Structure in Threes: Business Design and Reengineering


Daniel Montano:

From the blog: Brian’s Blog

Originally posted on Brian's Blog:

The last round of brainstorming tightened up my thinking around the methodology.  Like all engineering endeavors I needed to identify the beginning point for creating the enterprise.  Most of the business model approaches are just that.  They document the existing and while that is necessary, is that sufficient?  When I’ve attended workshops focused on business models, often it ends up around optimization rather than innovation.  The strategy and planning methodology I devised and fielded for other corporations was purposely limited, because at that time these corporation’s business models were deemed untouchable.  Even though several people could see its useful life was coming to an end.  Secondly, reengineering a business model it difficult for most in management positions…their mentality is around optimizing the status quo.  Not a blame, it how they were successful and how they are managed in most corporations today.

The brainstorm I had the other day was along the lines I…

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At Last! Scientific Proof that Writing is Good For You


Daniel Montano:

From the blog: Ellie Herman coaching

Originally posted on Ellie Herman coaching:

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So I was slurping up cereal over my keyboard, figuring that Lucky Charms on your keyboard are the new power breakfast, when my daughter’s friend Fiona Doherty appeared in my office waving an article from the New York Times that she thought I might find interesting.

Even though a raft of scientific studies have conclusively proven that multitasking can damage your career and your brain, I started skimming the article while answering emails because Fiona is a fabulous person and I did not want to be rude.  But after about five seconds, I stopped multitasking and just read the article full-out.

Reader, it rocked my world. 

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Three types of uncertainty that you (probably) overlook


Daniel Montano:

From the Blog Eight to Late. Written by: Kailash Awati

Originally posted on Eight to Late:

Introduction – uncertainty and decision-making

Managing uncertainty - deciding what to do in the absence of reliable information – is a significant part of project management and many other managerial roles. When put this way, it is clear that managing uncertainty is primarily a decision-making problem. Indeed, as I will discuss shortly, the main difficulties associated with decision-making are related to specific types of uncertainties that we tend to overlook.

Let’s begin by looking at the standard approach to decision-making, which goes as follows:

  1. Define the decision problem.
  2. Identify options.
  3. Develop criteria for rating options.
  4. Evaluate options against criteria.
  5. Select the top rated option.

As I have pointed out in this post, the above process is too simplistic for some of the complex, multifaceted decisions that we face in life and at work (switching jobs, buying a house or starting a business venture, for example). In such cases:

  1. It may be difficult to identify all options.
  2. It…

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Problem Solving Tips: Patterning, framing and the astronaut’s pen …


Originally posted on The Homa Files:

Excerpted from Think Better

Among the many discoveries NASA made when it began sending people into space was that the astronauts’ pens did not work well in zero gravity.

The ink wouldn’t flow properly. You can simulate the effect at home by trying to write with the business end of your pen pointing up.

Pretty soon, the ink stops flowing and the pen won’t write.


The solution – giving astronaut’s a way to write upside down —  depends on how you frame the problem …

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Condensed thoughts: possibilities for nanoethnographies

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Originally posted on Pablo Figueroa | Cultural Anthropology, Japanese Studies:

Anthropologists working in higher education have little time for on-site fieldwork research. Teaching loads, administrative tasks, symposiums, and other related obligations has made extended periods of fieldwork research something of the past, a sort of academic luxury that most teaching professors cannot afford.

Actually, getting any research done during the semester can be hard. Many good ideas end up undeveloped or in the waste paper bin.

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