Monday, November 30, 2009

Putting fitness on the map

I've been really excited to be able to launch the health industry's first twitter monitoring tool - the Tweet Positioning System. Thousands of people have used it to track online conversations that are important to them - in real time - and with geographic relevance.

Now we're taking it up a notch, though. Instead of hoarding all of that valuable data, you can share your searches with the world ... on your blog, your facebook page, etc. So I'm launching a new permanent* feature on CHIMOOSE TALKS NONSENSE ... the "TPS Search of the Day**." My inaugural search is for Twit2Fit, an online fitness community that I've been a part of for the last several months. It was a community that had its start right here in Louisville, but has now quite clearly gone national.

So your call to action, dear readers, is manifold.
  1. Be sure to run your favorite search at myTPSreport.com (don't forget to save it! There's a button below the map!), then post the widget on your blog (yes, there is ANOTHER button below the map for that!). More widgets (including a sidebar widget) will be available over the coming weeks.
  2. Check out Twit2Fit and think about joining up; it's been good to have that online encouragement in my fitness program
  3. Check back often to Chimoose Talks Nonsense for the featured TPS search of the day; I'll do what I can to keep it interesting!
* In this context, "permanent" should be interpreted as "as long as it amuses me to maintain the status quo"
** In this context, "search of the day" should be interpreted as "the most recent search I happened to put out there" rather than any reference to any actual time period

Monday, November 9, 2009

Native American Bunny with Bow and Arrow

One of my kindergartner's more creative subjects. I'm glad that she has chosen to focus on aboriginal bunnies vs the European imports.

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

What's Thwarting American Innovation?


Those of you who know me, know that I grew up "corporate." Over the years I've acquired a passion for helping businesses grow and transform. And I have had some great opportunities to do that at companies like Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), Braun Consulting (now a division of Fair Isaac) and Humana.

After working for the last two years under Jack Lord and Grant Harrison in Humana's innovation center, I have totally changed the way that I think about growth and transformation ... and about innovation. I was intrigued by a headline in Fast Company this week ... "What's Thwarting American Innovation? Too Much Science, Says Roger Martin." The headline caught my eye for two reasons ... first, I knew that my colleague Miguel Encarnação, PhD, would hate it. As he already considers me a Philistine of the first order, I forwarded it to him for the sheer entertainment value of his reaction (I wasn't disappointed). The second reason is that I had the opportunity to hear Roger Martin speak at the Business Innovation Factory's 5th annual collaborative innovation summit last month.

Roger's warning for American business is not against science ... far from it. His warning is that innovation doesn't necessarily come from America's vaunted MBA mills (McKinsey is called out specifically in the article - though I certainly have nothing against McKinsey).
"The business world is tired of having armies of analysts descend on their companies," he says. "You can't send a 28-year-old with a calculator to solve your problems."
While I think that Mr. Martin (it's really, really hard not to call him "Dean Martin" a la "Back to School") is a little rough on the big strategy firms, he does have a point: Their job, and their foundation, is not innovation. Innovation comes from a completely different place. I've had great experiences working with McKinsey and other strategy firms, but I haven't asked them to design any products for me. And Martin's argument is that design thinking is much more important to teach for companies who are truly trying to differentiate themselves and drive long-term competitive advantage.

I have a feeling that there's a lot more to say on this subject (I may just turn a book review of Martin's tome into a series of blog posts), but in the meantime I can send you back to my favorite personal example of how design thinking (rather than "corporate strategy") changed the way my team at Humana approached innovation: "Why wellness doesn't work" from the CrumpleItUp.com blog.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Featured Social Network - 12seconds.tv

Hey, everybody! I am really excited (and a little nervous) to be co-hosting the Quick 'n' Dirty podcast with Jennifer Leggio tonight on Blog Talk Radio (http://bit.ly/1CPXXr).
As always, there will be a "featured social network of the week" - and this week, it's 12seconds.tv. I haven't done a ton with it, but I am impressed by how easy they're making video sharing. I decided it would be a good idea to do a little mini-promo on 12seconds in advance of the show.
Be sure to tune in tonight at 3pm PST/6 EST.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

We love Google

During my latest trip to Mountain View, I had the chance to visit the Google Store on campus (much like every google product, it claims to be in "beta." Cute.) Anyway, I am just geeky enough to buy google-wear, so I came home with stuff for my team at work (@naimul and @hallicious each got a shirt) AND for my family.

Here are E and I showing off our swag.

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