Be What You Aspire to Be


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Entrepreneurs live in the future. If you expect to innovate and grow, you have to. But if you’re growing a business, the vast majority of your time is likely spent on countless tedious tasks in the present. So, how do you keep your eye on those aspirations of growth while you’re up to your eyebrows in the day-to-day details?

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January 05, 2015 - 04:05 am

Four Easy Ways to Create or Crush an Innovation Culture

Image: Micheal Connors

Image: Micheal Connors

There’s a viral video that makes it’s way around this time of year in which Star Trek’s Captain Picard repeats his trademark command, “Make it so.” (A play on the holiday jingle “Let it Snow.”)

We’d all like to lead like Picard, but in the real world it’s not that easy, especially when it comes to innovation. Still, I’ve heard founders repeatedly say, “I want to build a culture of innovation. Can you come in next week and put one in place?” Inevitably that points to a classic problem that I call “The Founder’s Dilemma.”

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December 07, 2014 - 09:09 pm

7 Ways to Present in the Nude

nudeHave you heard this staple of public speaking advice?

“Pretend the audience is in their underwear.”

Decades ago when I was starting my speaking career that was the advice I got. It didn’t help, not one bit.

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November 25, 2014 - 08:52 pm

The End of History? Not this time.

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Each generation sees itself as the pinnacle of civilization. Their model of the world, their science, their society, are always the best there can be.

We are no different.

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June 25, 2014 - 08:07 pm

The Gravity of the Future

What can we say for certain about the future? Only that it will be stranger than anything we can dream of. Here’s an analogy to help understand why.




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August 24, 2013 - 04:51 pm

Remembering my Friend Rick a Mustang and What it Was Like to Really be Free

A friend once told me” life is just a collection of stories that we will someday tell about each other. So make good memories to tell good stories.”

Thirty Five years ago I hopped into a old beat up Mustang with Rick, one of my high school friends, and set out to drive the East coast from Boston to Key West. Of all the things I’ve done and accomplished in my life it is still one of the most memorable adventures I’ve ever had.
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July 24, 2013 - 05:09 pm

The End of My Life in Two Worlds: A Slightly Different Perspective on Google Glass

The End of My Life in Two Worlds

A Slightly Different Perspective on the Long-term Impact of Google Glass

 “This amounts to the sudden and complete abolition of human privacy — forever.” (attribution at the end of this article)

At least 2 billion of planet earth’s inhabitants live in two worlds; the three dimensional offline world of things that we can see, hear, touch, smell and taste and the online world, represented in two dimensions on the always-too-small screens of our desktops, laptops, tablets, and smart phones. 

You and I thrash back and forth between these two worlds, trying desperately to integrate one into the other. For us it’s a zero-sum game. 

For Gen Z, the children of today’s children, there will be no separation between these two worlds. They will not see the two in competition. Far from zero-sum, to them the integration of offline and online will multiply the potential opportunities to live, work and play. Gen Z begins on the day every last human is somehow connected and the last day that the distinction between these two worlds exists.

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April 18, 2013 - 04:05 pm

A Witness to Courage

In the last week we have all been witnesses to the worst and the best of humanity.

Last night I watched the candlelight vigil held in Dorchester, hometown of eight year-old Martin Richard who was one of the three young people killed in Monday’s attacks. Martin had just celebrating his father’s finishing the Boston Marathon. A moment of supreme triumph turned tragic in the blink of an eye.

As I listened to the people who had gathered the same question came up over and over, “How do I talk to my children about what happened?” It is the question we asked after Columbine, 9-11, Oklahoma City, Newtown and so many other senseless acts of violence.
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March 28, 2013 - 04:30 pm

Have I got a deal for you!

The greatest impact of the Internet has been the evolution of community. We are more connected than ever to the people, places, ideas and things that we want to be part of our lives.

However, this digital connectivity has been slow to find its way into our analog lives. A prime example is the huge disconnect between online shopping and the traditional store-based experience. Although we see the two as being in conflict, the realty is that what’s missing is the connection between the two.

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March 21, 2013 - 02:13 pm

An Example for us all and a Sad Goodbye

I lost a very dear friend this week, and the industry lost a wonderfully articulate thought leader and spokesperson for knowledge management, and the critical importance of the human side of technology.

I was lucky enough to know and to work with Carl Frappaolo for three decades. He was a person who glowed with the most contagious sort of passion and enthusiasm; a charisma that once experienced could never be forgotten. Carl was a bigger than life persona. Fearless in the challenges he took on and unapologetically authentic. Let’s put it this way, Carl was the only person I had ever known who was accused of being drunk and thrown out of a bar when all he had to drink was diet coke. He lived life the way we are all supposed to, without excuses and without regrets.

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