Recession Duress? Work Smarter, Not Harder

Recessions suck. Layoffs suck. And for the “lucky ones” who sustain employment amidst downsizing? Life can suck for them, too.

Being a New Yorker, I’ve talked recently with many of the latter, lucky ones – from industries like media, advertising, banking and the arts.… Read the rest

Passion Flight

Passion is at once one of the most influential, misunderstood and undervalued factors that determine business success. I believe strongly in passion for a host of reasons, including its connection to purpose and competitive advantage.

Passion is not addressed often enough in formal business, which is why I was delighted to read John Hagel’s latest think piece on the subject.… Read the rest

Bottoms-Up Innovation (Video)

I recently had a fascinating breakfast discussion with my friend Peter Semmelhack, founder and CEO of Bug Labs, on the decay of apprenticeships and grassroots innovation. We were lucky to feature Peter at Clickable’s Interesting Cafe last week, where he led a discussion on open-source hardware and “bottoms-up innovation”.… Read the rest

Be On Purpose

Luke Skywalker
Ever heard of the importance of being on time? Well, it’s perhaps more important to be on purpose.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a one-on-one meeting, a presentation, a formal event, a passive observation or even a nap. Time and attention are scarce and their allocation can have compounding impact — positively or negatively.… Read the rest