Innovation in Action

Strategies and Tips for Getting Started


The Greatest Gift Collaboration Can Give

May 24, 2016

The word “collaborate” can conjure up images that are far from positive. Maybe we’ve worked with collaborators whose personalities pushed our buttons. Maybe we got caught up in wanting “to win.” Maybe communication went on too long or, equally frustrating, not long enough. But if we step back to think about it, the primary goal…

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What Everyone Should Know about Deliberate Practice

April 19, 2016

True confession: I’m probably one of the few people out there who saw the movie Top Gun and never knew it was based on an actual military training program. Well, that’s what books are for. I’m reading Anders Ericsson’s book, Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise. What a mind and what a researcher!…

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Learning that Fuels Deep Work

April 18, 2016

Cal Newport’s book, Deep Work, left a lasting impression on me. It’s the reason I wanted to interview him for Curious Minds.  He’s such a smart and thoughtful guy. While many productivity theorists and practitioners focus solely on work outputs, Cal keeps us honest on the inputs, too. He steps back to ask himself, “Am…

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