Igniting Growth

Crowd Sourcing versus Community Building

Friday, September 27, 2013

Crowd Sourcing is all the rage. Loans, venture capital, logos, they are all capable of being sourced from strangers, thanks to the power of technology.  It is enticing. Yet, crowds are collections of invisible, unseen people who don't know each other.  They don't have a deeper connection with one another.  In today's fast moving world, if you are just a member of a crowd, it can be lonely.  After all, "crowds push and shove to get personally ahead" as Doug Ulman of Livestrong says.  He also notes "isolation is fatal and shrinks possibilities".  In community, however, you are not alone.  You "look them in the eye and shake hands" so that you all move forward together.  Social Media can offer both crowd and community opportunities. You can be part of a crowd that "likes" something or part of a community such as alumni pages or custom communities of common interest and dialog. ..

Inspirations from BIF9

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Last week I traveled to Providence, Rhode Island to spend a couple of days at BIF9 with "innovation junkies" to share stories about Innovation.  It was thought provoking and inspirational.  Over the next several weeks, my blogs will be inspired by these stories. ..

21st Century Leadership...Lessons from Design Thinking

Friday, September 13, 2013

Leaders today need additional skills for the changing world they face.  The tools of the 20th century are incomplete when you consider the speed of the flat world and the vexing challenges we confront.  I think there are 3 key tools for leaders to add into their toolkit:  Framing, Empathy, Curiosity. ..

Design Thinking and Lean Six Sigma...Kissing Cousins

Friday, September 06, 2013

Recently, I attended a training class to learn more about Lean Six Sigma. I had heard of it often from my manufacturing and engineering friends; and when they would ask how design thinking was similar or different, I was stumped. After all, they sound similar--both are about making things better, improvement, innovation even.  So, I attended my training with wide eyes and ears hoping to learn the answer to such a simple question.  I was pleased to see that Design Thinking and Lean Six Sigma were “kissing cousins,” philosophically similar, yet unique. Here is what I deduced: ..

Name Calling

Thursday, August 15, 2013

What’s in a name? ..

Meeting vs. doing

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

How much time do you spend in meetings? ..

Car Caché .... prototyping and curiosity at its best!

Monday, July 22, 2013

If you are like me, there are many times a day when I question why something works the way it does (or doesn’t work). Little annoyances that I accept as "the way it is" present themselves to me.  These moments represent innovation potential, if you activate this passive curiosity and pair it with prototyping and exploration as one mom I know did. ..

On Empathy: Why Should You Care?

Sunday, June 30, 2013

I love Tire Discounters.  How can that be?  ..

Igniting Growth

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Welcome to my inaugural post of my new business blog, Igniting Growth. I have participated in social media for a number of years and even had a personal blog, but this is my first foray into professional blogging.  I hope that you find the posts inspiring and useful and I hope to learn from you too as you react and respond. ..


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