The Extraordinary Team Creation Manifesto

A New Science is showing us how staying in-the-flow may be the most important part of building extraordinary teams. “I will never consider defeat, and I will remove from my vocabulary such words as quit, cannot, unable, impossible, failure, and retreat, for these are the words of fools and cowards. ” — Georgia Smoke Diver Creed At one time or ...

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Let’s Not “Yada Yada” Innovation

Most Seinfeld fans are familiar with the concept of “yada-yada-ing” sex, like when Elaine met a lawyer, went out to dinner, had the lobster bisque, went back to her place and yada, yada, yada… she never heard from him again. It’s funny, because we all know — or think we know — what the yada, yada yada means. Unfortunately, as ...

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Ready or Not? Black Friday Online Shopping Frenzy

Ready or Not? Black Friday Online Shopping Frenzy - Innovation Excellence

Last year, online sales on Black Friday reached an all-time record of $3.34 billion, up 21.6 year-over-year...and this year's online sales are likely to exceed last year's record. Last year's holiday shopping surprise performance of online versus brick and mortar shocked the retail community and this year's Black Friday weekend will bring even more surprises.

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Age Diversity and Innovation Teams

Age Diversity and Innovation Teams - Innovation Excellence

There are lot’s of ways to increase diversity, but should this include age? Are we better of with younger, passionate teams that challenge the status quo, or more mature teams that leverage broader experience and expertise? Or are these both stereotypes, and age doesn’t really matter.

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Why the Test & Learn Approach Does Not Work

Why the Test & Learn Approach Does Not Work - Innovation Excellence

The in-market test & learn approach to innovation is becoming increasingly common, because it meets the cultural needs of modern businesses to behave entrepreneurially. At The Strategy Distillery we believe (and have witnessed) this approach is life threatening to the future success of a newly launched product or service. Here's why...

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Five Tips for Prioritizing Every Day

Five Tips for Prioritizing Your Day - Innovation Excellence

This past weekend, after finally completing the book I’ve been working on for more than 2 years (The Moral of the Story), I was looking forward to relaxing a bit with the family. However, it didn’t take long before thoughts of all the things still on my plate for the weeks ahead began causing anxiety. In addition to the typical ...

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4 Easy Ways to Retain Your Top Talent

The biggest challenge and greatest reward come from keeping the best people. Here’s how… Creating a world-class team is tough enough but keeping the team together, especially when you’re growing a company, is one of the greatest challenges you will face. One of the cornerstones of the success of my first Inc. 500 company was putting together a core team ...

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