Posts Tagged ‘intuition’

The Trouble with Fact-based Innovation

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Here’s a fact for you: my most successful new product, out of well over a hundred that I’ve launched, had the worst qualitative and quantitative test results of anything I ever encountered. People hated it. Then it sold a quarter of a billion dollars in its first year. My second most successful new product, which won awards on three continents and became a 70-year-old company’s biggest new product ever, was similarly panned in early testing. Is there a pattern here?

The trouble with most innovation methodologies and processes is that they look for “facts” to guide decisions. Read the rest of this entry »

2 Comments » | Share this post: del.icio.us Stumble Upon Facebook Twitter

Numbers & Business: Whose Reality Is Reliable?

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Organizations mix “facts” into a tasty Kool-Aid that everyone drinks. How reliable is fact-based decision making? What is really real, and which reality should we believe?

Read the rest of this entry »

Leave a comment » | Share this post: del.icio.us Stumble Upon Facebook Twitter

Our Innate Irrationality

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Think you make decisions rationally? Pride yourself on your control of logic? Think again. Science is against you. Decades of research support the view that humans, including you, are biased towards irrationality. Some scientists even argue that evolution favors irrationality.

How can leaders make the best decisions, given they have logical blind spots?

Read the rest of this entry »

1 Comment so far » | Share this post: del.icio.us Stumble Upon Facebook Twitter

Facts, Intuition, and Errors

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Leadership is the art of balancing multiple priorities and multiple stakeholders with multiple needs. How do you strike the right balance for any decision? Turns out that making balanced decisions requires … balancing.

Read the rest of this entry »

Leave a comment » | Share this post: del.icio.us Stumble Upon Facebook Twitter

Tweets, Divination, and the Modern Executive:
A Stratagem for Mastering Information Overload

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Our 24/7 connectivity and its continuous assault on our intellect and senses has created information overload. Today’s leaders and solopreneurs must find coping mechanisms or drown in a sea of too-muchness. Fortunately, our ancestors had techniques that still apply.

My wife spent her childhood summers in isolated mountain villages in Lebanon, where Read the rest of this entry »

Leave a comment » | Share this post: del.icio.us Stumble Upon Facebook Twitter