Abe Lincoln inspires a whole range of emotions in people. One aspect of his life I was not very familiar with till I saw the Spielberg movie was his endless stream of stories and his wicked sense of humor even in unusually tense times. The book Team of Rivals, on which the movie is based, gives credit to his father Thomas Lincoln ““a born storyteller, he possessed a quick wit, a talent for mimicry, and an uncanny memory for exceptional stories. These qualities would prove his greatest bequest to his son.”
Introducing myself during a speech recently I described myself as an “innovation historian – less about Tesla or Edison, but about plenty of contemporary innovators”. I am blessed to use my New Florence blog and my books to tell countless stories of wow.
My New Year’s resolution was to average 1.5 innovation posts a day on New Florence. It was my vicarious way to “sprint’ as I recovered from my health issues . By mid year, I had posted 315 – at 1.7 average posts better than the goal. Amazingly, the pace has picked up even more – between July and November I will have added another 340. Three major contributors – the London Olympics, the Presidential Race, and the numerous industry events my improving health has allowed me to participate in.
Even better, in several presentations this year I have hand picked 5, 10,15 cameos from the blog relevant to the audience – like this presentation to supply chain/logistics executives at the Descartes Evolution event. Others have been on Big Data, Consumerization of Technology and other industry trends. Most audiences love to hear of innovation stories, especially at peer companies.
Readers, keep on reading, and keep on sending me innovation stories to profile. I need a gentle push to get to 700 by the end of the year!
The bigger push is coming from the President himself! Damn, he is fantastic storyteller in the movie.