Integrative thinking is a form of reasoning which allows you to constructively face the tensions of opposing models. Instead of choosing one at the expense of the other, you generate a creative solution. Your solution contains elements of the individual models, but is superior to each.

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Creating Great Choices

Organizations need to incorporate the best of design thinking into their ways of working to unleash innovation and creativity. An organization will be able to counter-balance analytical thinking with intuitive thinking – to enable it to both exploit existing knowledge and create new knowledge. 

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The Design Of Business

Critical to the success of every organization, strategy is not a long planning exercise or document. Strategy can be simple, fun and effective and is founded on a set of five interrelated and powerful choices that positions an organization to win. 

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Playing To win

While prevailing theory holds that stock-based compensation perfectly aligns corporate executives’ incentives with those of shareholders, it does the opposite. As a consequence, executives have done brilliantly while shareholders have become increasingly frustrated. Incentives and governance practice needs to be transformed to enable corporations to prosper in a way that better serves society.

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Fixing the Game

The combination of the stagnation of medium incomes and the rapid rise of high incomes is threatening the future of democratic capitalism. Its predictive future requires building a more robust knowledge, transactional and physical infrastructure for broadly shared prosperity.

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The Rise (and Likely Fall) of the Talent Economy

For both social entrepreneurs and corporations, the key tenet of social innovation is finding ways to make the world a better place. My work focuses on building tools for social entrepreneurs to create more powerful models for creating value for society and developing models to guide corporations on a path of productive corporate citizenship.

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Getting Beyond Better

DEMOCRATIC CAPITALISM

Arguably, Democratic Capitalism has triumphed as the most effective and now prevalent form of social/economic organization on the planet.  It has achieved that status by being the most effective approach for lifting the economics fortunes of the majority of the population, not just a small segment.  The United States of America exemplifies this, more so than any other large country.  However, of late the success formula of Democratic Capitalism in America has faded.  The median income has stagnated for the longest duration in the country’s history at the same time that the payoff to the top economic echelon has been greater that at any time in history.

I am working with colleagues at the Infrastructure of Democratic Capitalism project at the Martin Prosperity Institute to gain an understanding of what has changed for the worse in the functioning of Democratic Capitalism and how to improve its prospects for the future. Our inquiry focuses on the infrastructure that underpins and supports the effective functioning of Democratic Capitalism – or impedes it.

Most familiar is physical infrastructure: the shared, built resources that meaningfully enable and advance our standard of living. More abstract is transactional infrastructure: the set of rules, decision-making institutions and mechanisms that allow a society to exchange goods and services. Lastly, is knowledge infrastructure: the set of systems and institutions, like education, media, and the Internet, that enable the reliable transfer of information from person to person, group to group.   

It is our hypothesis that Democratic Capitalism faces a little understood threat from within – that the infrastructure that is vital to its robust existence is fraying, as a result of abuse and neglect. Infrastructure is not eternal; it decays and breaks down. Without the mindful redesign of the very infrastructure that supports Democratic Capitalism, the system will deteriorate and prosperity will decline.

To bolster the infrastructure that supports Democratic Capitalism, we must first understand the nature of that infrastructure, the challenges facing it and some potential remedies. It is through exploring the issues related to various forms of infrastructure that we hope to create a better way forward for Democratic Capitalism.

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Articles

Harvard Business Review
The Rise (and Likely Fall) of the Talent Economy 
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ICP Reports

Annual Report 11
A Push for Growth 
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CBC The National
Innovation: Losing the Edge 
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