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Calling all Hungry Minds!

About 5 years ago I started an offline meetup where me and a friend would each invite an interesting person to teach us something; I called it the Hungry Minds. It started as intellectual networking and just learning from someone else; there is no business card exchange. But it evolved into a brainstorm and support group. For example, we asked ourselves some of the following questions:

How Do You Fight Cognitive Bias So That You Can Be Open To All Avenues Of The Future?

what you know limits what you can imagineEvery once in a while I get emails from business people and students asking for advice on all types of challenges they’re facing. A recent one has to do with brainstorming for innovation, specifically how to fight cognitive bias so the group can be open to all avenues of the future.

If You Can’t Out-Think, Out-Care

care moreRecently I had some issues with one of the internal fans on mi laptop, which will turn 5 years old in November; so I’m not surprised one of the fans stopped working properly. The problem is the internal components no longer exist because my laptop is a late 2012 model of the HP 15 Envy. So what did I do?

Is Empathy Overrated?

is empathy overrated?Is empathy overrated? As I posted a few weeks ago, empathy is the greatest creator of human energy; so I don’t believe it to be overrated. Still, there are those who believe too much empathy is not good. One of those people is Psychologist and author Paul Bloom, who wrote a book about the topic. I’ve found it interesting and have been reading and listening to his counter arguments to empathy; the main argument is it’s narrow, biased and therefore puts it ahead of rational thinking.

Time, Energy and Attention Are The Only Things We Invest That We Can’t Get Back

Remember that time energy and attention are the only things we invest and can't get back so use them wisely

Here’s a typical scenario…

You’re an employee at a large organization, have been there for a while. You see opportunities to make things better, you talk to people, some doors open then they close. You’re frustrated because you can’t make progress. You start thinking about all the ways everything could be better if you only had a chance to apply your ideas.

Does this sound familiar?

Contrarian Mindset: The Courage to Be Wrong

do you have the courage to be wrong? A couple of months ago I republished a list of all the ways Misfits (innovators) are misunderstood in the workplace and what they want from their boss to be able to get along with them. It got a great deal of attention immediately after I published it, many Misfits empathized with the list; non-misfits probably didn’t.

So for all of you non-misfits, today I’m going to elaborate on a key attitude of a Misfit: being a contrarian.

We Need To Think About Failure Differently To Drive Innovation

Mistakes aren’t a necessary evil. They aren’t evil at all. They are an inevitable consequence of doing something new

Yesterday I gave a talk to Foxconn employees and Directors about culture and how it drives innovation. A good way to frame culture is like this: what you reward and what you punish.

With that said, turn your attention to the following tweet: