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The Economic and Social Impact of Language

Mills Scofield

And, in 2010, Arne Duncan announced that 95% of American college students in language classes were taking European languages. Bengali? Punjabi?

Are Non-Profits Doomed to Fail in Haiti?

Mills Scofield

I began volunteering in Haiti in 2007, and moved to Léogane in 2010 to begin my work with GOALS. Today, the number is still under 600.

Rebellious Optimism = Innovation

Mills Scofield

Optimism is the greatest act of rebellion. So says my friend Carmen Medina. anyone under 40). Not your average thesis. Perhaps Gov.

How to Have an Impact without Electricity and the Internet

Mills Scofield

I began traveling to Haiti as a volunteer in 2007 and moved here in 2010 to launch an organization called GOALS. In the U.S.,

Innovation = People, People, People

Mills Scofield

Last week's provided great discussion on various tools and processes for innovating. Innovation3: Crowdsourcing, Tools & Culture Summit Jackie Hutter , and I did a workshop on Leading Indicators for Innovation (which I'll share soon).

Lessons From BIF-7

Mills Scofield

Dan Pink, known for his fabulous books A Whole New Mind and Drive , talked about 2010’s two Physics Nobel Prize winners, Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, breakthrough in extremely thin graphene. I’m tired of all the “Woe is America” stuff – we’ve lost our innovation edge, we’re stagnating, etc.

Return on Failure: Why is it so hard to learn?

Mills Scofield

We've talked about the hypothesis of ROF in Part I and what we can learn from failure in Part II. Is it due to management?

Beware of Facts & Innovation

Mills Scofield

Facts & Data. At Bell Labs we used to say, "How much did you pay for that data?" " Most market research projects - for strategic planning and innovation (my passions), or even incremental product development focus on getting the facts. " (www.oberlin.edu) This is true, i [.].

Currency of 21st Century Business? Connections

Mills Scofield

Sitting behind me at BIF-6 was this nice, unassuming guy. We struck up a conversation. As a result, a wonderful friendship has developed (which is easy to do at BIF). This guy was Michael Lee Stallard. As Michael and I started conversing, the importance of connections to help reframe, reform our world was/is a constant theme.

Incumbentitis - The Anti-Innovation Disease

Mills Scofield

Well, we've just been through quite an election - out with the ‘old', in with the new - well, somewhat, there were several incumbents re-elected. This isn't a mandate for or against either party; it was a mandate for an economic revolution to get rid of big government and make one that works for the people. Of innovating?

Micro-Volunteering - Innovation At Its Finest

Mills Scofield

You know all that time you spend waiting? In line, at school, the doctor's office, soccer practices, the bus or train? Well, what if you could use that time to do something great for someone else? Jacob told their story at last month's BIF-6 conference (which is still causing a buzz). And this has to [.].

Return on Failure: ROF - Experimenting

Mills Scofield

Let's continue this hypothesis on ROF. What can failure teach us? I'm a bit sensitive to this being married to an experimental physicis [.]. Smartfailing Scientific Method Richard Satava Return On Failure Prototype Innovation Failure Experiment Business Innovation Factory BIF-6

Return on Failure: The Equation

Mills Scofield

What is failure? When things don't go according to plan or expectations, ending up with unexpected and/or undesired outcomes (which we can argue could have been avoidable, or not). The key is ‘undesired' - because if they were desired and not planned or expected, that would still be great!

The Business Plan Fallacy

Mills Scofield

As I'm reviewing business plans from college grads I'm mentoring (as an alumnae mentor at Brown Univ ) and from Glengary , the VC firm I'm a partner in, this whole business plan process is getting to me. So much of what I see in biz plans is, pardon the phrase, BS. so why do we bother with all this stuff when we know it's a joke?

HR's Strategic Role in Innovation

Mills Scofield

Historically, HR has not played a very strategic role in innovation. This needs to change. HR needs to support the culture change to enable innovation; and the upcoming generation isn't going to settle for an ‘administrative-only' role. Innovation is primarily a social thing. Really.   [.].

ROF: Return on Failure & Gen-Y, Gen-Z

Mills Scofield

This is the first of a series of blogs I'm going to do on ROF: Return on Failure. It is a work in progress, so please comment, discuss, disagree, share your thoughts. Earlier this month, I attended BIF-6 and the impact it's having on so many of us continues to endure. Video games! Yes, you may shudder and t [.].

BIF-6 Summed Up: Optimism-Hope-Trust-Innovation

Mills Scofield

I'm still trying to process the last week; a wonderfully relaxing and productive (not an oxymoron) sabbatical on the dock in Maine, a day at Brown with terrific kids (I'm ready to go back) and BIF-6. If you are ever, ever able to attend BIF's annual conference, spare nothing and go.

Mentoring: Who really benefits more?

Mills Scofield

Last year, I volunteered to participate in Brown University's Women's Launchpad Program which pairs women alumni in industry (me) with senior women for mentoring in career and graduate school planning. My mentee, Sarah, was a Mechanical Engineering major from the Boston area and leader on the Women's Crew Team.

50 Ways to Leave your Lover: Keep Failing Til the Last Thing You Try Is Successful

Mills Scofield

Special guest blog post by Don Esch, President of Bettcher Industries of his story at BW-Center For Innovation & Growth 's Innovation Summit.

Incumbentitis ? The Anti-Innovation Disease

Mills Scofield

In 2010, it was out with the ‘old’, in with the new, mostly. Well, will congress put the country or their own political careers first? You’d think they should be one and the same but we know they aren’t. With the upcoming elections, getting re-elected will matter more.

Gratitude - 2010

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Home Go to QAspire.com Guest Posts Disclaimer Gratitude - 2010 I am filled with gratefulness as I think about 2010 coming to an end. John Hunter is a passionate improvement expert who shares some profound lessons on management, leadership, lean and Deming. Thanks to both of them for enlightening and inspiring. Talk to you soon.

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Best Leadership Books of 2010

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A crisis exposes character or the lack of it. Our reaction is important. Our recent history requires a response; a correction; a change in the status quo. If we are thinking more-of-the-same or merely upping our game then we are destined to fail again. On the other hand if we are looking to change our games or approach, then we have a way forward.

Thanks for your contributions in 2010!

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As noted here every year, easily one of the most gratifying aspects of authoring a site like this is the interaction offered by visitors from around the world. They present thoughtful and engaging comments from which we all learn so much, as well as offering us the opportunity to discover additional value on many of the contributors’ own web sites.

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Are you letting conflicts fester?

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What does “being creative” look like in a particular situation? Almost

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Copyright/Legal Privacy Resources Sitemap N2Growth Blog © Copyright 2010 N2Growth. Everest before his successful summit in 1953. Thanks.

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Shut-up & Listen | N2Growth Blog

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Copyright/Legal Privacy Resources Sitemap N2Growth Blog © Copyright 2010 N2Growth. The best leaders are proactive, strategic listeners.

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Intellect…an Asset or Liability? | N2Growth Blog

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Copyright/Legal Privacy Resources Sitemap N2Growth Blog © Copyright 2010 N2Growth. Is your intellect standing in the way of your success?

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Efficient vs. Effective | N2Growth Blog

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Copyright/Legal Privacy Resources Sitemap N2Growth Blog © Copyright 2010 N2Growth. Are you efficient or effective, or do you know?

Humility and Leadership | N2Growth Blog

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Copyright/Legal Privacy Resources Sitemap N2Growth Blog © Copyright 2010 N2Growth. Is it possible to be a leader without being humble?

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Top 30 Leadership Blogs 2010 | N2Growth Blog

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Top 30 Leadership Blogs 2010 | N2Growth Blog (n2growth.com) [.] I know, I know - another list? Great question. Did I get your numbers wrong?

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Bonus or No Bonus? | N2Growth Blog

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Copyright/Legal Privacy Resources Sitemap N2Growth Blog © Copyright 2010 N2Growth. That is the question. I hope these thoughts help.

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Toxic Work Environments | N2Growth Blog

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What All Great Leaders Have In Common | N2Growth Blog

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Copyright/Legal Privacy Resources Sitemap N2Growth Blog © Copyright 2010 N2Growth. Do I have your attention yet? and college. Thanks!

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Dealing with Conflict | N2Growth Blog

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Copyright/Legal Privacy Resources Sitemap N2Growth Blog © Copyright 2010 N2Growth. If so, you likely have issues with conflict.

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My Five Most Read Posts of 2010

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These are the five most read posts on my blog in 2010. I wrote one about books last week). Today’s list is simple.

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Five Reasons Why Every Leader is a Salesperson

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Reply Ed Oakley August 23, 2010 at 9:53 am I couldn’t agree more, Kevin. And, more importantly, great leaders are great salespeople.

The Disconnected Leader | N2Growth Blog

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Copyright/Legal Privacy Resources Sitemap N2Growth Blog © Copyright 2010 N2Growth. A good CEO demands accountability and transparency.

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The Rainmaker Fab Five Blog Picks of the Week

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 Here are my picks for the week of November 15 - 21st, 2010.  Here are my picks for the week of November 15 - 21st, 2010.

Glamorous Celebrity Deaths and Minimal Taxes in 2010 :: Women on.

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As a result, we started 2010 with no estate tax, and the year was fraught with controversy about how to handle estate planning. billion.