Writing for Forbes

November 12, 2013

forbes-logo11Starting today I will be writing a regular column on innovation for Forbes.com.

As a result, there may be a bit of a slow down on this blog while I write articles for them and the American Express OPEN Forum.

But don’t worry. All articles will eventually be posted here too.

Stay tuned!

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Website Changes

September 13, 2013

webnewThis week we launched some changes to the website.

  • A revised home page with links to two new pages, one for meeting planners and one for innovation leaders. We also streamlined the look and feel slightly.
  • We revised the look of the blog “listing” page to only provide summaries
  • We removed the Facebook comments from the individual blog pages (and as a result we lost all of those old comments…sorry, but it had to be done). And we added new social media sharing capabilities. Check out my blog post on innovation at 3M for an example.

More changes will be made over time. I welcome any comments you might have on the changes. Thanks!

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Speaking in Copenhagen

February 11, 2013

I am excited to announce that I will return to Copenhagen to speak at my 3rd “Happiness at Work” conference. Previously, I played Personality Poker with the entire audience. This year, I will be speaking about my new book project. Here’s a brief description…

Are you working your butt off and not really getting anywhere? Do you see other people seemingly cruise effortlessly, with much better results? And don’t you just HATE those people (and secretly want to be them)?

We’ve all learned that success requires sacrifice and suffering. No pain no gain. We’ve been told that the more you sacrifice and the harder you work, the more success you will achieve. We’ve learned that success requires planning, relentless ambition, and structure. You’ll get nowhere without goals.

Guess what, we’ve been fooled. We’ve been told a lie.

Contrary to conventional wisdom, success is not linear. An hour of effort does not necessarily yield an hour of result. If you do the “right” work, an hour of effort can yield the equivalent of 100 hours of result.

Stephen Shapiro will show you how to apply the principle of leverage in your work life, including…

    • Why you should not blindly replicate what you think made others successful
    • How to get exponential results with minimal effort
    • A better alternative to goal-setting that will unlock your full potential
    • Why you should ignore all advice (up to and including this)

I hope to see many of you in Copenhagen on May 30, 2013. For more details, visit the event website.

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New Blog Features

January 27, 2013

Starting tomorrow, I will be creating 3 blog features every week:

  • Monday Morning Movie - I will shoot a brief video to share a concept around innovation.  This, as you probably guessed, will run Monday mornings.
  • Tuesday Transcription - A transcription of the Monday Morning Movie.
  • Wednesday Work Wisdom - This feature will be an article which discusses a concept specifically for the workplace.  It might be about innovation.  But it could also be about entrepreneurship or success.
  • Thursday Travel Tip - From time to time I will share an insight I have learned from my millions of miles of business travel.
  • Friday Fun Facts  - I want to close the week with some useful, yet fun information that will carry you through the weekend.  Sometimes they will be interesting facts.  And other times, they might just be something fun or funny.

Everything will be related to innovation, creativity, or success; anything that helps you as an organization or individual tap into your full potential.  And everything will provide new insights that will lead to new actions that will deliver new results.

P.S. As part of this redesign, the newsletter will also change to an every other week format that summarizes these features and more. 

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Twelve Coaches

October 12, 2012

I am thrilled to announce the launch of a new program that was developed with 11 other experts.  It is called Twelve Coaches.

We have pulled together a dozen of the brightest minds in their respective fields to offer a video coaching program, with the option for one-on-one support.  Each month you will get 60 videos plus access to all past recordings.

The topics/experts include…

  • Chris Pirillo – technology
  • Joe Calloway – competitive advantage
  • Chris Widener – personal development
  • Ron White – mental focus (he’s a world champion memory expert)
  • Colette Carlson – communications
  • Kyle Wilson – marketing
  • plus sales, leadership/teamwork, customer service, networking/relationships, entrepreneurship/income creation
  • and yours truly on innovation and change

We recently had an introductory call with a few of the coaches.  You can listen to it here…

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Or you can download the mp3

You can learn even more, including watching sample videos, at 12topcoaches.com.

Please email me personally if you have any questions.

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SUCCESS Magazine Cover Story

September 15, 2012

The October issue of SUCCESS Magazine recently hit the news stands.  The cover story – Innovate or Die - is 3 pages dedicated my perspectives on how to innovate more effectively. If you get the physical copy (with CD), you will also find a 23 minute audio interview with me and the publisher, Darren Hardy.

In the article I answer six critical questions:

  • What would be your one piece of advice for a small-business owner or entrepreneur who wants to be more innovative?
  • Why do you believe expertise is the enemy of innovation?
  • Why should you work with people who are not like you?
  • What should someone look for in partnerships?
  • What is the #1 cause of innovation failure?
  • Is innovation always about creating products and services that are better and faster?

Read the entire article on SUCCESS.com (only until October 11)

If you find the article of value, please “like” it (Facebook), “tweet it” and share it with your friends. I want to make the article the most popular article in this issue!

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Books in Portuguese

August 10, 2012

Best Practices Are Stupid is now available in Portuguese.  One version is for Brazil and the other for Portugal.

 

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Book in Dutch

July 27, 2012

I just received my copy of “Best Practices Are Stupid” in Dutch.  More translations are on their way!

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Books in Chinese

June 22, 2012

I’m please to announce that both Personality Poker and Best Practices Are Stupid  are now available in Chinese.  I love the cover designs, especially the cat on the Best Practices Are Stupid book.

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Best Practices Are Stupid #1 in Canada

March 26, 2012

Currently, Best Practices are Stupid is the best selling business book in Canada.

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