Innovation

What Happened to Dreaming Big?

As many of you know, I live in Chicago.   But what many may not know is that my hometown is home to some of the most remarkable high school structures in the country.  I drive around, look at such sprawling, stately building such as Lane Tech, St. Ignatius and Senn High, and I find […]

Manufacturing’s Good/Bad News: the Rules Keep Changing

The short answer is this: manufacturing is no longer a world of belching smokestacks, countless rail cars, and factories filled of mindless repetitive jobs. Nor is it your father’s idea of how things get made in this country. Today, in fact, whatever rules you may have been taught, or may think you know about the […]

Embracing Failure

We’re a nation of winners.  I get that. If you’re not first, you’re last.  I get that too. And failure is not an option.  Heck, I get that as well. In fact, I get it all.  As a country, if not an economic power, we Americans have a deep-rooted, if not pathological aversion to anything […]