Clayton M. Christensen (b. 4/6/1952, d. 1/23/2020), Neil E. Peart (b. 9/12/1952, d. 1/7/2020)

2020 has unfortunately been a year of devastating loss — COVID19; the killings of Michael Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the subsequent fraying of our societal fabric. In January, a month that in retrospect seems the calm before the storm, we lost two men whom I greatly admired, Dr. Clayton M. Christensen and Neil Peart. Both 67 years old, their passing just two weeks apart. …


At some point last year, I changed the opening of my social media profile to read:

I think the world is better with the theories of Dr. Clay Christensen, Human-Centered Design and Improv.

This statement reflects a True North for me as I journey more deeply into my fifties. Over the past several years, I’ve been transformed through my learning and my experiences in these three domains.

Despite being a strategic planner since the mid-1990’s, I did not become well-acquainted with Clay’s work until 2016, due to my wonderful friends and colleagues Will Behrmann and Ann Somers Hogg. I’m eternally…


Source: onepeloton.com

In case you haven’t heard, Peloton keeps producing ads that get LOTS of attention — much of it negative. On January 27, 2019, an Arizonan with the Twitter handle Clue Heywood attained Twitter immortality through a hysterical, epic thread satirizing and utterly skewering Peloton’s penchant for “aspirational” advertising — in other words, affluent, ridiculously fit people riding their $2,245 stationary bikes in magazine-worthy multimillion-dollar homes. More recently, Peloton released a 30-second holiday commercial entitled “The Gift That Gives Back”. …


Chris Elmore rolls into the Sherpa studio — Company Evangelist for AvidXchange, a fintech unicorn based in Charlotte, North Carolina, as well as author, teacher, speaker, father of four, and husband of 25 years.

Referring to someone as “one of a kind” can be kind of cliché, but Chris lives up to the billing. He’s a dynamic and authentic purveyor of innovation and entrepreneurship wisdom. Hear his perspectives on innovation, as well as the outlook for a blooming innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in Charlotte. Can you hear his beard? Listen closely . . .

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TheChrisElmore.com Creative…


“Everyone is creative. Everyone is welcome.” Long-time friends and Charlotteans Matt Olin and Tim Miner are the co-founders of Charlotte is Creative, a not for profit organization that develops programs and initiatives designed to break the Charlotte mold and re-make it with creativity — into a city that draws people in, excites them, and inspires them to invest their financial, social, and creative capital. Learn about some of the unique ways Matt and Tim foster a culture of creativity in Charlotte, such as hosting CreativeMornings/Charlotte, H.U.G. Micro-grants, the Queen City Quiz Show, and their multimedia site The Biscuit. Listen to this episode and “don’t wait, create!”

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Benjamin Franklin said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Learn more about the Jobs to Be Done for which we hire education throughout our lives by listening to this episode, the third in our series on innovation in higher education, with co-author Michael B. Horn of the recently released book Choosing College: How to Make Better Learning Decision Throughout Your Life. Michael is the Chief Strategy Officer for the Entangled Group, an education technology studio, and a senior partner for Entangled Solutions, which offers innovation services to higher education institutions. …


What does it look like when an organization has fully committed to human-centered design?

It looks like this: https://www.healthdesignlab.com/

Learn from Robert Pugliese, Director of Innovation Design, and Dr. Kristy Shine, Director of Education and Research, about the Jefferson Health Design Lab, a creative space where people from different backgrounds come together to solve challenges and design a healthier future. In this engaging conversation, Kristy and Rob discuss how they gravitated to design, why and how they train physicians in human-centered design, and how they retrofitted an Airstream to become a social innovation tool that promotes conversations about healthy living…


In the second segment of our super-sized “Bobcast”, uber-innovator and Jobs to Be Done expert Bob Moesta digs deeper into his recently released first book, Choosing College: How to Make Better Learning Decisions Throughout Your Life, co-authored with Michael Horn. The book isn’t just about the college decision — it encompasses life-long learning, whether it’s executive education, bootcamps, or on-line classes. Since many parallels can be made between the higher education and health care industries, Ben & Jay also engage Bob about the struggles in making health care decisions and their similarities to education decisions. Having helped many companies develop…


Bob Moesta rejoins the podcast during the release of his first book, Choosing College: How to Make Better Learning Decisions Throughout Your Life, co-authored with Michael Horn. In Part 1, Bob and Jay put Ben in the hot seat, conducting a live Jobs to Be Done interview about Ben’s process of picking a graduate school. This episode not only introduces Choosing College but also provides our listeners with another example of Bob’s renowned JTBD interview technique. Hear the Master compile Ben’s story and identify which of the five higher education Jobs to be Done that Ben pursued. …


“I have a problem liking too many things.” Learn from Dr. Nisarg Patel, a healthcare renaissance man, about his journey into the world of medicine. Unafraid to “dive into the deep end,” Dr. Patel is a scientist and researcher of computational cancer genomics, synthetic gene circuits for engineered probiotic therapeutics, CRISPR/Cas9-mediated bacterial genome engineering, as well as applying machine learning to health policy and economics. He also worked in venture capital at Bessemer Venture Partners in their Life Sciences division. While most medical students take classes and apply it to their clinical practice, Dr. Patel did that and then also…

Jay Gerhart

I think the world is better with the theories of Dr. Clay Christensen, Human-Centered Design and Improv. Producer of A Sherpa's Guide to Innovation Podcast.

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