Say it. Do it. (copywriting for startups)
Good copy can cut through clutter and almost draw your customers into a deeper relationship with your product or brand. Fun fact: during my freshman year of collage, I was a courier for an ad agency and I thought the copywriter was a lawyer who filed copyrights on all...read more
Time Doesn’t Heal All Wounds
I am not sure which young black man's death prompted this art piece. It's not that I don't care; I just can't remember. I just know that I feel like I can set my watch to the gun violence that erupts seemingly every hour on the hour. At the same time, people wonder...read more
Leadership Lesson: Determine true north, set a compass, follow it.
Equality is my true north.
Today the Supreme Court moved the country forward in terms of equality. But it is up to all of us to make sure we stay on the path of equality. It’s not as much about fear of getting lost, as much as it is about creating an opportunity to stay found.read more
What started as a simple way to hide a blighted wall in my backyard quickly took on a life of its own. Here is what was known: I had an ugly wall, I wanted something pretty, I like colorful environments, and I wanted something bold. Then, my heart and my perspective shifted.read more
Is your career insulated?
I don’t take myself too seriously. I also think we are a collection of our experiences and we bring that collection to each job we get. The process by which those experiences are packaged and how new experiences are added to the collection seems very interesting. We are beyond the world of resumes and job postings. There is a way for people to assemble their collection in a way that it aligns with opportunities even before an opportunity presents itself.read more
It’s not a myth. HAPPYWORK does exist.
I remember a prof in grad school telling us that happy employees aren’t always productive, but productive employee are typically happy. My academic background is in the field of organizational psychology (behavior, development and leadership) and I’ve always been a student of systems and design. My career has allowed me to work for large corporations and small startups and I’ve frequently been the guy brought in to fix, heal, correct, build or stabilize a company or organization. I enjoy it and I am pretty damn good at it. Want to know my secret?read more
Ferguson, George Costanza & Perceived Incongruent Response
How did we get here? How did we get to this point? Is this what we should consider to be normal? Let’s talk about tension, confusion, blame, emotional explosions and the role humility and vulnerability might play in healing our community. Let’s talk about how we have moved so far away from a place of restorative justice and think that retribution is the only solution (HINT: when people talk about there being a price to pay, then they are looking for retribution).read more
Startup Landscape: Full of Empty Promises from Supportive Communities
“We support startups.”
“We believe in startups.”
“The only thing our startup community needs is a little more capital.”
I have seen communities full of incubators, mentors, programs and good-hearted people. I have seen federal, state and local funds flow into systems promising to launch new ventures, create jobs and stimulate the startup ecosystem. What I haven’t seen are customers. Hell, I rarely even see a willingness to serve as beta testers.read more
Simple Math of Innovation
According to the common platitude, attitude is everything. While that looks good on a motivational poster or as a sound bite, it really is meaningless when it comes to innovation.
True and consistent innovation will benefit from a little math. There are two inputs in this innovation equation: creativity and strategy. The degree to which each input is embraced or given priority will determine the outcome.read more
The Birds, the Bees & F-words
Creating an innovation ecosystem seems daunting. There are lots of places to start. Biotechnology has firm roots in the region. Computer-based advancements and ventures are gaining steam. However, what will the next areas of innovation be? How do we create a structure that allows us to explain our innovation choices to the next generation?read more