Monthly Archives: September 2016

Your New Idea is not Where You Think it is

Your New Idea Is Not Where You Think It Is

In the 1950s, in rural Oklahoma, at a place called Robbers Cave, several researchers performed an experiment we would find unethical today. They invited twenty-two eleven-year-old boys to participate in a three week camp. The researchers advertised a wholesome summer camp experience. The experience they delivered was very different.

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How to Run a Successful Innovation Challenge

Nothing is more intriguing, inspiring, and engaging than a good old-fashioned challenge. Whether you want to build a culture of innovation, reach employees in a meaningful way, or search for immediate ideas to solve pressing problems, an innovation challenge may be the answer. What Is an Innovation Challenge? An innovation challenge is an effective way to inject some energy into ...

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Four Things You Should Know About Platforms

Four Things You Should Know About Platforms

Steve Jobs didn’t want to build an app store.  As Walter Isaacson describes in his biography of Apple’s founder, the famously controlling Jobs was wary of the “bandwidth” needed to police a veritable army of third party developers. At first, he wouldn’t even discuss it. Yet eventually, even Jobs had to relent and the App store has become an enormous success.  Last ...

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The Rise of the Chief Ecosystem Officer

The New Leaders of Innovation in Health Overwhelmed by lifestyle- and age-driven burdens and suffering from diminishing resources, many health systems, care institutions, structures and practices are straining to even maintain let alone improve outcomes. Many well-meaning and rationally planned interventions struggle to make a significant or lasting difference. They address temporary symptoms rather than root causes. They merely tinker ...

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What if We Listened to All of Our Stakeholders?

For the past year, I’ve been working with a Baptist minister, Rev. Jeffrey Brown, to help fund and scale his proven approach to violence reduction. Rev. Brown has spent the past 25+ years helping Boston and 21 other communities reduce violence. His TED talk tells the story about the The Boston Miracle — a 29 consecutive month period of zero juvenile homicides. As ...

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