Innovation and the Liberal Arts: Guest Post for Hillsdale College

Central Hall, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI Ah, guest posting. It’s something that you’re supposed to do as a blogger. They give you access to new, bigger audiences who are eager to find new authors. Sometimes I find the right outlet difficult. The economics of blogging allows your voice to be so niche and unique that the […]

What The Story of Polaroid Taught Me About Innovation

It’s been quiet on the blog — I have been hard at work in graduate school.  Fortunately, my program emphasizes topics like innovation and design thinking, ideas that are rife with applications to everyday life. And, over my 4th of July break I ran into a wonderful case study of design and innovation in Christopher Bonanos’s Instant: […]

Don’t Try to be Original

….just try to be good.  Man, I love this quote. It goes against so much we are taught. Find your niche, be unique: compete, compete, compete. This often results in impractical innovation over simple, beautiful utility.  You can see it everywhere, from architecture to your spreadsheet. Yes. Maybe all those functions aren’t necessary. Maybe they […]

The Confidence Interval Economy: Mistakes and Career

Excellent piece yesterday by Rob Collie at PowerPivotPro about seeing yourself as a Michelangelo of data. This is a topic that I discussed many times that I am totally on board with. I have argued to look at Excel as a medium of expression and a way to find beauty at your cubicle.  Rob points […]

Going back to school

I am returning to school this fall, to Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management (pictured above). This will be a doctorate in design and innovation with a concentration in information systems.  Of course I plan to keep the blog going and incorporate my studies into it.  Will that be as much Excel? Probably not. […]