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[AUDIO] Rich Sheridan on Storytelling

Menlo CEO and Chief Storyteller Rich Sheridan joined Karen Dietz to talk about storytelling for her Just Story It Podcast. Rich gives a little background into how storytelling became part of Menlo’s tradition and why he thinks storytelling has woven its …[Read more]

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Teaching is the best way to learn. Pairing is the best way to teach.

There are a few things that I’ve come to believe from my time here at Menlo Innovations. First and foremost, paired programming has exposed me to the phenomenon of cooperation and close human interaction as the primary medium of …[Read more]

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Intentional Culture

I speak to a lot of entrepreneurial groups and the topic of culture comes up every now and then. The question is often asked, “How do you build a great culture?” I have one simple answer: “If you want to …[Read more]

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Improv Theater

We typically describe the goal of our interview process as “Make your partner look as good as possible.” Because partners are often competing for the same position, this can be a hard concept to grasp for those who interview with …[Read more]

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Ain’t No Party Like a Menlo Party!

Wow. Ten years. We’ve been in business for ten years. As Vizzini (from The Princess Bride) would say, “Inconceivable!”
Yet, here we are, a little older and a lot wiser than when we first began.  I’ve been here almost since …[Read more]

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Winning Workplace!

We were honored this month by Inc. Magazine and Winning Workplaces as one of their 2011 Top Small Company Workplaces*.  We have been a finalist for this award several times, but never a winner.  Until now. This recognition is very …[Read more]

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I’ve Never Actually Been to Toyota

Sometimes during a tour, a visitor will comment, “Ooooh! You’ve been to Toyota!” So far I’ve never had the opportunity to visit Toyota, but it happens often enough that perhaps I should make time for a visit.
Invariably they are …[Read more]

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Global climate change can be good

DISCLAIMER: This is not a blog entry about the environment on Planet Earth.
The Declaration of Independence begins with these words: “When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands …[Read more]

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This is Detroit – This is What We Do

The Chrysler 200 “Eminem” SuperBowl ad doesn’t change anything, but simply reveals the truth about us, a truth that has long needed to be told, needed to be shared and was desperately needed to evoke that optimism that for too …[Read more]

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A Menlo Safari

We hosted a group of almost 20 from a Chicago-area company the other day. They came in for a 5-hour Experience Tour which included a walking tour, time with the team, copies of our books, and other things I’m forgetting …[Read more]

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