Understanding the Gen Z Effect

One of the most challenging sociodemographic dynamics facing business owners is literally one for the ages: how to deal with the “new generation” of customer, partners, investors, and employees.

Leadership Vertigo: A Chat With Tanveer Naseer

Whenever I travel to speaking engagements or strategy/innovation sessions, I try to connect with people with whom I’ve had some sort of idea exchange. Last week I traveled to Montreal to keynote at a large quality conference, and my schedule permitted me the time to meet up with Tanveer Naseer, coauthor of a unique leadership […]

HOOKED: Nir Eyal on Habit-Forming Products

If you look at a photo of a crowded New York City sidewalk at rush hour today, and compare it to one from, say, eight years ago, you’ll notice a big difference. While some of the people in the first photo may be looking down, in the photo taken today, everyone would be looking down […]

How Mighty Is Your Midsized Company?

Of the more than 10,000 business books that are published each year, few, if any, focus their attention on the all-but-forgotten midsized company. Armfuls of books on startups and Fortune-level organizational practices won’t help a business moving into young adulthood. “There are almost 200,000 companies today with revenues between $10 million and $1 billion—midsized, as defined by […]

ZERO TO ONE: The Interview

When Stanford law student Blake Masters decided in the Spring of 2012 to enroll in undergraduate computer science class CS183 and post his class notes on his Tumblr blog, little did he know they would become an internet sensation. Masters wasn’t so much interested in computer science, but rather in startups, and CS183 featured a […]

Two Brains Are Better Than One

There’s a lot to like about Joshua Wolf Shenk’s brand new book, Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs, especially if you’re a fan of books with a theme that breaks with conventional wisdom in a counterintuitive way. Rather than take the path most traveled by treatments on creativity and innovation, […]