on some news. Here is story from The Business Innovation Insider that is long
overdue! A lawfirm killing the billable
hour and hiring lawyers that have other some diversity in their backgrounds as
well. The reason: coming up with more innovative solutions for their clients.
I like that.
And I never got why law firms (and accounting firms etc) were so hesitant in trying for a different billing business model (consulting firms have done it for decades). I
hope this start-up law firm manages to survive (just plan for the inevitable
failures … and thus execute past them into success!)
I am back from both vacation and some work in
Sweden! Had a truly amazing time and got a lot of fishing done. Towards the end
my wife, Sweet Joy, and her parents came over. The weather decided to turn into
typically Swedish (rain and cold) but towards the end managed to give us some
glorious days of sunshine as well. In fact, I even managed to get a couple of
days of … here it comes… Dungeons and
Dragons in there. Used to play this a lot in my younger years – even designed
adventures for the Swedish version Drakar och Demoner. At some point I will
write a couple of posts about the incredible benefits role-playing games
provide in relation to creativity.
Ended my days there with some speaking engagements
at Volvo. Now I’m back in NYC gearing up for a VERY busy fall. There are
speaking engagements all over the US and the rest of world lined up (heading back
to Europe in a couple of days).
an article in Göteborgs Posten (Gothenburg Daily) which is my parent’s hometown
paper. It talks about Zanyar Adami who founded a media company a couple of
years ago – Latifeh Inc. He sees diversity as the key to his creative success:
is business. It breeds creativity, he says and adds that it is stupid, even
crazy, if business leaders do not strive for diversity.
company have roots from 16 different countries and we speak 20 different languages.
It gives us unlimited possibilities.”
someone who has 22 employees. Diversity drives innovation.
spent past couple of days fishing and enjoying an unusual spell of amazing
Swedish weather. The most recent fishing trip was to a river for some fly
fishing for salmon. It meanders between cow pastures and fields of rye and
barley and in the sun twilight appears to have been brought straight out of a
catch anything although I must have seen at least 4-5 specimens leap out of the
water as if in a fountain of creativity. And it constantly reminds me of the
creative challenges it, or rather its evolutionary path, has faced. It is born
in freshwater, swims downstream to the estuary while it prepares for saltwater.
Going from one to the other is no small feat: it must reverse the flow of
osmosis – or in other words whereas it actively prevented water from flowing
into its body in freshwater, in saltwater it must actively do the opposite or
it will die fast of dehydration. Then it swims to somewhere between the Faeroe
Islands and Greenland and eats itself full over the next 1-5 years. At some
point it decides to swim back and with the help of star navigation, Earth’s
magnetism and smell it will find its way back to the very exact river it left where
it, once again, must reverse osmosis to enter. Then it spawns and, finally,
dies. The funny this is that you never ever find food in the salmon’s stomach
upon its return – they simply stop eating. And for a fly fisherman this may
represent the biggest mystery of all: because why in the world would they ever
try out my fly?