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Brain Drain

Brain Drain

Minnesotans are excited about the just approved $1 billion Vikings stadium. The stadium authority has announced who will conduct the environmental impact study and oversee construction. While the authority gets off to a fast start, is anyone thinking about how long-term health risks to players will affect the repayment risks for $500 million of public … Continue reading

Galex for Sale

Galex for Sale

Charming story last night on North Carolina Public Radio’s The Story about the astronomer who funded Galex, a NASA map the sky project – with a bake sale – a consortium of private funders. Chris Martin, a Caltech scientist, came up with the idea over drinks with a friend after NASA told him he would … Continue reading

Need speed?

Need speed?

When I studied strategy at the University of Virginia’s business school, we studied two cases where the leaders acted at different speeds.  Crown Cork & Seal faced a threat to its very existence from red ink, bloated overhead, and commodity products.  At L.L. Bean, in contrast, a new CEO came into a family owned business … Continue reading

Take a lesson from the bees

Take a lesson from the bees

Have you ever run into someone who was dotty about an arcane topic that you couldn’t have imagined caring about before his knowledge and delightful conversation won you over?  That’s what it’s like to read Honeybee Democracy, the 2010 book by entomologist Thomas Seeley.  Seeley has been observing bees for forty years, and he’s discovered … Continue reading