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IBM CEO Study: Next-Gen Leadership Skill? Creativity.
November 3, 2010

IBM CEO Study: Next-Gen Leadership Skill? Creativity.

By Annette

This survey of global CEO's tells us what we intuitively know. Increasing complexity (think Kurzweil's "pace of change itself is changing") means creativity rises to the top of the competency hierarchy.  Time to end the misconception that we either have creative talent or we don't. We can't afford to believe that myth any longer.

http://www-935.ibm.com/services/us/ceo/ceostudy2010/index.html

The Jesus Phone
January 16, 2009

The Jesus Phone

By Annette

I've never elevated Steve Jobs to God status as some in the tech community have. But I heartily acknowledge the divine status of the iPhone. I call it the Jesus Phone because of the undisputed fact that it performs miracles.

Miracle # 1: The iPhone has eliminated my insatiable (some may say sinful) need for more and better gadgets. Not only do I never have to buy a digital camera again, I can pass on the GPS system for my car. I can get rid of my watch, my alarm clock and my PDA. I don't need a fancy KitchenAid oven timer either. I can get dinner recipes from Big Oven and entertain myself while waiting in the grocery line with YouTube videos (careful to avoid unseemly content).

Miracle #2: Just like Jesus, the iPhone draws me closer to other people and their needs. I can keep up with my daughter's life on Facebook. I can help my colleagues get jobs on LinkedIn. I can remind myself to drop off the clothes for the Warm Winter Project. I can even keep track of my husband's location coordinates with Loopt.

Not that I need to. Lately, we have taken to what I call iPhone dating. It's very satisfying really. I get his lovely presence over a fine meal and when our conversation gets dull or boring, we just start scanning our favorite blogs. He'll say, "Did you see that Bush may get tried for war crimes?" I'll ask, "Did you hear about the new research on brain science and creativity?" We'll banter and then go back to our trusted iPhones. I think Jesus would approve of our abiding intimacy.

Miracle #3: And best off, the Jesus Phone has my spiritual needs at heart. I can build my mind with global news from the New York Times and meditate with my iTunes melodies. Soon, with the new Google talk app, I'll be able to speak, the phone will hear me and find my search on Safari. And just as Jesus promises to always guide us, with the Flashlight app, I can find my way in the dark.