Monthly Archives: January 2011

Four Key Elements for Competent Leadership

IBM recently published a remarkable worldwide study based on direct interviews with nearly 1,500 CEOs, general managers and senior leaders from the public and private sectors. Titled “Capitalizing on Complexity,” the study looked at the insightful ways competent leaders generate success in a stunningly interdependent and interconnected world. The study came up with four primary findings: Complexity in perpetual evolution ...

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Diversity is a Source of Creativity and Resilience

The magazine Nature features an unusual lead article about the parallels between the recent financial near catastrophic failure and the spread of diseases in natural eco-systems. This is no joke or provocation: not only is Nature a serious scientific publication but the article is written by Andrew Haldane, executive director of financial stability at the Bank of England, and Robert ...

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The Power of Observation

Many innovative new products have their genesis in simple observation. Observation reveals unmet user needs, problems and opportunities. These insights are the inspiration for great products that create new markets and a strategic competitive advantage, ultimately driving revenue growth. Understanding the power of observation is essential for building your company’s product development innovation engine. The Observational Study The observational study ...

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Innovate and They Will Come

I know I’m late responding to this ad by Accenture, but I saw it today in the airport and it made me smile. Why? Because it is so “Field of Dreams”. There are so many assertions that are wrong with the statement that one hardly knows where to begin. First, innovation should be pursued in context of user needs. Inside-out ...

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The Grass is Always Bluer

I’ve been asked to visit the Bluegrass Region in Kentucky on February 7-8 to help catalyze a community conversation on turning the region into an entrepreneurial and innovation hotspot. Why is it you can stand on your head and scream from the rooftops in your own hometown, with few listening, while the same message resonates in the community right next ...

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Leadership & Age

When it come to leadership age doesn’t matter – competency does. History is full of examples of leaders who have succeeded and failed at every age. The intangibles of passion, character, commitment, discernment, and talent are of infinitely greater importance than someones date of birth. I don’t care about your generational category (Gen X, Gen Y, or Boomer), but I ...

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An Open Letter on Innovation to President Obama

"We need to out-innovate, outeducate, and outbuild the rest of the world" - President Obama --- In reading the stories and quotes from last night's State of the Union address by President Obama, it is clear, and frustrates me to no end, that my government talks a lot about innovation but still does not understand how to foster it. Innovation in America, especially in the short term, is not achieved by pumping huge sums of money into government-sponsored research and development efforts.

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For Sale – Innovative Business Idea

A few years ago I looked around the corporate and consulting landscapes and I noticed that there was a talent gap in both places. There are many occasions when consulting firms look to their bench and don’t have the talent they need there to fulfill a client need right away and so sometimes they lose business to their competition. And ...

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When Innovation Efforts Are a Waste

… of Money, Time, Resources by Stefan Lindegaard I just had an interesting discussion that inspired me to write down some thoughts on the innovation work I do – and have done – with companies over the years. For your information, I most often work with innovation leaders, the people in charge of making innovation happen within their companies. Occasionally, ...

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The Future Of Management (and Education)

And the State Of Design Thinking by Idris Mootee I get a lot of requests to speak to the business and design communities about the state of “design thinking” and how it is being practiced. Talking about what that means is one thing but practicing it in the real world is a different thing. Idea Couture is probably the first ...

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