Four steps for rescuing a stalled brainstorm

We’ve long followed a design thinking methodology for collaborating and solving business problems here at Red Hat. This process facilitates cross-functional collaboration and a meritocratic method of pursuing the best ideas, which has proven, over and over again, to be the best path to success. In short, it’s how we at Red Hat apply the open source way beyond software development. » Read more

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Bob Young on Lulu and collaborative innovation, part 2

In part 1 of this post, Bob Young talked about his history as a typewriter salesman, Red Hat's beginnings, and how we are all collaborative by nature. In the second part, below, he talks about his current company, Lulu, publishing, and more about collaborative innovation. » Read more

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Are you more human than the competition?

So much of the leadership conversation centers around the question “how do I get more out of my people?”  I don’t think I’ve been at a conference or sat in on a conversation with business leaders where the subject—and that exact phrase—hasn’t come up.

Now, without a doubt, bringing forth the full ingenuity, initiative, energy, and passion of every person in the organization is one of the most urgent agenda items for leaders in every realm of endeavor. But when it comes to unleashing the best gifts of people, that mechanistic metaphor of extraction (“how do I get more out?”) and, more importantly, the approaches it engenders, quickly break down. » Read more


It's time to take back your attention

When I sat down to write this blog, it was the most important thing on my agenda. Even so, I did just about everything I could think of to avoid the task. Facing a blank page, I figured I would just check my email first, or update my Facebook or Twitter, or check the morning headlines in The New York Times, or read the comments readers left overnight on earlier posts I'd done. » Read more


Bob Young, founder of Red Hat and Lulu, on collaboration, innovation, and standing on the shoulders of giants

Bob Young knows about open source and innovation. He's co-founder and former CEO of Red Hat. Founder and CEO of Lulu. Co-founder of the Center for the Public Domain. Much of his life's endeavors have been built on innovation through collaboration. Earlier this year I saw that he was giving a talk titled, appropriately enough, "Collaborative Innovation" on the lessons he's learned from open source and community building. » Read more


Interview: Dirk Hohndel on Intel's Open Source Technology Center

Dirk Hohndel is a hacker-turned-businessman, now Chief Linux and Open Source Technologist at Intel. At this year's Desktop Summit, Hohndel will give the opening keynote about the role that large companies play in open source, and how the open source community can work effectively with them.


Why it's logical to go radical

Not long ago, I was in the audience at a symposium organized by the leaders of the Henry Ford Health System, a $4-billion-a-year health-and-hospital company based in Detroit. The organization's leaders had called the symposium to explain to local executives why they were making the biggest strategic bet in the system's history since its founding by Henry Ford himself back in 1915. » Read more

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Interview: Claire Rowland of Fjord London on user experience and design

Claire Rowland is Head of Research for Fjord London, an international digital service design agency and has worked extensively in user experience research and design. Recently her focus has been on a shift in user experience from the desktop toward services delivered through multiple platforms of widely differing form factors and the cloud. Her research and recommendations relate to what this shift means for what users expect from their devices, and what effective design, across platforms and the cloud, looks like.


Pittsburgh, Zappos, and what one has to do with the other

There is something about Zappos that intrigues people. Maybe it’s the radical transparency. Perhaps it’s just a cult of personality. Or it could just be that people love to order shoes and have them on their doorsteps the very next day. There’s a lot to admire, for sure. » Read more


How to tell if you’re a natural leader

I’ll bet you know a natural leader. Maybe you are one.

Maybe you’re a mom who started a support group for the parents of children with special needs.

Maybe you’re a concerned citizen who mobilized a group of preservation-minded neighbors to halt the destruction of a venerable old building.

Maybe you’re a churchgoer who convinced some of your fellow parishioners to help mentor at-risk kids.

Or maybe you simply organized your company’s first softball league. » Read more