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Be Bright, Be Brief, Be Gone

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Consulting is notorious for its long hours and grueling workweeks. It doesn’t have to be that way.
My first manager at Accenture told me something that has always stuck with me. “Be bright, be brief, be gone.” It’s not about how long you sit at a desk or how many hours you bill. Get your work done. Work independently. Go home …

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When Social Media Gets Real

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A fascinating thing happened to me at an event I attended. Dan Heath, co-author of Made to Stick, Switch, and Decisive, spoke at Brandeis University about his book Switch. The event was sponsored by Comcast Business Class and Inc. Magazine (thanks!) and also featured Brian Halligan of Hubspot.
Naturally, I tweeted about it to make @jeffrsnbgh jealous (we’re both big Heath …

Why I Can’t Stop Thinking About The Innovator’s DNA

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I recently found myself at a party with Hal Gregersen, one of the authors of The Innovator’s DNA (his daughter married one of my best friends). We were chatting and he asked me how I liked working at Accenture, and I shared my automatic response that I like how consulting exposes you to so many different companies and business models.
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Mental Inventory Turnover

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Decisions fascinate me. Perhaps that’s because I’m not good at making them. It’s not that I make bad decisions – on the contrary, most of my decisions are pretty good – it’s just that I’m slow to make decisions. I’m a maximizer. I want the best possible result obtained the best possible way. The opposite of a maximizer is a …

Think Group :: Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal

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For the first installment of Think Group I decided to share Kirby Ferguson’s amazing video series entitled “Everything is a Remix“. If you’re a long-time reader of the blog, you know I’ve shared these videos before here and here.
Mixed in with those videos I shared a few other clips and mixed in some discussion questions. We watched a 10-minute video, …

Think Group :: A Boston-based Forum for Ideas and Learning

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For a long time I’ve wanted to create a gathering point for people passionate about learning, tinkering, and trying new things. The idea is to get a lot of inspired/dynamic/smart people in a room and teach each other. I floated the idea by a few friends and the response was been very positive.
We held the inaugural meeting of Think Group …

The Ten Faces of Innovation – One Pager

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One page book summaries, like this one from Made to Stick, are a great way to keep the concepts of a book fresh in your mind. I have several one pagers around my desk at work to serve as constant reminders. When I looked for a one pager for The Ten Faces of Innovation by Tom Kelley and Jonathan Littman, …