Author Archive | Dan Erwin

Bret Stephens, Formerly WSJournal, Now NYTimes

The first duty of a revolutionist is to get away with it.  Abbie Hoffman Consistently, Bret Stephens has knocked out some intriguing and illuminating opinion commentaries. Saturday’s post on The Trump Presidency: ‘No Guardrails,” is another of those not to miss. He ticks off today’s analogy to the lack of “guardrails,” quoting an article from […]

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Why You Need to Think and Talk on Two Tracks (Part One)

One of the most difficult problems with collaborative conversation is staying on track. Smart people inevitably get waylaid by tangential ideas that are suggested by their meeting interactions. That’s precisely why many think that team meetings are such a waste. Yet solutions and decisions in today’s business world inevitably require conversations to gain the buy-in […]

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Thinking:It’s Not As Easy As You Think (Part 1)

               Nothing is as frightening as ignorance in action.  –Goethe Nearly a year ago, after reading our blog, Habitual Striking vs. Mindful “Stucking,” one of our regular blog readers asked a formidable question: “So how did you learn to think?” Business people spend a great deal of their time thinking about how to solve […]

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Fearful You’ll Lose Your Job to Artificial Intelligence?

Two of MIT’s most knowledgeable guys on artificial intelligence, Andrew McAFee and Erik Brynjolfsson, will tell you to cool it. In fact, they argue that asking how many jobs will be killed by AI is the wrong question. Sure, Frey and Osborne’s 2015 analysis found that nearly 50% of current jobs are susceptible to AI. […]

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The Riskiest Piece of Eloquence for This Century

                             Although I have long admired Barrack Obama’s speech on race in Philadelphia, easily the riskiest, brilliant and one of the most eloquent speeches of this century was delivered by a born-and-bred Southerner and the mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu. As four confederate statues were finally pulled down from their place of honor, the […]

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Six Resources on Creativity

Innovation and creativity, everyone says, is key to our nation’s success in the marketplace. While working through some new stuff on creativity and innovation, I stumbled, once more, across Robert Sternberg and Todd Lubart’s analysis of the resources for creativity. It has the intriguing title, Buy Low and Sell High: An Investment Approach to Creativity. […]

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Consistency Is the Hobgoblin of Little Minds

Are you a flip-flopper? Do you evolve, or just stay the same? “Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything,” wrote George Bernard Shaw. (Hobgoblin: the mischievous, frightening and sometimes dangerous spirits.) In career development, it’s usually the little things that derail a manager or exec. Thus, I typically focus on granular career issues. […]

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When Should You Start Your Own Business?

One of my very bright young friends in his early thirties occasionally worries that he’s let too much time go by and that he should have started his own company several years ago. It’s a very prevalent idea, but it’s pure myth. So what is the average age of the typical entrepreneur when he/she starts […]

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Leadership Failure. . . And What Can Be Done About It

In his masterful study, Leadership BS: Fixing workplaces and careers one truth at a time, Jeff Pfeffer forces his readers to deal with the actual realities of leadership. The picture is not pretty. His description is both highly analytical and comprehensive, dealing with both leadership practice and thinking. Acknowledging the truth of his description will be painful for […]

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Big Data: The IT Fumble

If you read my blog, True data about big data, in which I proposed that Zero Dark Thirty’s lead character, Maya was a near perfect example of a data scientist, you’ll understand today’s blog title. The unstated subtext of that blog was that it’s unwise to turn big data over to the IT group. Sure, you’ll […]

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