Motivation Techniques

I posted 13 Motivation Techniques on Sources of Insight today.  Motivation is key to your results.  You can have the best skills in the world, but if you don’t have the motivation, you won’t get things done.  It’s one thing to get inspired by others, it’s another to be able to inspire yourself.  Sometimes even…


Microsoft Application Architecture Guide 2.0 Impact

It’s a platform, a playbook, and a language for application architecture. At a high level, that’s how I think about our patterns & practices Application Architecture Guide and Application Architecture KB. The work has become a focal point both internally and externally as a playbook for the Microsoft application platform.  It’s less of a guide,…


Michael Michalko on Sources of Insight

I’m honored to have a guest post from author Michael Michalko on Sources of Insight.   The theme behind Source of Insight is "stand on the shoulders of giants" and Michael is one of my heroes.  He’s one of the world’s top creativity experts and author of bestsellers  THINKERTOYS, Thinkpak: A Brainstorming Card Deck, and Cracking…


The Enterprise of the Future

While researching the future, I came across IBM’s Global CEO Study: The Enterprise of the Future.  It’s a compilation and distillation of insights from more than 1,130 CEOs, general managers, and senior public sector and business leaders from around the world.  I think of it as a set of "hot spots" for today’s CEOs and…


Eight Big Trends

Note: This article is updated at Jim Carroll on 8 Big Trends. While researching the future, I came across the free E-Book, What Comes Next? A Trends Perspective for Our Future, by Jim Carroll.  I think Jim shined the light on some very key trends that are reshaping and redefining today’s business. The 8 Trends…


Lessons Learned in 2008

I posted my Lessons Learned in 2008 on Sources of Insight.  2008 was a pretty insightful year for me.  I met a lot of great people, read a lot of books, and learned a lot along the way.  I recapped my top 10 lessons here. Top Ten Lessons for 2008 Adapt, adjust, or avoid situations….