The Power of Networks: How My Grandmother Introduced Dr. Bob to Bill W. and Started Alcoholics Anonymous
Click to enlarge

The Power of Networks: How My Grandmother Introduced Dr. Bob to Bill W. and Started Alcoholics Anonymous

Posted on Jun 27, 2010 by George F Huhn
Share

The power of your network isn’t just in its size. And it isn’t just in whom you know or in whom they know. The power of your network to change the world may come from just introducing two people in it to each other. In 1935, my grandmother, Henrietta B. Seiberling, was experiencing some hard […]

Why Teams Don’t Innovate Well And What You Can Do About It
Click to enlarge

Why Teams Don’t Innovate Well And What You Can Do About It

Posted on Jun 4, 2010 by George F Huhn
Share

Wondering why your teams aren’t more creative and innovative? Maybe they are stopping themselves. Knowledge@Wharton interviewed two of the authors of the “Idea Generation and the Quality of the Best Idea” article, Wharton Professors Christian Terwiesch and Karl Ulrich, in an article called “How Group Dynamics May Be Killing Innovation.” The goal, they said, should be about finding good ideas, not […]

You’re Probably Dysacronymic And Don’t Even Know It!
Click to enlarge

You’re Probably Dysacronymic And Don’t Even Know It!

Posted on May 25, 2010 by George F Huhn
Share

I was talking with a friend of mine, Dr. Richard Flanagan, a psychologist and co-author of the book The Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning: How to Turn Training and Development into Business Results, about his recent election to a non-profit Board of Trustees. Our discussion quickly turned to the number of new acronyms that he had heard […]

Dr. Clayton M. Christensen: What Jobs Are Your Customers Hiring Your Products To Do?
Click to enlarge

Dr. Clayton M. Christensen: What Jobs Are Your Customers Hiring Your Products To Do?

Posted on May 24, 2010 by George F Huhn
Share

I attended a great seminar by Dr. Clayton M. Christensen at the University of Pennsylvania last Friday night celebrating the 20th anniversary of the EMTM program. Dr. Christensen is the author of The Innovator’s Dilemma and the person who coined the phrase “disruptive innovation” that “describes a process by which a product or service takes root initially in simple […]

Predicting Project Success The Way Meteorologists Predict The Rain

Posted on May 17, 2010 by George F Huhn
Share

What does it mean when a meteorologist says “the chance of rain today is 60%?” Each day in the United States, a massive amount of data is collected from weather stations, satellites, and weather balloons from around the world and sent to the National Meteorological Center near Washington, D.C. The data is processed to give […]

Is Your Business a Clock or a Cloud
Click to enlarge

Is Your Business a Clock or a Cloud

Posted on Apr 30, 2010 by George F Huhn
Share

This last paragraph caught my attention: Karl Popper, the great philosopher of science, once divided the world into two categories: clocks and clouds. Clocks are neat, orderly systems that can be solved through reduction; clouds are an epistemic mess, “highly irregular, disorderly, and more or less unpredictable.” The mistake of modern science is to pretend […]

Research Shows “Brainstorming” Doesn’t Work for Creating Better Ideas. Here’s What Does.
Click to enlarge

Research Shows “Brainstorming” Doesn’t Work for Creating Better Ideas. Here’s What Does.

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 by George F Huhn
Share

Looking for new and better ideas from your project team? Thinking about having a typical “brainstorming” session? Don’t bother. New research shows there’s a better way. “Brainstorming” usually consists of people meeting specifically for the purpose of coming up with new ideas around a specific topic. Any and all ideas are recorded, and evaluation of […]

Researchers Find That Longer Is Better On eBay
Click to enlarge

Researchers Find That Longer Is Better On eBay

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 by George F Huhn
Share

Do you want to get a higher price when you sell something at auction on eBay? After running hundreds of controlled auctions on eBay, researchers reported in the INFORMS journal Decision Analysis that longer auctions yielded more bidders and more bids resulting in an 11% average final price increase compared to the shorter auctions. When you sell an […]

Steve Jobs: “Users shouldn’t have to ever, ever, EVER think about that stuff.”
Click to enlarge

Steve Jobs: “Users shouldn’t have to ever, ever, EVER think about that stuff.”

Posted on Apr 9, 2010 by George F Huhn
Share

Yesterday, at Apple’s introduction of iPhone 4.0, Steve Jobs said about competitive products: “It’s like we said on the iPad: if you see a stylus, they blew it. In multitasking, if you see a task manager, they blew it. Users shouldn’t have to ever, ever, EVER think about that stuff.” I love that quote. Why? Because […]

Can “Compressed Sensing” Make Something Out of Nothing?”
Click to enlarge

Can “Compressed Sensing” Make Something Out of Nothing?”

Posted on Apr 8, 2010 by George F Huhn
Share

Not quite, although that was the promise in the title of an article in the March 2010 “Wired” magazine about a recently invented algorithm called “Compressed Sensing” or CS. That isn’t to say CS isn’t a really cool algorithm for certain applications – it is and you should know about what it can do – […]