30 April 2015

Rory Sutherland: Sweat the small stuff

I do not normally watch many talks by the same speaker but Sutherland is weaseling his way next to Malcolm Gladwell.

Sutherland discusses why businesses should focus on the small things, perhaps even more than the big things.

Rory Sutherland: Sweat the small stuff

21 April 2015

Rory Sutherland: Perspective is everything

Sometimes I hear someone present an idea and think, "Finally, someone else gets it." Sutherland's talk is one of those.

I have worked for a long time and in that time I have seen many, many business decisions. Some of which I thought were brilliant and some that I still wonder, "What were you thinking?" and, "Who thought that was a good idea?" and, my favorite, "I know that I am not nearly as 'old' and 'seasoned' as you but even I knew that would not work."

Sutherland talks about how it is common from creatives to have to get project approval from more rational people. He suggests that the opposite should also be true, "Well the numbers all seem to add up, but before I present this idea, I'll go and show it to some really crazy people to see if they can come up with something better."

Because so often the 'crazy people' can make a good, sound idea so much better without making it much more complicated.

Rory Sutherland: Perspective is everything

16 April 2015

Jack Horner: Building a dinosaur from a chicken

Horner is both humorous and enlightening as he describes his (and his team's) quest to make dinosaurs.

Jack Horner: Building a dinosaur from a chicken

P.S. Horner's work provided a foundation for much of Jurassic Park's cutting edge theories about dinosaur life. He also helped to consult on the movie.

02 April 2015

Stanley McChrystal: Listen, learn ... then lead

McChrystal shares lessons about leadership from his long military experience. It was particularly interesting to learn how 9/11 changed the military as a leadership organization.

Stanley McChrystal: Listen, learn ... then lead