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Jun 25, 2014

HBR: PARADOXES OF INNOVATION

HBR: PARADOXES OF INNOVATION

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At the heart of innovative problem solving is the need to both unleash individual slices of genius and harness them into collective genius.  Unleashing talent is essential to developing promising ideas and options. Harnessing talent is essential to shaping those ideas and options and selecting new and useful solutions from among them.

In our research we identified six innovation paradoxes. The…

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Jun 24, 2014

CNN: POP UP RESTAURANTS, PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE

CNN: POP UP RESTAURANTS, PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE

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The original “pop-up restaurants” were secretive affairs.  Called “supper clubs,” they were hosted in private homes, the locations of which were revealed at the last minute via social media or guerrilla advertising.  These underground gatherings of complete strangers were inspired by a love of food and seen as an act of rebellion against the established restaurant trade.

Are celebrity chefs…

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Jun 23, 2014

HBR: FROM PURPOSE TO IMPACT

HBR: FROM PURPOSE TO IMPACT

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4517248920_9a8d31b20fThe following article is from Harvard Business Review.  It explains how you can be a better leader, employee, father, mother, or friend by examining and identifying your purpose and then using that purpose as the root for your decisions, goals etc.  This article brought to life my core beliefs and explained how to focus/funnel these thoughts and feelings to realize your full potential.  I have…

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May 1, 2014

NOW OPEN: SAYULITA AT MONDRIAN LA

NOW OPEN: SAYULITA AT MONDRIAN LA

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It is with great excitement that I share with you our latest project Sayulita at Mondrian LA.  Sayulita is a free spirited & casual taqueria & tequila bar, and the latest addition to SkyBar at Mondrian LA.  Inspired by the quaint town on the Pacific Coastline that was discovered by roving surfers in the sixties, Sayulita invokes a curiously eclectic energy and laid back ambiance in the midst of…

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Apr 30, 2014

LA TIMES: DELANO LAS VEGAS

LA TIMES: DELANO LAS VEGAS

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Say goodbye to THEhotel at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and welcome a new name and vibe when the Delano Las Vegas takes over late this summer.

The renovation will infuse the 1,100 suites with Delano’s South Beach brand when the hotel welcomes guests starting Sept. 1.

Renderings and descriptions of the renovation, which has been delayed by more than a year, were released Wednesday by Mandalay…

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Apr 29, 2014

WORDS OF WISDOM: HOW TO RETAIN MENTAL & CREATIVE FOCUS

WORDS OF WISDOM: HOW TO RETAIN MENTAL & CREATIVE FOCUS

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Have you ever wondered why, when you leave a two-hour meeting you usually have very little retention of what was said? An onslaught of stimuli and information comes our way every day. Why do our minds label some of it as important, and the rest becomes no more memorable than this morning’s Starbucks experience?

Lack of focus is not due to too much TV as a child, it’s a function of our Reticular…

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Apr 23, 2014

ACTS OF CREATION: ONE HOP STOP, AN UNCOMMON LAGER

ACTS OF CREATION: ONE HOP STOP, AN UNCOMMON LAGER

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one hopOne Hop Stop, An Uncommon Lager is a signature beer that MHG, specifically our team at Hudson lead by Jonathan Knudsen, has developed in partnership with local New York brewery Kelso.  It is a single-hop style lager using Australian Galaxy Hops. The juicy, passion fruit flavors are mellow, delivering a hop-forward lager that still finishes clean and crisp; the perfect light-bodied summer draft.  …

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Apr 18, 2014

SOUL INDULGENCE: 8 SIMPLE QUESTIONS TO FIND YOUR PASSION

SOUL INDULGENCE: 8 SIMPLE QUESTIONS TO FIND YOUR PASSION

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Found this post as I was dozing off to sleep the other night.  It is amazing how many people ask me questions about what they should or shouldn’t be doing.  In my mind it always comes back to following your passion to find your flow.  Here are some questions to help you do that from my favorite, Fast Company…

In a previous post, I shared questions that can help in overcoming fear of failure. But…

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Apr 16, 2014 / 1 note

HBR: THE INDISPENSABLE POWER OF STORY

HBR: THE INDISPENSABLE POWER OF STORY

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Some people have a way of making the complex clear.  They know who they are, why they do what they do, and where they want to go. Because they have internalized all this, they are able to sharply crystallize ideas and vision. They speak in simple, relatable terms. And they can get a lot accomplished.

Making your words understandable and inspirational isn’t about dumbing them down. Instead, it…

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NY TIMES: WHAT MAKES YOUR HEART BEAT THE FASTEST?

The following is an excerpt from this week’s Corner Office column in the New York Times.  The interviewee was Brad Smith the Chief Executive of Intuit.  
Apr 14, 2014 / 1 note

NY TIMES: WHAT MAKES YOUR HEART BEAT THE FASTEST?

The following is an excerpt from this week’s Corner Office column in the New York Times.  The interviewee was Brad Smith the Chief Executive of Intuit.