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If we’d had more time, we could’ve done a better job…

By Chipp Norcross “If we’d had more time, we could’ve done a better job.” When a team has not created a solution they are satisfied with, blaming the time constraint they were forced to work within is the easy way out, rather than blaming themselves for not making the most of the time they had together. More time can make us lazy, less rigorous, less...

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How Google Glass and LensCrafters Will Finally Solve Our Collaboration Problem

By Chipp Norcross Last month, Google and Luxotica announced a new partnership that will likely put Google Glass in every mall in America over the next few years. While we all know Google, not everyone knows that Luxotica is a massive eyewear empire which counts Ray-Ban, Oakley, Ralph Lauren, Oliver Peoples and many more amongst the brands it designs, develops and ultimately sells at one...

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Why Change Should be Easy and it’s Hard – Creative Buddha

By Joe Giordano Change is here, and it is moving faster and on more dimensions than ever before. It is opening vast opportunities for growth and innovation on a global basis, and with it the comes the need to be agile and resilient.  So, how do leaders deal with this? Leaders are required to manage this inevitable change and to help employees through the transitions. And...

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3 Worth the Read on The Need for Creativity in Education

By Leo Boudreau It feels like our education system is reaching a tipping point.  There are so many areas of contention related to education and a high level of dissatisfaction with the results.  The issues stretch from the earliest preschool experiences through the debate as to whether a college education is worth it on a cost/benefit basis.  At the tipping point, we might see fundamental...

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How to Adjust to the Silver-Tsunami of Working Baby Boomers?

By Paul D. Roberts A couple of years ago there was a lot of discussion about “The Silver Tsunami”  – the aging of the Baby Boomers as they turn grey beyond their temples. The sheer numbers of Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) have made them a force to be reckoned with all through their existence.  Today, much of the Silver Tsunami discussion is...

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A strong Corporate Culture is the bedrock of Innovation

By Leo Boudreau When we think about what it takes to make a company more innovative so much of the discussion comes back to culture.  Virtually everyone talks about the importance of innovation and we all remember when annual reports were liberally sprinkled by some equivalent of “people are our most important asset”.  But it is almost impossible for innovation to take hold, survive, and...

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Trusting Your Gut As A Critical Ingredient For Creating Innovations

By Chipp Norcross Call it a hunch. An Instinct. Intuition. Following these kinds of “gut feelings” often lie behind the creation of great companies and great products that we love.  Steve Jobs is often held up as a leader who deeply trusted his gut, going so far as to say, “You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has...

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Biggest Take-Notice Non-Technical innovations of 2013

By Joe Giordano 2013 brought us so many new innovative solution, cool inventions, changes in the way we do things, economic growth (and not so much), big wins and some giant failures.  Because of this, I have spent the last few days thinking through what some of the biggest innovations of 2013 are in my opinion.  The list kept growing and growing because I seemed...

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Taking Teamwork Beyond Billy Beane’s Numbers

By Connie Williams How do teams work best?  How do you judge their potential for success? Billy Beane came to talk to a conference of a client of ours this past week.  The famous MoneyBall architect of assembling good, low cost baseball teams based on amazing statistical study and measurement spoke about data analysis and mining for decision making.  No doubt about the success of...

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4 Worth the Read

By Leo Boudreau It seems like every week there are significant discoveries about how the brain works and the impact that has on individual behavior.  These learnings will have a profound impact on managing as we learn more and more about how people respond to situations, stimulus and emotions.  Even more importantly, we may learn how little our management style impacts behavior and how much...

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George M. Prince Co-Founder of Synectics Interview

George M. Prince was the undeniable guiding light of Synecticsworld. His early work remains the core of everything we do today. Many of us have had the opportunity to know George and to learn and be guided directly. Many never have had the opportunity to meet George, but have been guided by his inspiration. He will always be our source of inspiration as we continue...

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Do you have the Right Concentration?

By Joe Giordano The eighth principle of the path, Right Concentration, refers to the development of a mental force that occurs in natural consciousness, although at a relatively low level of intensity, namely concentration. According to TheBigView.com, “Concentration in this context is described as one-pointedness of mind, meaning a state where all mental faculties are unified and directed onto one particular object.  Right concentration for...

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Joe Giordano – Executive in Residence at SNHU

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steve Boucher Director of Marketing & Communications Southern New Hampshire University 603.644.3158 (o), 603.340.8142 (c) s.boucher@snhu.edu WALTHAM, MA (October 7, 2013) – Synecticsworld and the School of Business at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) are happy to announce that Joseph Giordano, Principal at Synecticsworld, has been named Executive In Residence at SNHU. As a Principal with Synecticsworld, the expertise he will...

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Helping Innovation Survive the Budget Season

By Chipp Norcross When I hear a client tell me that they are in the midst of budget season, my heart instantly goes out to them. In my experience, budget season is like a bad game show (“Guess What Number I’m Thinking Of!”). The contestants arrive with great visions of how they want to grow their business in the coming year and leave with a...

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8 Steps to Create Change

There are several philosophies about the creation of wealth that state: find and follow your passion first and the money will follow in abundance. “If we realize change is more important than money, then money will come” Boyan Slat This was very prominent to me when I watched a recent TEDx Delft talk of 19-year-old inventor Boyan Slat (The Ocean Cleanup Foundation) presenting his moving and impactful...

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The 7th Path: Right Mindfulness

By Joe Giordano Right mindfulness, for me, is one of the key paths to Seeing the World With New Eyes™.  It provides us with a way to see ourselves differently so that we can begin to change our own behaviors and in so doing, help others do the same.  Seeing the world with new eyes is really about seeing and processing what is around us...