Our Best Opportunities May Be With The Team We Have

Our Best Opportunities May Be With The Team We Have
In 2003, when Nidec bought Sankyo Seiki Manufacturing, an industrial robot maker based in the foothills of the Japanese Alps, the company was headed for a $280 million loss, its third bad year in a row.  Twelve months after the acquisition closed, it had $178...
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Train or Just Hire The Best?

Train or just hire the best
“In the early days, we had no choice but to hire rejects …. Nobody else would come. But we trained the hell out of them, and they became great.” Employees who’ve graduated from top business schools such as Harvard and MIT are incompetent when it...
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Lessons Learned From Finally Using Medical Big Data

Lessons Learned From Finally Using Medical Big Data
Several Boston hospitals began building that platform in 2004 to enable researchers to query vast databases of patients’ electronic health records, letting them study treatment outcomes …. “We could say, ‘I’m looking for age-50 Asian females who were treated with stage III breast cancer,’ …...
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Nobody Is Healthy, You Just Need To Be Tested More

Nobody Is Healthy You Just Need To Be Tested More
“As my internist friend likes to say, ‘Nobody’s healthy — they just haven’t been tested enough,’” says Nigel Paneth, a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at Michigan State University. Hacking the Human OS, IEEE Spectrum, June 2015. I love data.  Once I started to collect...
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The Rapid Adoption Of Change — Takes Time

The Rapid Adoption Of Change Takes Time
I found a great insight, that doesn’t show up that often, in the following article in my research archives.  Robert Holler, the CEO of VersionOne (an Agile vendor) was quoted: “I think there might have been this anticipation five years ago that agile would take...
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Lessons Learned From Slow Economic Growth

Lessons Learned From Slow Economic Growth
The expansion’s modest pace has kept inflation down, allowing the Fed to hold its target for short-term interest rates near zero since 2008. Moderate growth also means that the U.S. has avoided debt-driven excesses that can bring an upswing to an abrupt halt, as happened...
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We Have To Find A Way To Learn From Winning

We Have To Find A Way To Learn From Winning
“You have to find a way to learn from winning,” said Brad Frost, women’s hockey coach at Minnesota.”It’s a lot easier to lose and learn.”  Frost’s team racked up victory after victory in 2013.  Without any losses to reflect on, though, Frost decided to rethink...
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Is Negativity Really Awesome?

Is Negativity Really Awesome
Last March, Rocky King, executive director of Oregon’s health insurance exchange, predicted that Cover Oregon was about to become the pride of the state. “This is an incredible project” he told … a local health-care news site. … “The state of Oregon is leading the...
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Of Bicycles And Kanban

Of Bicycles And Kanban
How the economy works, to me, is kind of like riding a bicycle.  You have to keep it going forward for it to work correctly.  If everyone in the economy stopped buying and selling, then just like a bicycle when we stop peddling, things stop...
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