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Facilitation Technique: The Strategy Wall

Have you ever worked in one of those organizations that has gone through every kind of strategy exercise imaginable? They've built a Strategy Map, Balanced Scorecard, Brand Pillars, SWAT Analysis, Priorities Alignment, Yearly Plan, Three Year Roadmap, and possibly...

Does Technology Reduce Our Social Capital?

Are technology and social media reducing our social capital? Is our way of life in peril as our youth and culture become subservient specters to the soul-destroying harbinger of the social and biological apocalypse: the smartphone? Short answer: no. First, what is...

Is Your Cybersecurity Strategy Government Approved?

Just a few weeks back, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) fined Denver-based Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN) $400,000 for failure to protect some 3,200 patient records that were covered by HIPAA. The attack? An employee fell victim to a phishing...

En Garde! A Unique Way to Coach Your Team

Coaching is hard. That’s true at all levels. There are effective and ineffective coaches on little league teams, on storied professional franchises, and on all types of teams and organizations in between. A big part of the challenge for any coach is that their team...

Staying Efficient in the Air

For those of you who know me, you understand my obsession with efficiency. I’m always trying to find ways to make myself, and others, more efficient. Which is why I decided to write this blog detailing how I stay efficient when I travel, because as a consultant, a big...

Breaking News – Innovation Requires Breaking a Sweat

“Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.” – Thomas Edison I like to think of myself as an “outdoors” guy, and I have spent a lot of time in the sun over the years, running and riding my bike. As I’ve matured, I find myself more aware of...

How 3D Printing Didn’t Change My Life

At the end of last year my company, Thought Ensemble, decided to give each employee a technology bonus and encouraged us to use it to research an emerging technology of our choosing. Some folks decided to go the VR route, and some chose home automation, while others...

Smart Home Automation

In 1999, Disney released an original TV movie called “Smart House,” which as a kid, I probably watched at least 10 times. The premise of this made for TV movie was that a teenager and his family won a chance to live in the world’s first fully automated smart home run...

The Digital Downside to Well-Tuned IT Delivery Methods

IT organizations often embrace Agile software development as the holy grail that will guide them to the digital product promised land. What many companies don’t realize when they embark on this transformation is that their problem is much bigger than simply choosing...

4 Keys to Running a Successful Vendor Selection

When I first started consulting, my very first project was a vendor selection, and I’ll be honest, my first thought was: “What is a vendor selection?” Since then I’ve been a part of many vendor selections and learned a lot of lessons along the way. If you’re thinking...

Can You Keep a Secret? (A Trade Secret?)

We are all familiar with the secrecy that surrounds Coca-Cola's recipe for original Coke. It’s part of the mystique of their brand. Supposedly, only 2 executives in the company know the recipe, and they are kept apart just so that the recipe can never be lost. And the...

Where Does Your Energy Come From?

I’m excited for the Energy Marketing Conference in Houston in a few weeks. Tom Brady seemed to enjoy his visit to Houston and I expect to have the same experience he did! At the last few conferences, there has been a very consistent theme: people know very little...

Alexa Will Influence Much More Than Your Grocery List

Almost two years ago, during one of my catch-up conversations with Scott Manuel from Thomson Reuters, I first heard of Alexa, the intelligent personal assistant service of the Amazon Echo. Scott said, “Trust me, you’ve got to get one of these.” His job is to...

Who Builds Better Digital Products – IT or Product?

When we started Thought Ensemble in 2008, we did a lot of consulting work in industries like information services and publishing. At that time, these industries were at the height of their disruption. Digital products, from both longtime competitors and...

Visioning with a 5-Year Old

I may not be the craftiest mom. I may not be the best at academic prep. I'm definitely not the one throwing the football. But there's one thing I know I can teach my kids: how to create a life they love. It is the start of a new year, so we are working on our vision...

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