Monthly Archives: January 2018

4 Ways to Create Talent Gravity and Get the Best People

“There’s no lack of talent out there; the key is creating gravity that draws talent to you.” Few companies aren’t envious of the incredible talent gravity that Google, Facebook, and Apple exert. Companies in these enviable situations literally have talent knocking down their doors. So how can you possibly compete? After all, you don’t have the expansive campus and the ...

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Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2017

Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2017

After a week of torrid voting and much passionate support, along with a lot of gut-wrenching consideration and jostling during the judging round, I am proud to announce your Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2017: . Sarah Miller Caldicott A great grandniece of Thomas Edison and innovation process expert, Sarah Miller Caldicott was co-author of the first book ever written ...

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We are in need of a common language for innovation

Any innovation common language needs working upon. It firstly needs recognition it is in our best interests to find a common point. It needs to be relevant to each of us, it must be current, appropriate, accurate and highly visible throughout the entire organization. It also needs to be allowed to grow and flourish, to evolve and become the lingua ...

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The Play-to-Win Strategy Canvas v3.0

A little over four years ago I designed and developed a wall canvas to be used when facilitating strategic choice-making with small teams. Over time, the canvas has evolved as I learned more and more about the art and discipline of strategy facilitation…what people struggle with most, where the resource of time is best spent, etc. Fast forward to now. ...

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5 ways you are limiting your capacity for innovation

5 Barriers To Disrupting Your Own Marketplace

Every company wants to disrupt their market or category. But most game changers tend to be new entrants from other categories, entrepreneurs or small, regional, niche players. It is rare for established brands and companies to to truly upset the apple cart and upend their competition. Why do big companies find it so difficult to develop a new product/service or a business model that is a radical ...

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Innovation Needs Communication

In 2014, Thomas Royen, a retired German statistician, solved a puzzle that had stumped mathematicians for decades. Called the Gaussian correlation inequality, it involves the probability of a random point lying in overlapping shapes and is one of those seemingly simple mathematical ideas that is devilishly hard to figure out. Yet the mathematics community was skeptical. Royen published his proof, ...

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14 Innovation Mistakes You Cannot Afford to Make

Do you want to create an innovation-focused culture in your organization? Are you struggling to make it a reality? Are you tired of wondering why your team’s ideas don’t always seem to pan out as originally planned? Or do your team’s problems actually stem from the idea-generating phase? There could be countless issues standing in the way of your organization’s ...

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20 Things Happy People Don’t Do

“Try to give up one of each of these behaviors for the 20 remaining weeks of 2015 and I guarantee that you will be more successful and much happier.” Many things that we value in life are the result of accumulating stuff; experience, wealth, and education all come from adding more to what we have. By contrast, the act of ...

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Healthy Visionaries

If you want to create a high-growth company or transform a slow- or flat-growth organization into a category-dominating leader, you cannot manage this type of growth with an MBA-styled leader who wants to function like a strategic CFO by mainly cutting costs and managing profit and loss. Companies looking to lead—to either invent or reset a category—need to study the ...

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