The Gilligan Effect

Have you ever told your team “OK let’s brainstorm…” and then the free flow of great ideas didn’t exactly flow?  Maybe the environment or timing was not quite right.  Maybe the presence of  executives made it too risky to share freely.  Maybe you just needed a good dose of the Gilligan Effect. There’s a good chance…

The smoking monkey

Summertime in the 70’s offered a kid several advantages over kids growing up today. You could ride your bike anywhere you wanted to, stay out all day, and blow stuff up with fireworks.  Oh yeah, they were legal.  Someone’s older brother always had access to cherry bombs, roman candles and bottle rockets, and we would…

Launching and driving

How much time and money does your company spend launching new products or sales campaigns?  So much effort goes into a successful launch… the planning, the collaborative brainstorming, the creative energy, the detailed follow-through and the big launch training event.  There’s nothing like an immovable date on the calendar to drive action and agreement to…

Brother Max

“You’re aaaallll sinners! Repent before it’s too late!!”  I turned to see where the voice was coming from.  I was late for my freshman psychology lecture, but I had to see what was going on.  There in the middle of the grass mall was a large circle of 50 students with a skimmer straw hat…