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Lugar – A “Heavy and Difficult” World in 2015

Is it possible to be pragmatic with a “heavy and difficult” outlook and be convincingly optimistic at the same time? From a world largely engulfed in recession to nuclear weapons to Ebola to democratic reform, such was the content of remarkable and insightful presentations (made without notes) that former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar delivered in December. Apart from its traditional innovation capacity, Lugar said it is time for U.S. leaders – current and future ones –…

Scoring the win – driving innovative R&D with SBIRs

Working on commercializing your great idea? Striving to create a new culture of innovation and R&D in your organization? In today’s financial environment, the federal government – and to a certain extent, Indiana state government and related public-private partnerships – are willing to absorb some development risk and help pony up first, second and third stage funding to drive innovation in critical area. Through the Small Business Innovation Grant (SBIR) and related programs, small and…

2015 Economic Development – If You Don’t Stand Out, You Don’t Stand a Chance

How can you improve your city or region’s chances to stand out with key site selectors and relocation professionals? Incredibly competitive, thousands of high-energy and targeted efforts instantly materialize whenever a site search is made public. Right now, as you read this, relocation professionals are sifting through hundreds, perhaps thousands of potential cities or regions to assemble a “short list” of possible sites that might match future needs of their company or organization. How does…

2015 – Grow Your Company with Transformational Leadership

Want to lead your company, your organization to the next level? What are the key drivers or leadership attributes? Industry knowledge? Financial acumen? Extraordinary charisma? What differentiates a decent manager apart from a leader of greatness, a person who catapults ordinary companies into legendary entities of destiny? Surprisingly, every year we intellectually bump right into these qualities around Thanksgiving time. Technically, the whole holiday season actually centers right on these critical, transformational assets. But with…

2015 – The Rise of People-based Marketing & Thumb-Stopping Creative

Marketing is coming full circle. And that changes everything. You obviously may have heard that before. So why is that now believable and what does that mean for you, particularly as it’s showtime for budgets and strategy? (Hint: what do your prospects and customers check more than 100 times a day and generally spend up to 25% of their available time on?) Yes, we’re talking mobile device strategy. Smartphones, tablets and the like – all…

Want to Be a High-impact Leader?

Want to grow your company or organization with high-impact leadership? Here’s a binary question set for you: Do you have to lead by coercion, whipping people into shape to get things done? Or are your employees truly engaged with your vision and your company’s goals and reason “why”? Harvard Business Review recently published an insightful piece titled “What Makes Someone an Engaging Leader.” It’s a short read, but like its subject, its high impact. Allow…

Advertisers, Ignore at Your Peril – Five Ways Your Profession Is/Has Changed

Buy some space or time, write some copy, bust up an ad on InDesign (or in Final Cut), and away you go. Steve Jobs built Apple in a garage, so why can’t you? So rake it in and repeat? Nope. And for sure not halfway through the second decade of the 21st century. Advertising, marketing and PR (and all other platforms) are changing. Maybe they’ve been changing all along, but now, as the pundits wisely…

Indiana Energy Innovation – High School Style

When one opens up a copy of the Economist magazine, one does not expect to see a full-page ad from Shell touting the superb innovation chops of Evansville Mater Dei High School. The front section four-color ad (which also appeared in Sept. 6 Time magazine) profiled the Evansville school for building a prototype lightweight energy car that achieved an astonishing 2,471 miles to the gallon! Apparently the Evansville private school in southern Indiana took home…

Steve Jobs, Purdue, and the Best One Can Be

“Focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” So said the late Steve Jobs, CEO extraordinaire, way back before iPhones, iPads or much of “I” anything. Remarkably, in the same 1998 interview with BusinessWeek, Jobs outlined Apple’s comeback in a way that hardly reflects…

Disruptive Innovation, Hughes R&D style

Innovation. A living dichotomy that can represent either critical differentiation or a meaningless slogan. Every company wants its transformational capacity, but at the same time, as Wired magazine noted, “Innovation has become the buzzword of the decade in the worlds of business and education.” So then, what constitutes real innovation? Truly innovative companies and innovative people make things happen. They push transformation and positive development. They create products and services that change how we live.…

 

Lugar – A “Heavy and Difficult” World in 2015

Is it possible to be pragmatic with a “heavy and difficult” outlook and be convincingly optimistic…

Scoring the win – driving innovative R&D with SBIRs

Working on commercializing your great idea? Striving to create a new culture of innovation and…

2015 – Grow Your Company with Transformational Leadership

Want to lead your company, your organization to the next level? What are the key…