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When Software Can’t Change the Laws of Physics (or Leadership)

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Boeing 737 Max in production. As far as we know, the physical laws of nature are true and fixed on earth. We can’t design with atoms and ignore gravity, conservation of energy and Newton’s laws of motion.

Why Does a Door Need Instructions? Seriously!

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If you’re willing, the next time you get to a door, stop. What’s your initial reaction? Push it? Pull it? Doors are one of my favorite examples of lousy design. Shouldn’t opening a door be intuitive? We really need instructions to go through a door? Really??

Are Our Souls on Treadmills??

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This academic year the cost of putting kids on treadmills from Pre-K onward is slapping me in the face through the students I mentor. I’ve seen students’ stress, anxiety and depression increasing over the past few years but not with the exponential leap I’ve seen this year.

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Atoms vs. Bits - Making Matters

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Students working on projects in the Brown Design Workshop. We live in a world infatuated with bits (tech). We value, encourage, praise bit-making over atom-making. Creating with atoms doesn’t have the cache or import it once did, and we’ve lost something precious by doing so.

Trade Hubris for Humility

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Salko ‘21, Kyra ‘20, Jake ‘20, me, Matt ‘18.5, Nate ‘19, John ‘21, Samanee ‘19. One of the reasons I love mentoring students is because it keeps me learning, exploring , questioning and challenging my beliefs – keeping me relevant and useful to the world (I hope!).

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Reflections ~ One Month Post-BIF

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Saul Kaplan Starting Day 2 of BIF - Photo by Stephanie Alvarez Ewens. Every year, the crew at BIF lets me bring a bunch of my Brown University students to BIF. My students are of all ethnicities, backgrounds, years and concentrations - #STEAM. This year, I asked the kids to share their reflections.

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It Isn't Home Runs! More At Bats = More RBIs

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Hank Aaron ~ All time MLB RBI Hitter (2,297) Picture Credit USBData. Opening day is March 28th. The media, fans, and managers will be focused on key stats like on-base and slugging percentages, defensive runs saved, walks/hits per inning pitched and ERA … and of course Grand Slams and Home-Runs!

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DisrupTV!!!!

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Had such a blast doing my 2nd DisrupTV * episode with my wonderful friend, Vala Afshar , and Alan Lepofsky (sitting in for Ray Wang ). Talked about mentoring, innovation, thinking & doing! See the full episode with Jim Cathcart & Bruce Kasanoff here.

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I Don't Know

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Mike Cohea / Brown University. The freedom to ask questions and admit when you don't know is one we take for granted and our society tends to shun as a sign of weakness, yet it is how we learn, grow, create and have impact.

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When Shoveling Sh&t is Easier

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Sometimes, shoveling sh&t is easier than shoveling caviar. It's the path of least resistance. It makes sense. No one argues with you. It's usually the right thing to do. Who in their right mind would keep the sh&t and shovel the caviar?

Digital TMI: The Killer of Your Second First Impression

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This is a guest post by Mark Babbitt, who I just spent 3 days with at #BIF10 , who also founded YouTern , one of THE best sites for career info. Read, enjoy and apply!!!! And get his book (with Ted Coiné ) " A World Gone Social ". ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~. You are a Social Age job seeker.

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To Move the World, Show, Don't Tell

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Rexy Josh Dorado is changing the world by living stories, and then telling them. Here''s his story - with lessons for the C-Suite to the street. Please read, listen and do - and tell that story. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~.

5 Lessons from an Office on the Edge

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Kris Ansin is the executive director of Mali Health Organizing Proje ct - an amazing company increasing access to primary maternal and child healthcare in Mali. This past year, Mali repelled an Islamic coup and had it''s first case of Ebola, hopefully contained.

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#Whatif We Valued Trying?

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We humans love to divide the world: yes, no; either, or; black, white; true, false; winners, losers; successes, Arianna Huffington, Co-Founder Huffington Post (designed by behappy.me) failures. Yet little in life is really that nice and tidy, despite how much we want it to be.

15 Hours: A Common Sense Action Blueprint for Congress

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What if our youth started to take government back? Well, it''s happening. Sam Gilman and Andrew Kaplan , college juniors started Common Sense Action in 2012 with one chapter. Now they have over 20 chapters in 15 states with AGE, The Agenda for Generational Equity to get their voice impacting policy.

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Light the Fire and Clear the Path

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In Jon Mertz’s new book, Activate Leadership: Aspen Truths to Empower Millennial Leaders , Jon talks about Soul Sparks: “Soul sparks are those small ignitions of inspiration that fan into big changes, new directions, or fresh works. They come from deep down inside.

Why CEOs have Liberal Arts Degrees

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Some of today's top CEOs were history, political science, sociology, chinese and music majors in college. They are leading global airline, chemical, healthcare, pharmaceutical, and financial companies, among others.

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Your Education Awaits! Get out of the Classroom!

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As a freshman, Nate Goodman decided one of the many ways he'd learn in college was outside the classroom, talking to those around him - peers, profs, alum, everyone. This way of learning is a long standing tradition most of us alum relied upon and it's great to see it continue.

I'm Standing Up, Not Leaning!

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I don’t lean in, lean out, lean sideways, lean back…I stand up straight. As a kid, my parents kept telling me to stand up straight and strong. It created an aura of confidence, self-assurance, and supposedly, it was better for your back.

Every Business Is (Or Should Be) a Social Business

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Mali Health Clinic. I believe the distinction between social and non-social business is a false dichotomy. And yet, it’s one we continually want to make.

The Transformative Power of Positive Leadership

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General John Michel of the U.S. Air Force has graciously written this post for my blog. To say I''m honored is an understatement. Michel is finishing his assignment as Commanding General (CEO) at NATO Air Training Command in Kabul, Afghanistan in a few weeks.

It's Not A Gap Year! It's An Education.

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Education is learning languages: the languages of words, music, math, art, chemistry, biology, etc. Education is learning paradoxes … and oxymorons. So let me highlight an oxymoron that is damaging our kids’ education: Lifelong Learning and Gap Year.

When Did Accountability Become Passé?

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From customers’ and suppliers’ viewpoint, Company X is fast growing, exciting, and high-energy. Inside, though, Diamantini & Domeniconi and designed by Tak Cheung it’s a tornado.

If You Haven’t Gone Social, You Should Be Very Very Worried

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Mark Babbitt and Ted Coiné have written a book you MUST read, A World Gone Social , if you don’t want to fall prey to Darwin’s survival of the fittest.

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Don’t Let Probable Trump Possible

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I don’t buy lottery tickets. Perhaps I should. When it’s the huge MegaMillions ® I think about it, but I don’t. Because, while it is definitely Possible that I could win, it’s not highly Probable.

5 Reasons these 3 Steps Will Get You Those Top 4 Results

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The Wizard of Oz © Turner Entertainment Co. We love lists. If we do these 3 things, everything will be alright: our customers will shower us with accolades, our employees will ooze engagement and innovation and we will be profitable beyond belief. It doesn't work that way.

The Time is Now to Become an Entrepreneur

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I met Ilan Saks through my education entrepreneur guru Aron Solomon who has never steered me wrong. Ilan , Founder of The Founder Project , is no exception and I can''t wait for The Founder Project to come stateside!

Changing One Thing Changes Everything

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Many of you are now familiar with the wisdom of my friend Jessica Esch. Her posts on this blog always get a ton of hits. I thought it was time you learned more about her, and how that could impact your organization.read, learn, and answer her question. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~.

Will You Leave a Mrk?

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I love my iPhone case! Do you? How many cases have you gone through? Me, a few.but this one is it. My nice blue Mrked case is the brainchild of 3 kids - yup, kids. Just your average college kids yet again deciding it''s their right to change the world.

January's Top 5 Posts

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The top 5 posts for January includes 1 from 4 months ago! Yes, Hanna McPhee'' s post on Design & Science is still a top post - as it should be!! Here are the top 5: Thank You for Your Service by Lt. Matthew Fritz ~ read, reread, be grateful! The Slippery Slope of Not Asking Why (me).

3 Simple Words to Revolutionize the World

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weeks til the magic of BIF2015. I am blessed with the gift of my network and can't wait to see my students and clients and friends and friends-to-be. Thank you Nicha Ratana-Apiromyakij & Saul Kaplan for this honor from TIME magazine.

This Seems Like a Lot of Work For a Free Banana

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This guest post is by my dear friend, Brian Sooy , who helped me raise my voice when I started on my own. His voice is powerful. So please read this post and his book, Raise Your Voice: A Cause Manifesto , if you want to change your business.and yourself. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~.

The Perks of Being an Amateur

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Another fabulous post by Caitie Whelan of Lightening Notes ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~. I like knowing stuff. I like knowing the ropes, talking shop, having the answers. I like being right. I also like Ray Bradbury. Mr. Bradbury didn’t go to college. He never got an MFA in writing.

How Do You Calculate ROI?

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Return on Investment (ROI), or the measurement of how effectively something will pay for itself, is a classic business metric. The calculation defines gain in financial terms. In today’s world, financial measures alone are too narrow. Revenue, profit, productivity, etc.

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An Animated Look at Scientific Illustration

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No matter what your profession or passion, design is a part of it, even the most STEM'y ones. Allison Chen , RISD '15, believes that scientific illustration is a definition of STEAM. and she's right!

The Upside of Impracticality: Or Why I Left Congress for Brooklyn

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Caitie Whelan recently gave up the prestigious job of a Senior Foreign Policy Advisor in Congress to move to Brooklyn, NJ and write. Yes, she hails from the great state of Maine). She wanted to make a dent in the universe (something she's done before). Read on. Be inspired. Think, ponder.

Death by Data

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Data isn’t important in decision-making. Shocking! Then why aren’t we shocked when someone says that all decisions must be totally data driven? Perhaps it depends what we mean by data, which is usually something quantitative.

Why Language Matters for Everything

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How many languages do you speak? Only 7% of American college kids study a language. Think this is a problem? It is a huge socio-economic-global-geopolitical-security one! Amelia Friedman didn't set out to start a business learning languages from her peers - like Bengali, Thai, Tamil. but she has.

What’s Your Leadership Narrative?

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In the midst of getting back from Bangkok, heading to Las Vegas and officially launching her new book, Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future , Dorie Clark took the time to guest post! As I mentioned in my review, this is a Must Read book for anyone at any stage in their career.

Create Your Own Luck

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You know how much I believe in serendipity & random collisions (a la Saul Kaplan !). Meet Samir Rath (bio below). I met Samir when he was in the 2nd cohort of the IE-Brown E-MBA while simultaneously investing and starting companies all over the world, including Chile, because, doesn''t everyone?

Dancing Your Way Through A Revolution

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Again I''m privileged to host the insights of an 21yr-old - Emily Goldman (Brown ''14) gives us life-time learnings on discernment, judgement, critical thinking and getting the facts for yourself.

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Intrapreneurship in "Social" Business

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I'm again privileged to have an incredible "kid" share his wisdom on the role of intrapreneurship in social business. It's becoming more accepted in 'regular' business so let's apply it to social as well. Allen Kramer , Brown '13, is going to change the world - so listen, learn, apply, iterate. __.

Coming: Dips, Rocks and Thunderstorm

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Joseph Pistrui'' s post from his blog really resonated with me and I thought it would with you! Jospeh is a friend, colleague and wise man. He diverse background and expertise gives him the credibilty to speak on our very dynamic world. So read on and please ponder.

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