics from the policy. I hope his idea gains prominence.
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  • SmartSwarms Management and Consulting
    Founder, present
    I use the collective intelligence in business environments and networks to "Swarm" problems, create opportunities, to advance businesses and organizations towards continual adaptation.
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    Experience/ Trial and Error, 1959 - 2011
  • mission senior secondary
    1975 - 1977
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