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“Perfectionism and imperfection” (from goop; Gwenyth Paltrow’s blog)

From the Entrepreneur Peter Sims “Breaking free from perfectionism isn’t easy, largely because of how we’re raised and taught. We’re rewarded and loved by parents, teachers, and mentors for getting good grades, accomplishing athletic achievements, or getting into a great school or job. The problem with that approach to praise and reward is that it… continue reading »

Obama’s Second Chance: Fulfilling the Untapped Potential

Originally appeared on Forbes. This article is by Peter Sims, author of Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries, coauthor with Bill George of True North, and founder of the BLKSHP. He must radically change the way he leads. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The first time that I believed Barack Obama wanted to be… continue reading »

Forbes interview: “How to Make Innovation Less Risky”

Originally appeared on Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/dorieclark/2012/12/09/how-to-make-innovation-less-risky/ Corporations are clamoring for breakthrough innovation – but in this economic climate, who can afford multimillion-dollar wagers that might not pan out? Enter Peter Sims, co-author of the bestseller True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership, with Bill George. “Companies have the wrong mindset,” he says. “They don’t experiment well, they… continue reading »

Why GivingTuesday is the Social Innovation Idea of the Year

reprinted from Bloomberg, original article here. The most adaptive, agile companies and organizations are figuring out how to leverage what they do best to take advantage of global, seismic shifts in media, technology and society. Today’s newest and brightest example is a distributed philanthropic movement called GivingTuesday. I’ve seen the underlying trend firsthand as an… continue reading »

“Little Bets” gets nice props in Forbes

Little Bets got some nice coverage in Forbes today, as the pharma industry wrestles with a culture of BIG bets.  The nature of the long cycle times and illusions of rationality in the pharma industry helps to explain why we (the San Francisco BLKSHP) are having such great collaborations with senior execs @ Genentech about… continue reading »

Can You Solve America’s Problems? via Inc. Magazine

Fuse Corps received a flattering writeup in Inc. Magazine today.  Please send your nominations for the prestigious 2013 fellowship to me so that I can pass those onto the team. http://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/use-your-entrepreneurial-skills-to-solve-americas-problems.html Are you a brilliant, entrepreneurial troublemaker? A fellowship program that pairs business people with local government to actually get stuff done wants to hear… continue reading »

Fuse Corps becomes a BIG bet, thanks to many Black Sheep

I’m very proud to be a part of the Fuse Corps team, a social venture that places some of America’s most talented entrepreneurial leaders in the trenches with a mayor, governor, or dynamic social entrepreneur to discover new approaches to sticky problems.  Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, for example, needed Erika Dimmler, a CNN producer who… continue reading »

Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, Washington Post recognize ‘Little Bets’

Writing is editing, many days and hours of painstaking revision and sculpting.  So, it has been an honor and gratifying to learn that Little Bets has been recognized by a number of publications I respect for their best books of the year lists, including The Washington Post, Inc. Magazine, and AmEx OPEN Forum. The Wall… continue reading »

Annoucing Fuse Corps: a bold new approach to social innovation

*UPDATE: Tech Crunch runs review of Fuse Corps. For the past several years, I have had the great pleasure of collaborating with a remarkable group of people to create and launch Fuse Corps, an innovative social venture that will pair some of America’s top entrepreneurial leaders with governors, mayors and community leaders across America to… continue reading »

John Legend & Inventing the Future

Last weekend, I had the chance to connect with singer & songwriter John Legend before his concert with Sade at Oakland’s Oracle Arena.  I met John for the first time 3 or 4 years ago in Los Angeles before he was very well known through our good mutual friend Kweli Washington who has worked with… continue reading »