Distractions, reflections

David Ing, at large … Sometimes, my mind wanders

Since I was in the neighbourhood, I took a few minutes to be a tourist at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, in Hollywood.

Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Hollywood

May 30th, 2007

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When I’m not working at home, I tend to work at client facilities, because it’s easiest to be onsite when interviews are being scheduled. Thus, I had the occasion to be temporarily assigned to an office at Seattle Grace Hospital.

Seattle Grace Hospital Ambulatory Center, Prospect Studios

May 30th, 2007

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I’ve come to enjoy train travel in Britain. Looking out the window, there’s always a variety of sights that remind me of Grade 9 history class: rolling meadows, low stone walls, and factories from the industrial revolution. On the train down to King’s Cross, there’s more than one instance signalling a more modern era.

Yorkshire countryside

May 19th, 2007

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Last year when I visited the University of Hull Business School, I did a 2-hour lecture for Alan Benson‘s MBA class. Since the students didn’t throw me out of the class then, I was invited back for this year, for a 6-hour session.

As a change, I decided that I would do more traditional innovation content, and thus spent a long time working through definitions from Schumpeter 1934 (The Theory of Economic Development) and Schumpeter 1943 (Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy). Given that those works were published pre-WWII, I asked the students to challenge the assumption that Schumpeter is still valid in a Thomas Friedman “world is flat” context. In groups of two or three, they discussed how a business they knew might work differently when “the world is flat”.

MBA students working on the innovation exercise

May 15th, 2007

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I stayed with Jennifer at her house in Pocklington last May (before I started photoblogging!) Thus, the precedent of my cooking dinner has become part of the routine. On my first day in, though, Jennifer suggested that we might try the local “Garden Chinese Restaurant“. Fiona was at home, too, so she came along.

May 13th, 2007

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I logged a lot of air miles in May. With the Kellogg reunion top of mind, I had tracked down Ellen, who has since moved to the UK. She wasn’t coming to Evanston, so I asked if she would host me on a visit on my way to Hull. The timing was good, so after an overnight flight from Toronto to Heathrow, I took the coach (bus) to Reading and connected to a train at Preston, Lancashire.

Ellen lives in an area promoted with outstanding natural beauty. She picked me up from the train station, and we headed into the Lake District. There’s a path up to Orrest Head, which promises a great view.

Ellen on the path up to Orrest Head

May 12th, 2007

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