Explorations

Human behavior, storytelling, and more.

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What movie cliches can teach you about becoming a better writer

Moviegoers love a nice cliché. At least, if ticket sales for superhero comic films are any indication.

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storytelling

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Storytellers: Make Your Audience Feel Smart

The other day, I was struck by a quote I read. It was in a blog post about vulnerability by Adam Grant (Wharton professor and author of Originals)....

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storytelling

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Ben Franklin's Secret Method To Becoming A Better Writer

When Benjamin Franklin was a boy, he yearned for a life at sea. This worried his father, so the two toured the various trades in 18th-century Boston...

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How To Think Differently: The Smartcuts Framework

By definition, it's easy to think of obvious ideas.

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Using The Scientific Method To Spark Lateral Thinking

As we discussed in Part 1 of my Smartcuts explainer series on how to use lateral thinking, it's not easy to think differently than we already think.

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Thinking From First Principles: A Starting Point For Innovative Problem-Solving

Classic entrepreneurs and inventors tend to talk a lot about "thinking from first principles." But what does that actually mean? And how do you...

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Strategic Questioning For Lateral Thinking

Part 4 of the Lateral Thinking / Smartcuts explainer series dives into one of my favorite innovation techniques: using strategic questioning to spark...

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The Dream Teams Framework: A Primer For Leaders

Explorations > Teamwork > the dream teams framework   The Dream Teams framework was created by Shane Snow in 2018, and originally...

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storytelling for change

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Leading Change Management Through The Power Of Storytelling

explorations > Teamwork > Trust   In March 2020, the consulting firm Odgers Berndtson asked 2,000 senior executives at $50mm+...

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teamwork purpose

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How Purpose drives Teamwork

explorations > Teamwork > Purpose   In the early days of the startup company I co-founded in 2010, when my partners and I first...

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