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Grateful for ... the Influencers

Courtesy: Carl Richards (BehaviorGap.com)
Happy Thanksgiving!

These are just a few of the many people who influenced me. I have used their insights and have seen those insights work every time.

Eliel Saarinen, the Finnish-American designer, architect, and city-planner. I'm not a big admirer of art nouveau, but Eliel's insight "Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context" is something I have used so frequently for 25 years that I can almost write a booklet on how to apply it!

Tom Peters, whose passionate voice on Excellence is unmatched. Interestingly, his work that influenced me is not In Search of Excellence, but The Circle of Innovation.

Michael Hammer and James Champy, who moved our focus away from organizational groups to business processes. They talked about the value, use, and mis-use of IT in their mid-90s bestseller Reengineering the Corporation (contrast with the 2003 edition of Lean Thinking, where IT is first mentioned only in page 327)…