Juan Ponce de León spent his life searching for the fountain of youth. I have spent mine searching for the ideal daily routine. But as years of color-coded paper calendars have given way to cloud-based
His saga is the entrepreneurial creation myth writ large: Steve Jobs cofounded Apple in his parents’ garage in 1976, was ousted in 1985, returned to rescue it from near bankruptcy in 1997, and by the he
Creative thinkers don’t always thrive in structured environments. So how can companies put them to good use? In 1905, the German microbiologist Robert Koch won a Nobel Prize in medicine for discovering
Suppose you’re evaluating a job candidate to lead a new office in a different country. On paper this is by far the most qualified person you’ve seen. Her responses to your interview questions are flawless.
Pull your phone out of your pocket, press a button, and almost any wish can be granted. Call it what you want: an iPhone, a Samsung Galaxy, a Nexus… when you boil it down to its core, it’s a genie in little
Some people make giving look effortless. They’re the kind of people who bring donuts on Friday mornings and don’t think twice before helping overwhelmed colleagues, even if it means they end up working
Coming up with creative ideas is easy; selling them to strangers is hard. All too often, entrepreneurs, sales executives, and marketing managers go to great lengths to show how their new business plans
James Graham According to legend, around 550 BC, Croesus, the king of Lydia, held one of the world’s earliest prediction tournaments. He sent emissaries to seven oracles to ask them to foretell what he
Design thinking has come a long way since I wrote about it here in 2008. The most valuable company in the world places design at the center of everything it does. Designers are on the founding team of
There’s a shift under way in large organizations, one that puts design much closer to the center of the enterprise. But the shift isn’t about aesthetics. It’s about applying the principles of design to
It’s one thing to create a great looking product that’s easy to use. It’s another to create a great experience that continues to improve, delight, and expand in scope over time. The first is user experience.