New York Times February 29, 2012 In medieval times, areas known to be dangerous or uncharted were often labeled on maps with the warning: “Beware, here be dragons.” That is surely how mapmakers would be labeling the whole Middle East … Continue reading →
Yahoo.com February 28, 2012 By Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press WASHINGTON — Leading senators on the Budget Committee clashed Tuesday over whether the Pentagon could bear even deeper budget cuts, with defense officials warning that additional reductions would hit jobs … Continue reading →
By Anthony H. Cordesman Feb 27, 2012 It is always tempting to ride the headlines and focus on events like the marines urinating on a Taliban corpse, the burning of the Qur’ans, and the attacks on U.S. and International Security … Continue reading →
Here is a list of 10 things I’ve learned the hard way that every photographer, designer, creative–heck, every creative person–should know. 1. Experts aren’t the answer. The blogs, the teachers, the mentors, the seminars aren’t the answer. They’re not there … Continue reading →
By Simon Sinek David Marquet graduated at the top of his class from the Naval Academy. After serving aboard submarines in the Atlantic and the Pacific, Captain Marquet finally earned something many officers dream of – his own command. Marquet … Continue reading →
A Short Course in Human Relations ..pretty much sums it all up! The 6 most important words: “I admit I made a mistake.” The 5 most important words: “You did a great job!” The 4 most important words: “What do … Continue reading →
(Blogger’s note: Boy, I don’t know about you, but this is a tough list to get real excited about)
A career in the military hones certain skill sets and talents, but where are the best places to take those talents once you’re out of the military? To coin a phrase from real estate, it’s all about location, location, location.
Are innovators born or made? Surely, those who spawn ideas that change the world are special – different then the rest of us. Take one look at an Einstein, a Henry Ford or a Steve Jobs and it seems that they … Continue reading →
We don’t see many movies, but recently watched Moneyball, nominated for six Academy Awards, on DVD. To be accurate, I watched Moneyball multiple times. The first viewing was because I was intrigued by the movie’s story, especially since I missed seeing Oakland A’s general manager, and subject of the movie, Billy Beane speak at The Market Research Event several years ago. The second viewing was to capture the rich innovation strategy lessons shared throughout the movie.
With the Academy Awards this weekend (which means #OscarEXP on Twitter) and the start of Major League Baseball spring training, it’s a great time to recap eight innovation strategy lessons in Moneyball and its story of how the Oakland A’s applied a statistically-oriented, sabermetrics approach to baseball strategy and improved performance against much richer teams in the early 2000s.
1. Starting out is hard - very hard. That’s normal. My personal story is that when I began in vocational ministry less than 3 years ago, many leaders from both of the teams I was hired to lead left within the first few months. Here I was with all of my excitement and vision and lacking the volunteers to move forward. Of course, God was faithful and provided leaders to minister to others, but that first 6 months was really hard. Don’t feel discouraged and don’t give up. Keep praying and working hard and trust that our faithful God will provide.