The Biggest Leadership Lesson I Learned in 2016

After spending a few hours at a friend’s house playing dominoes on New Year’s Day, my friend asked me to drop a young lady home.

I said “Yes”, but only if she didn’t talk to me…

I was already grumpy that I was out late. I was equally grumpy that I hadn’t gotten over my stomach flu and was feeling queasy. And instead of a peaceful ride home, I now had to talk to someone for 30-minutes.

But I ended up having one of the best conversations that night…

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The Rise of the Digital Curator

Otherwise known as a content curation, content curator, or digital curation, the Digital Curator is a role that will become is important to a company or brand’s marketing department.

What is a Digital Curator?

First, I like the term Digital Curator over Content Curator because the former speaks to more than just content, but is specific to data that’s being generated digitally.

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Innovation Myth #4 – “I Don’t Have Any Original Ideas”

No idea is original. None. Whatever you’re thinking of, someone else is also thinking of it.

Inventions are original ideas. Think the lightbulb, the disposable razor, and the game of basketball.

But we’re not talking about inventions…

We’re talking about innovation. Innovation is the improvement of original ideas. And you, me, those in the back, in the middle, and in the front all have the same ideas.

Let me illustrate…

In 2004, I had a “rent your home’s parking spot” idea…

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Innovation Myth #3 – “Only White People, Millennials, or Rich Folks Can Innovate”

Some think that innovation can only be initiated by those who have the privilege to do so. If you’re white, or young, or rich, then you have the advantage to be a disrupter.

Think about it…

Who founded Facebook? A young white man. Who founded Apple or Microsoft? Young white men. Think of any great innovation and chances are, the person behind the idea is white, or young, or (perceived to be) wealthy.

You can’t blame people for thinking this way…

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Innovation Myth #1 – “I Need a Lot of Money to Innovate”

One myth that some have around innovation is that it takes a lot of start-up capital to implement a winning idea.

Yes, you will need to spend some money…

Whether it’s $10 to buy a domain name, $1,500 for a website, or $10,000 to build a native app, you will have to spend something to bring your idea to life.

Too often, we try to use our own money to fund our ideas…

We do for a number of reasons:

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These Books Will Help You Think Like a Futurist

I fully believe that when individuals take personal responsibility, good things happen. If choice is a divinely-inspired concept, then we must exercise that choice in all that we do.

Yes, we should follow some guidelines…

Otherwise there would be anarchy and chaos. But as we’ve recently seen with the election of a new American president, sometimes, breaking the rules will get you everything you want.

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