Monthly Archives: October 2010

Innovation and a Network Effect

There’s been a blog post rattling around in my head for several days now, but I haven’t been quite able to grasp the handle of it. So stick with me here as I work it out on (virtual) paper. We all are aware of the benefits for innovation that occur when we as individuals network with other people, other markets, ...

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Doing New

Doing new is hard and starting new is particularly hard. Once fear is overcome and new is started, doing new becomes a battle with discouragement. Not managed, discouragement can stop new. Slumped shoulders and a head hung low are the signs and a mismatch with expectations is the source. Expectations are defined in the form of a project plan, but, ...

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How To Make Great Leadership Decisions

Why do leaders fail? They make bad decisions. And in some cases they compound bad decision upon bad decision. The truth is that even leaders who don’t fail make bad decisions from time-to-time. You cannot separate leadership from decisioning, for like it or not, they are inexorably linked. Put simply, the outcome of a leader’s decisions can, and usually will, ...

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The Slippery Slope of Laziness

Some things in our lives are easier because technology made them easier and that’s good. But other things come about purely because we are lazy, and time and again we have seen that there’s a lot of money to be made banking on the increasing laziness of the consumer. Exhibit A is the pre-cut, pre-washed, pre-mixed bags of salad that ...

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Innovate to Thrive – Time to Open the Throttle

As leaders search for the next process that will transform their organizations into category leaders, for many – it seems – the answer is close at hand: innovation. Over the past several weeks on this blog, we’ve reviewed key imperatives that formed “Robert’s Rules of Innovation” and that together create the foundation upon which to build, improve, sustain and grow ...

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To Change the Behavior, Change the Pay

People perform the way they are compensated to perform. If an enterprise is structured and compensates its people to be creative, it receives creativity, or innovation, or status quo. With all the right-sizing, down-sizing, off-shoring, and Six Sigma/Lean that people have been living through for the past 20 years, they have learned to, “keep their eyes inside the boat” and ...

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Don't Waste This Crisis

Use it to get back on the path you need to be on. by Idris Mootee There were tours visiting our office last week. People were curious about what we do and what kind of people we hire. It is an interesting question. I guess our job is to help large companies go through mid-life crisis. Crisis is a popular ...

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Combining Open Innovation with Corporate Ventures

I recently wrote a blog post, Is Open Innovation Replacing Corporate Venturing? which got lots of comments here and especially in our 15inno LinkedIn group. One comment came from Ignaas Caryn, who is Director of Innovation and Venturing at Air France KLM. He suggests a more holistic approach to innovation including a kind of a hybrid model for corporate venture ...

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The One Big Thing for Innovation

In my last few days at Imaginatik, a lot of contemplative questions kept getting asked of me by team members and colleagues hoping to glean one last bit of knowledge from me before I left – but probably the best was from a colleague who asked me, if I could only pick one thing that made or broke an innovation ...

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Toronto Innovation Book Event

On Tuesday, November 9, 2010 I will be speaking about my new book Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire at a book event at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto as part of their Innovation in Business Experts Speaker Series @ Rotman. TIME: 7:45 am to 8:45 am – Presentation and Q&A PLACE: Classroom 127 (ground floor), Rotman ...

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