Are you smart enough to know you may not be that smart?

Are you smart enough to know you might not be that smart? Back in college, thirty years ago, I promoted rock bands. Once I did a show in Ortonville, Minnesota at the White Eagle Ballroom ... in the middle of nowhere. Even though Ortonville only had a population of two thousand, the White Eagle was … Continue reading Are you smart enough to know you may not be that smart?

Welcome to my “Perfect World”

Imagine if you could close your eyes, click your heels - and find yourself somewhere else, somewhere where your personal little world was just like you wanted it to be. About fifteen years ago I started using the phrase, “Road to Your Perfect World.” It was used mainly in the context of my recruiting business. … Continue reading Welcome to my “Perfect World”

Collaboration 2.0 (Part 2) … crossing the chasm!

Crowdsourcing is like herding cats. Everyone wants to go in their own direction - and seldom is it yours. Of course "crowdsourcing" is best added to a project that is already structurally sound w/ core stakeholders ... we don't always have that luxury. Thanks to Max Aetheling - for that bit of insight. In my May … Continue reading Collaboration 2.0 (Part 2) … crossing the chasm!

Collaboration 2.0 … from ideas to action!

I originally wrote this post two years ago so some of the cultural references are out of date. But even after two years, I believe the message still applies. This is especially the case in many "groups" on Facebook and Google+. There's a lot of extremely talented and well directed people lending excellent ideas. But … Continue reading Collaboration 2.0 … from ideas to action!

Buy local … or not

The chorus to "Buy Local" has become the new "Buy American." This is especially the case with the corporate shenanigans going on. GE doesn't pay taxes. The executives of Well Fargo and B of A should be in jail and Wal-mart is getting sued for discrimination by just about every woman who worked there in the last 10 years.  And even … Continue reading Buy local … or not

Need financing for your start-up … join the Kernel!

Let's say you have this great idea. You're tired of working for the "Man." You know deep down in you're an entrepreneur. And you're willing to put in the long hours and embrace austerity as your best friend. And the last thing you want to do is commit to an office space, spend your creative … Continue reading Need financing for your start-up … join the Kernel!

“Put vinegar or onion under your scarf for tear gas”

As protesters in Tahrir Square in Egypt faced off against pro-government forces, they drew a lesson from their counterparts in Tunisia:  “Put vinegar or onion under your scarf for tear gas.”You’d have to be living under a rock not to take note of what’s been happening in the Middle East over the last month. And … Continue reading “Put vinegar or onion under your scarf for tear gas”