Take the Gold for Problem Solving — Olympic Style

This blog often shares perspectives on innovation and leadership, traits we see in spades during the Olympics. As this Winter Olympics unfolds in China, though, let’s discuss the awesome problem-solving skills of the Olympians and what we can apply to our own business endeavors. The performances of Olympic athletes can seem unbelievable. Part of the joy of watching the Games is seeing these amateur athletes accomplish seemingly super-human feats. As we all admire the commitment and dedication…


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Aaron Rodgers: The QB & Creativity, Innovation and Evolution        

With the American football (not Fußball) season coming to an end towards the playoffs, there are many articles about who will win, etc.  My focus, however, is on creativity, innovation, and evolution. According to Conor Orr, in a Sports Illustrated cover story, Aaron Rodgers is the leader in all three of these. To fully appreciate Rodgers, Orr argues we need to “think of the quarterback as a species onto itself.” Consider how the positions around the QB have changed over the past 20 – 30…


Wearables & Drones for Process Safety    

  It has been difficult to conduct onsite business during the pandemic, but we all must adjust and innovate to meet client’s needs. Fortunately, digital technology is offering us many alternative ways to ensure process safety. In this blog, I’ll discuss what I’ve seen so far with wearable technology and drones. Wearable technologies have seen rapid growth during the pandemic. They are lightweight, safe, and cost-effective devices that can help improve operational efficiencies, speed-up…


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"And the Oscar goes to"...the power of critical thinking

So, you may ask, why is P&ID blogging about the Oscars?  Please have patience and let me explain. I promise to connect the little golden statue and octopus creativity to the power of critical thinking. In November 2019, I blogged about Creativity and Lessons Learned from Octopuses.  In this blog, we talked about how octopuses are creative, intelligent creatures who can problem solve and are masterful mimics. They can even change the texture of their skin to better hunt and evade predators.…


Innovation and Leadership in Unusual Times: Learning from History

  We are all facing the most unusual time and trying to figure out how to vaccinate billions of people. There are many smart people coming up with new ideas to lead this effort. With innovation and leadership, I am sure that we will succeed. Let us go back to the winter of 1925 in Nome, a remote Alaskan territory about 160 miles from the Arctic Circle. Nome had, at the time, 1,400 residents and one doctor. This doctor examines a boy complaining of labored breathing. He suspects…