Interchangeable vs Indispensable

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Can you spot the fungible cogs in this old photo of Henry Ford’s assembly line in 1913? Which are the indispensable parts to manufacturing a car, and which are the temporary design requirement until something better comes along? Here’s a hint: When the challenges of mankind’s flourishing are measured by the limitations of physical strength/speed/endurance, technology is the answer. Always. The …

The Next Small Thing

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Last week Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the newest iPhone design, confirming the one feature that has been the subject of Apple-watcher speculation for months: its screen is smaller. Ever since Apple revolutionized the smartphone world with the 3.5″ screened original iPhone in 2007, the march toward bigger and bigger screens has been dizzying to behold. By the end of 2009, HTC …

Rule Breaking Required

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Originally posted at The Huffington Post When to follow the rules and when to violate them? When to preserve beautiful order and when to flirt with anarchy? A few years ago, my Wife and I were readying ourselves for bed when the most horrifying sound came from our son’s bedroom: the sound of a young child coughing and struggling to …

Who Should Call the Plays?

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Originally posted at The Huffington Post There are a few qualities that typify organizations that experience constant changes in their leadership: Insecurity Lack of Discipline Lack of Resilience Lack of Continuity Short-term Focus And, above all: a track record of losing. Consider two once proud organizations in completely different worlds who have become the butt of jokes and the symbols of lost …

Taking Command Without Giving Orders

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There is no idea so brilliant that turning it into a cliche can’t neuter. Take the well-worn adage “two heads are better than one.” The wisdom it contains — that problems are best solved through the combined thinking resources and perspectives of multiple people’s input — is so obvious that it suffers from the curse of being common … as in …