An engineering professor, Behrokh Khoshnevis , at the University of Southern California, is really thinking big: He has figured out a way to build housing with a giant 3D printer. Here's how it would work, according to the blog Pop Sci . The apparatus, instead of being the size of your typical laser printer, would actually be somewhat bigger than the house it would build through a concrete layering system called Contour Crafting . The professor explained the process in a speech at the TEDx conference , which you can watch .
Events scale. The magnitude of our impact and the impact of our decisions can vary wildly, depending on the stakes. You can decide which chocolate bar to buy or you can decide whether or not to take a job.
Getting stuff to go viral is sexy. It's a miracle when it works. It makes you famous.
The great Aikido master, Ikeda Sensei , says: “ Aikido works. My aikido works. Your aikido may not work.” His point is simple and profound (and all you have to do is get close enough to him on the dojo mat and you will feel its profundity as you fly through the air, landing on your back). Ikeda Sensei has spent a lifetime on the mat mastering the fundamentals of his art.
I’ve got nothing against books on leadership. Or formal training for managers. Or advanced degrees, like MBAs. But leading is not a formula. It’s about approach and mindset. Great leaders inspire respect.
If I were to tell you to write anything you want in any style you want and get it to me whenever you want, when do you think that would happen? Now, if I were to tell you to find an interesting parallel between Pinterest and flea markets, and I were to want it by Noon tomorrow, what would happen then? We are most creative when we are bound by limits. Restriction creates tension.
Baby Boomers experience “leaving” geographically and emotionally throughout life, resulting in some major changes. Good, bad or mediocre, it happens to all of us. We begin our adult life by leaving home after graduation or at the age of accountability (or after our parents kick us out), a huge liberating and educational adventure.
At the seminar I did in July for college students, we talked a lot about impresarios. (You can read one student’s take on it here ). Weave together resources and opportunities and put on a show. That’s what impresarios have always done.
E-Myth author Michael E. Gerber says that starting a business is like writing a book, because you must create a business that says something important about you. Getty 417 in Share
Innovation is often the act of taking something that worked over there and using it over here. Your problem, whatever it might be, probably has a solution somewhere in the world. And your organization is probably stuck because they don't know what to do, and more important, don't have the guts to do it.
My car informs me that I've been averaging 26 mph over the last month. Much lower than I would have guessed. It's low not because we don't drive on the highway, it's low because there's also a lot of time spent sitting still in traffic and at lights. When we remember our journey and our work, the highlights are the fast parts, the thrilling moments, the peaks (and the valleys).
Is there an easier way to develop a community of customers? The answer is YES and I can prove it! So you’re starting a website that you would like to eventually get conversions for an information product, affiliate ads or even maybe for a business opportunity. You’ve been told that the only way to do that is to generate traffic and grow a list of people who opt-in and subscribe to get information from you. For new internet marketers this can be a daunting task.
Ambiguity. It’s an increasingly common space within which most organizations operate. Rapid change, increased complexity, and competing interests all make predictability and certainty tougher to achieve. But there’s a big difference between ambiguity that’s externally produced--such as not knowing which political party will be in office in January and how the election will shape regulations, or how quickly a key supplier will recover from a natural disaster--and the type of ambiguity that organizations inflict on themselves. If you’re like most leaders, you probably find yourself operating in a virtual house-of-mirrors much of the time, with insufficient clarity around what your customers really think about the work you and your team deliver, how you’re really performing (especially operationally), and what’s really at the root of a problem.
Do you have what it takes to become the next Howard Schultz or Mark Zuckerberg? A new book may not only help you answer that question, but also surprise you with new-found self-awareness. Heart, Smarts, Guts and Luck: What it Takes to be an Entrepreneur and Build a Great Business is the work of a trio of accomplished entrepreneurs and advisors-turned-venture capitalists. Tony Tjan, Dick Harrington and Tsun-yan Hseih interviewed hundreds of executives and business builders across the globe, including Google cofounder Sergey Brin and Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh. Among the many insights they discovered is that having a high degree of self-awareness may be the best marker of a successful entrepreneur, even more so than having a high IQ.
The best managers have a fundamentally different understanding of workplace, company, and team dynamics. See what they get right. Getty 23K in Share