Legal Drama: The Grand Jury
Posted by Jon Littman on October 11, 2010 in Innovation, Storytelling

TRIALS ARE NATURAL STORIES. There are heroes and villains and dramatic resolution. You are either found innocent or guilty. But what about a grand jury? They grant prosecutors and investigators extraordinary powers to subpoena and to potentially intimidate witnesses. So far in the Lance Armstrong case, former teammates, a chiropractor, a sports physiologist, and Tour […]

Windy Innovation, Italian Style
Posted by Jon Littman on September 29, 2010 in Innovation, Storytelling

CREATIVE SOLUTIONS often require breaking the rules, and breaking away from old patterns and ways of thinking. Italy is a nation steeped in history, culture and art. Celebrated for its modern design, Italy is not known for a commitment to the environment. That’s why today’s story in the New York Times is so enlightening. Small towns […]

Good Boss, Bad Boss
Posted by Jon Littman on September 26, 2010 in Innovation, Performance, Storytelling

THE WORLD WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE with more good bosses. Bob Sutton, the New York Times Bestselling Author of The No A****le Rule has done more to make the workplace a more humane place than legions of high-priced consultants. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Bob for many years, and he’s one of the few authors […]

Innovation Interview
Posted by Jon Littman on September 20, 2010 in Innovation, Performance, Storytelling, Uncategorized

“WE’VE ALL SEEN HOW A FEW MASTERFUL CEOs seem to single-handedly orchestrate company-wide innovation – among them Steve Jobs, Richard Branson and Tony Hsieh. But the reality is that they are the exceptions. All too often, CEOs and upper management become obstacles to the overall innovation effort. Innovation is about creating pockets within an organization where […]

Crime Doesn’t Pay
Posted by Jon Littman on September 17, 2010 in Performance, Stories, Storytelling

LANCE ARMSTRONG is in the news with the evidence that star FDA investigator Jeff Novitzky has gotten permission from French authorities to receive the cyclist’s controversial “B” samples from the 1999 Tour de France. This very same week the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an earlier decision that Novitzky violated the 4th Amendment in the search […]


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