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Andy Erickson

My gut response is to go pick this up for my 13 year old daughter. It sounds *great* for that level.

I really appreciate your perspective of anything is possible. Given the same premise, I tend to dive in because others claim some obstacle. I don't want to prove them wrong, and I don't want to judge them. I just want to get something done. It's better than wasting away in front of a television.

My current sticky problem is cultural, systemic, and requires collaboration on many fronts. I'm part of a community of innovators in the Cincinnati region. My little piece of this work is in developing a Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Information Technology at the University of Cincinnati. The problem is sustaining innovation and entrepreneurship. One facet of this problem that I'm focusing on is keeping students motivated to take risks with longer-term outcomes in mind.

Pragmatically, when IT students graduate they can continue to develop their ideas in an entrepreneur model, i.e. little pay, little sleep, no insurance, continue to live in an apartment, etc. Or they can take a cush corporate job and become a comfortable cube dweller where the basic needs are met leaving expendable income available for "higher" needs. The cube dweller generally does not pursue their ideas past graduation.

Choice one *might* lead to a nice payoff someday along with creating jobs and the associated regional benefits. Choice two is the bird in the hand. Finding or developing more of the choice one students is one of my problems.

Bill Perry

The sticky problem I'm having right now is one of simple logistics. I'm going to attend a Hypnotherapy Certification training in September. As of yet, I've no way to get there and no place to stay.

The school is being paid for by my GI Bill (was in the Navy for a while). Normally, schools get you so much per month while full-time. This school, however, is quite expensive and requires up-front tuition.

So, I won't have the normal cash-flow one would get from using the GI Bill. The school itself is about 900 miles from home.

It will all come together, I'm still exploring the solution space.


A primer to problem solving, one that I could use to fire up my problem solving skills. I'll put up my "sticky problem" in hope that the book will come my way.

I've walked a road that no longer suites my needs or interest, if it ever did. It was the safe expected road to take. Like Robert Frost's lone traveller [The Road Not Taken] I've now arrived at the diverging road in the yellow wood and "long I stood". Which road, to take? Both offer opportunities and risks, though one feels powerless to move or choose.

So I continue to stand ... letting the status quo reign. Becoming a little more annoyed with each passing day.


Hey Katie

At the moment I don't have a sticky problem that needs to be solved, so I thought I would share some problem solving lessons I learned from the book "Get Smarter" by Seymour Schulich. In the book there is a great chapter called "The Decision-Maker: A tool for a lifetime", which outlines some steps to take that will make making big decisions much more simple.

It works like a pro-con list. List all the positive aspects about the issue in question, then give each one a score from zero to ten (higher the score the more important to you). On another sheet do the same thing but for the negative points. Score them, but this time ten means it is a major drawback. Add up your scores, and if the positive is at least double the negative score than you should do it for sure.

Hope this helps!


Hi Katie,

"The thing I really like about this book is how it urges readers to go beyond their first assumptions."

Might this very statement be reason to pick up this book?

The business world ate up the cheese, one-minute managing, fish and raving fan books. That demonstrates where we might be on the sophistication spectrum.

Of course one must keep an open mind, but learning moments sometimes catch us when we least expect them - perhaps in this book's case.

I enjoy your perspective!


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