Searching for Excellence

/ Vol. 24 2017: Defining excellence in any area is undoubtedly challenging, but trying to pin down what makes a business or product excellent is near-impossible. Taking inspiration from Peters’ and Waterman’s iconic 1982 book In Search of Excellence, this issue of MISC examines the things that drive us to achieve excellence – and whether…

2020

/ Vol. 23 2016: 2020 2020 isn’t far away – but there is still time to make important changes to both businesses and the world around us. While it’s tempting to think many years beyond, it’s the near future that often makes or breaks a company, sometimes even an industry. The last couple of decades have…

Women

/ Summer 2016: Women: Shattering Expectations Examining the topic of “women” cannot be black and white, or one-sided – there are many layers and meanings to explore. We have tried our best to go in-depth in the 136 pages we had, and, although we are only scratching the surface, the content in this issue is rich and meaningful. One of…

Game Changer

/ Spring 2016: Game Changer Everyone is thinking about changing the game. In a basement, a bedroom, a lab, a co-working office space, or a tiny startup, someone, somewhere is just beginning to give shape to an idea they’ve had for a while. It could be a product, a platform, a service, an experience, or…

The RE: Issue

/ Winter 2016: The RE: Issue The prefix “re,” to anew again, suggests the motion of “undoing.” In this single unit of language lies the most important approach that we – as leaders, as organizations, as nations, as humans – can employ as we determine strategies for the distant and immediate future. “Re” is the…

The Crisis Issue

/ Fall 2015: The Crisis Issue We undoubtedly live in a time of crisis and disruption, but where do we draw the line between the two? At what point does a progression or disruption in a particular industry become a crisis? This issue explores how we, as innovators, can think long-term and predict potential crises.…

The Creative Process Issue

/NOW ON NEWSSTANDS /Summer 2015 : The Creative Process Issue What also intrigued us about process was what it suggested of transparency. Inherently, process means explanation, deciphering the elusive magic of success, no matter how impossible or abstract the problem. The errors of a trial by process are inevitably illustrated; the grocery list of resources provided. As the greatest innovations…

The Desire Issue

/NOW ON NEWSSTANDS /Spring 2015: The Desire Issue Desire. it’s everywhere and nowhere. Since solving issues of food, water, and shelter, desire has prevailed over survival as the primary driver of mankind. Arguably, every theme we have explored – from style to simplicity, brand to breakthrough – has been rooted in desire. Looking at the…

The Reset Issue

WINTER 2015: THE RESET ISSUE The world is becoming more complex, more confused, and more interconnected – and at an accelerating pace. Once mighty industry leaders are dropping off from the Fortune 500 list or becoming irrelevant because many fail to respond to shifts. They need to study all the drivers of disruption including society,…

The Human Experience Issue

FALL 2014: THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE ISSUE Technology is designed to do things for us, to protect us, and to empower us. Technology should be designed to satisfy human needs, and the experience should also be human. Technology, therefore, is a part of human activity and developmental progress and, for this reason, should always be considered…

The Breakthrough Issue

SUMMER 2014: THE BREAKTHROUGH ISSUE When most people think about breakthroughs in this domain, they are naturally drawn into the world of cures and scientific discoveries. But because of strict FDA guidelines, the heyday of blockbuster drug discoveries is behind us. So if our perception of health breakthroughs is wrong, where are breakthroughs in health…

The Brand Issue

SPRING 2014: THE BRAND ISSUE Branding is equal parts discovery and design. Who are you (truly)? What do you (truly) stand for? What do you (truly) do? And how does what you do (truly) fulfill the needs, passions and/or desires of consumers? For a brand to grow and be truly liked or loved, marketers need…

The Balance Issue

WINTER 2013: THE BALANCE ISSUE We keep hearing about how we need to be more balanced. Balance, we are told, will make us healthier, happier and more productive. But is there something to be said for being out of balance, of having a singular focus, of going all in? In this issue we weigh diversification…

The Inspiration Issue

FALL 2013: THE INSPIRATION ISSUE How do you differentiate between what is inspired and what is stolen? What does it take to inspire business strategy and engage employees? Can design thinking inspire change? MISC explores these questions in the Fall 2013 issue, giving you the tools to inspire others to look at problems differently and…

The Bounce Back Issue

SUMMER 2013: THE BOUNCE BACK ISSUE What do you do when your product launch is a flop? How do you recover from a bad company offsite? What does it take to build a resilient brand? MISC explores these questions in the summer 2013 issue, giving you everything you need to bounce back and forge ahead.…