Blake's Blog

Public Speaking, Stage Fright, and Beyond


I have a friend. Let’s call him “Smith,” because he...

Igniting The Sparks of Innovation & Creativity


The following comes to me via email from a dear friend and client. In...

One Priceless Penny


My wife received the neatest card today from our eight-year-old daughter's tutor:

I...

The Value of Systems Integration


This past week I spent some time with a company renowned for being a...

Leadership, the University & Poor vs. Great Leaders


While literally countless important questions swirl around us every day, there are few that stimulate...

Creativity & Genius: Nathan Myhrvold


On May 20, 2010 I caught a neat episode of Charlie Rose on PBS ...

Valuating Corporate Virtue?


I stumbled across an interesting article in a recent European issue of Fortune that...

Decision Hill


Decisions, decisions, decisions.

We make countless decisions each and every day...every hour...every minute....

Catnip for Gladwellians


On November 11, 2009 PBS's Charlie Rose welcomed Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics authors Steven...

Hippocrates' "Do No Harm"


In conducting research recently, I came across the writings of Hippocrates. Though he...

A Quirky Little Treasure in Alpine, TX


I usually restrain myself from sharing recommendations pocked with four letter words, the second of...

Signs 'o the Times


595,000 small businesses closed in 2008.1

2,500,000 jobs were lost within...