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Anyone Can, and This One Does

Jack Andraka a 15-year-old student from Maryland, came up with a paper sensor that detects pancreatic cancer 168 times faster than current tests. It’s also 90% accurate, 400 times more sensitive, and 26,000 times less expensive than today’s methods. In short: It’s a lot better. Andraka was inspired to focus on pancreatic cancer because a  More

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5 Must-Read Week(day) Reading

Because I am a bit heads-down working on my 2nd book title (for Harvard Press, out in the fall), I have only a few words of my own to spare. Instead, here are some words and ideas from others… 5 that I find worth sharing. Openness Matters. Thomas Friedman wrote a column in Sunday’s NYT  More

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Resilient Organizations & Open Networks

In Philip Auserwald’s recent book, The Coming Prosperity, he mentioned that open networks beat closed networks and larger networks beat smaller networks. As regular readers know, I’ve been talking about similar ideas in the fast/fluid/flexible series on business models. His set of ideas provoked me into asking a series of questions to and with Philip  More

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Advice to Writers

When I was in grad school, I had this habit to clean the house to avoid the act of studying. I would study with some amount of focus for 20 minutes, and then go scrub the tub and so on. Someone could have created a barometer of sorts for how near it was to Test  More

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The Synergist; Valuing All the Roles

In his most recent book Les McKeown mentioned that work teams needed to include the three different roles of visionary, operator, and processor. I was struck by this set of definitions and how useful they are. In my own experience of working with teams, it seems that almost everyone values the role of visionary when  More

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