Monthly Archives: July 2017

What Mike Tyson and the Stoics Teach Us About Innovation

I spend a great deal of time searching for new ways of thinking about innovation and I must admit that I never thought that I would write an innovation article that included both Mike Tyson and the ancient practice of Stoicism. In his new book, Tyson recalls life lessons to which he attributed much of his success. These ideas, similar to the Stoics' are worth exploring from an innovation practitioner perspective.

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Don’t Forget to Plan Your Exit

Simple question for you. What are your ambitions for your business? Simple, right? Why then do so many entrepreneurs and leaders of growing business have such a tough time answering it? It's always the first question I ask of the leaders I work with. Most often the response feels as though it hasn't been thought out; never even been considered. I usually get ...

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20 Reasons Why Your Company Won’t Change

On a recent visit to a former client’s workplace I noticed a poster entitled “I’m Not Changing!” I’d seen it elsewhere, and I’m sure you’ve seen it as well, or something like it. This time it gave me pause, perhaps because we’re now starting the second half of the year, and calendar milestones tend to trigger the “fresh start” effect. ...

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Seek Simplicity, But Distrust It

Keep Innovation Management Simple

You only need to look at any Apple product to understand our fascination with simplicity. The sleek lines, intuitive user interface and human centered design give us a feeling of power over our technology. You don’t need a complicated user manual to instruct you, you just pick it up and go. Unfortunately though, that simplicity is mostly a mirage. Underneath ...

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