I was driving by myself in my car the other day, listening to music piped from my iPod as usual. It’s set to shuffle so I always get a changing playlist. Suddenly a tune from David Byrne, an old favorite, came bursting into my consciousness. Now, for those of you too young to remember, David was the brilliant founding member of critically acclaimed “Talking Heads”. He is a pure artist known for his quirky sound, mind bending lyrics and collaborations with the likes of Twyla Tharp and Brian Eno. And, if you don’t know who they are, then I am afraid you missed a lot of the “New Age,” experimental sound and modern dance history.Continue reading
Happy New Year! Three words oft repeated during the holiday season. A greeting to friends, family, and even strangers, it is heard so frequently as to appear vacuous or inane. Yet, upon reflection, there is so much more going on here psychologically. At least it appears that way to me.Continue reading
The Japanese are particular about things; they understand the “soul” of things.
We aim to develop products with soul. The idea that products have soul is perhaps only understand by the Japanese, the French and the Italians. The reason why the Japanese understand it is, I think, because they have such a long history of tradition. There are Japanese craftsmen who spend years perfecting lacquerware. Others protect the 1,500 year tradition of using red dye from the safflower. Others still are attempting new experiments using 21st century technology with traditional colors. And there are many people who are called “living national treasures”. The Japanese are particular about things. They like to embark on new adventures and think about the next idea while still retaining the soul of things. Of course, not all consumers are “living national treasures”. But this kind of thing is understood at DNA level. The Japanese are sensitive to things. They understand the goodness of our products, beyond their appearance or brand image. And for that reason, I think they are an important market for us.Continue reading
Entrepreneur’s define tomorrow and understand today. They live both forwards and backwards. Entrepreneurs invest themselves in making the tomorrow they care about. They imagine a reality and expect more than others think possible.
How many people do you know could reinterpret Drucker, the management guru, and make his work relevant again? That writer would have to be brilliant, would have to be a guru of sorts themslef!Continue reading
During my years at Arrow Electronics, I met many talented people. One of those was Tom Thorson, an incredibly capable Communications Executive, who surrounded himself with really talented creative types. He ran some of the most motivating and entertaining meetings (which were especially important when you are trying to Jazz up over 1000 people during a merger kick-off).Continue reading
Every parent wants to be proud of the accomplishments of their children. And proud I was of mine, so proud that I used the first piece on this new site to reflect on how I felt when our thirteen year old returned from her mission trip and informed us over our dinner about her new endeavor. She had seen a movie about the children of Uganda – “Invisible children”, and was so touched, she was compelled to do something for them.Continue reading