Did a starchitect just “phone in” their design for a commission in LA?

Architecture, as a profession, bears quite a few similarities to the consulting profession. Chief among those commonalities is the "feast or famine" cycle — there always seems to be either too much work to handle, or nothing but the sound of crickets. The same paradigm applies to that exalted class of designers known as "starchitects." … Continue reading Did a starchitect just “phone in” their design for a commission in LA?

“Once in a while you get shone the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right”

The brilliant and always insightful Valeria Maltoni recently wrote a blog post at her site Conversation Agent about the importance of "Engaging Multiple Perspectives to Expand Opportunities." She opens with the following: It happens in every industry, business, and (if we're not careful) community—it becomes homogeneous over time. We gravitate toward people like us, and … Continue reading “Once in a while you get shone the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right”

Manufactured Magic: The story behind the story of Disney World’s $1-billion re-imagineering

Last week, my colleagues and I joined about 1,400 of our closest friends in the construction defect litigation industry at the Disneyland Hotel for a conference. It was my first time staying at the actual Disneyland Hotel. Nice hotel, but really unacceptably poor wifi, and the grounds demonstrate a myopic and blatant disregard for the … Continue reading Manufactured Magic: The story behind the story of Disney World’s $1-billion re-imagineering

7 Ways a Chief Innovation Officer can improve your company’s opportunities for growth

The Chief Innovation Officer (CIO, though not to be confused with "Chief Information Officer") is a relatively new position in the marketplace created with the express goal of fostering innovation within a company. Innovation, though, rarely happens through shear force of will and poor management is often the greatest obstacle to institutionalizing the kind of … Continue reading 7 Ways a Chief Innovation Officer can improve your company’s opportunities for growth

The Magic of Business: Imagination

Ferdinando Buscema is the "Magic Experience Designer" at Trading Factor. He is a magician and management consultant. (Just let that sink in for a moment, but try not to overthink it...) As part of TEDxVenezia, Buscema gave a fascinating talk on the interaction between magic and management. Below are some highlights: Three secrets of magic: … Continue reading The Magic of Business: Imagination