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Gamification is a two-edged sword. Gamification represents both danger and opportunity. But first, what is “gamification”?
According to IT Research and Advisory firm, Gartner, “Gamification is the use of game design and game mechanics to engage a target audience to change behaviors, learn new skills or engage in innovation.” For me, gamification involves the seamless use of game strategies, tactics, and tools to entertainingly…
About a week ago, the startup world got ablaze from reading Steve Blank’s blog post, “A New Way to Look at Competitors.” In the blog post, Blank notes that the traditional Competitive Graph – which focuses on differentiating offerings of “Our Company” vs. “Our Competitors” - is “inappropriate for startups or existing companies creating new markets.” Blank goes on to offer a Petal Diagram which places a given company (startup) in…Continue
There’s only one answer as to why an object dies. My hypothesis is that living organisms die or become extinct when their supersystems (ecosystems) fail to create and manage Red Ocean Disruption teams that rapidly discover and solve BUMPs. In simple terms, organisms die because of “non-problem solving.” The late science philosopher, Karl Popper, expressed this point succinctly when he said, “All life is problem solving.” Popper…Continue
Over 90% of startups go bankrupt within a year. The main reason is that targeted customers buy few or no “visionary” products and services that are originally described in traditional business plans. Many entrepreneurs and startups are conscientiously using Waterfall Planning and Execution to build products and services that customers do not value. So, how are we solving the problem of cost-effectively translating bold visions and…Continue
"When people's Leaps of Faith are validated by reality, they are celebrated as Visionaries.
When people's Leaps of Faith never come to fruition, they are dismissed as Lunatics or Assholes."
*** 'Leap of Faith' is a phrase commonly attributed to the Danish Philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard, who is one of my favorite philosophers. Kierkegaard once said, "Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." How wise! It is only after living that…