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Six Reasons Projects Fail

1. Poor Planning Lack of Direction: If you are a project manager, someone else’s poor planning can become your problem. It’s not uncommon for vague proposals to be pitched and sold. This failure to define expectations, milestones and desired outcomes often leads to ‘scope-creep.’ Poor Statement of Work (SOW): Definitions enable the ability to effectively … Continue reading


Six Blazingly Obvious Aspects of Human Behavior for Product or Interaction Design

Excerpt From: Wendel, Stephen. “Designing for Behavior Change.” O’Reilly Media, 2013-11-05.  1. Easier really is better The easier something is to do (i.e., the less mental and physical effort required from the perspective of the user), the more likely the user is to do it. Psychologists study these as “channel factors,” behavioral economists talk about … Continue reading

Four Steps to Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

From: “ HOW TO KEEP YOUR RESOLUTIONS  By KATHERINE L. MILKMAN and KEVIN G. VOLPP, January 3, 2014, NY Times     1. Make a concrete plan. When you do so, you both embed your intentions firmly in memory (which reduces forgetting) and make it harder to postpone good behavior, since doing so requires breaking an explicit commitment to … Continue reading

Human Behavior and the Unconscious Mind

extracts from John A. Bargh, Scientific American, (Jan 2014) 32-37 The ability to regulate our own behavior depends on more than genes, temperament, or social support. It also hinges on our capacity to identify and overcome automatic impulses and emotions. “Snap” (subconscious) judgements of others allow us to make decisions about how we will act … Continue reading

Twelve Rules for Authenticity

1. Focus on bolstering your self-respect and on loving others. 2. When people occassionally commit self-defeating or anti-social acts, help or guide them away from them. 3. When things are not the way you want them to be, either strive to change the conditions that foster them or temporarily accept that is the way things are. … Continue reading

How to Succeed at Your Goals

Set an ambitious goal. It shouldn’t be outlandishly difficult, but it should be enough of a stretch that you’ll be excited to work toward it. Nobody who sets a goal of losing 5 pounds miraculously loses 20. Be specific. It’s not enough to simply envision yourself succeeding at a goal. Multiple studies have shown that intention fails … Continue reading

Lessons on Creative Leadership from THNK

Creative Leadership is: Envisioning a better future Orchestrating creative teams Acting with passion and purpose Driving breakthrough change Applying an explorative mindset Envisioning a better future – Think globally, and towards a triple bottom line (profit, people, planet) – Articulate a clear vision – Find creative solutions – Courage to be a pioneer Orchestrating creative … Continue reading

Five Trends in Modern Organizations

1. Organization are opening up their boundaries We view boundaries not as edges but as areas of overlap. How might mobile enable collaborations between inside and outside? (FoldIt, Innocentive, Nike-Green.) 2. Organizations are searching for purpose beyond profit We spend significant portions of our lives working, and individuals are looking outside organizations for purpose. (e.g. Target, Patagonia, Nike). How … Continue reading

Eight Great Leadership Lessons from Garrett Reisman, Former NASA Astronaut

1) Have a grand vision – Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO, CTO As a leader, you can inspire and motivate your team to tremendous effect by communicating a vision in a clear, straight-forward way.  But don’t think small – raise the bar really really high.  Elon wants us to make the human species multi-planetary.  That’s different … Continue reading

What is Consciousness?

Notes from Charlie Rose Special on Consciousness Patricia Churchland: The historical description of consciousness started with Descartes: – Physical body – Non-physical soul It is the soul that has creativity, perception and reason, Descartes argued. In the 1800s, Von Helmholz postulated that: – It is all physical (the brain) – otherwise the law of conservation … Continue reading