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Open Mind

Here are a few quotes I like to keep in mind whenever I think I have all the answers.

Everything that can be invented has been invented.
–Charles H. Duell, Office of Patents, 1899

There will never be a bigger plane built.
–A Boeing Engineer, after the first flight of the 247, a twin engine plane that carried ten people.

Ours has been the first, and doubtless to be the last, to visit this profitless locality.
–Lt. Joseph Ives, after visiting the Grand Canyon in 1861

We don’t like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out.”
–Decca Executive, 1962, after turning down the Beatles

With over 50 foreign cars already on sale here, the Japanese auto industry isn’t likely to carve out a big slice of the US market.
–Business Week, August 2, 1968

There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.

–Ken Olson, president of Digital Equipment Corp. 1977

This telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication.
–Western Union, memo, 1876

No imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?
–David Sarnoff’s associates in response to his urging investment in the radio in the 1920’s

Who wants to hear actors talk?
–H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927


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PLAY – Good For You And For Business

I love creativity in all things. As I look for creative ways to educate and train I happened upon this video. Here Tim Brown, from Ideo, discusses creativity in the workplace and how it breeds innovation. Yet, what I think I like best about his entire presentation is the way Tim got the audience involved in his talk. So, set aside 20 minutes and enjoy this TED Talk by Tim Brown.

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BTW- Don’t you love the way his designers/thinkers get into the role of the user/client in order to deliver a more powerful solution?

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TiER1 In The News – Full Speed Ahead

From Cincinnati.com | By Mike Rutledge

A leader of one fast-growing downtown tech firm thinks his business may grow by 50 percent next year.

Tier1 Performance Solutions CEO Greg Harmeyer said part of that expansion likely will happen in Cincinnati’s northern suburbs or Dayton, and near Fort Knox, Ky.

Tier1 is an information-technology business with about 40 fulltime employees, plus consultants. It helps large organizations update their employees so they can perform better.

Tier1 uses online training and other technology to spread information to organizations’ employees, sales forces, distributors and even their customers. That’s especially helpful for businesses with employees spread across the country or globe.

“You’ve got to quickly educate them, or get information in their hands so they can do their job, and that’s what we help with,” Harmeyer said.

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