Author Archives: Kathie Thomas

Innovation Helps Trees Grow in the Desert

A few weeks ago, Popular Science (PopSci) announced its “Best of What’s New 2010” list of the top 100 innovations of the year. Named No. 1 was the Groasis waterboxx, a “dead-simple game-changer.” Indeed, the waterboxx, developed by AquaPro Holland, allows trees to grow anywhere. According to PopSci, “drylands actually have enough water to sustain trees for decades, but it’s ...

Read More »

Tips and Tools for Creating Innovation

An article in this week’s PR News, called “Ideation Creation: Culture and Clarity Keys to Driving Big Ideas,” describes some major challenges organizations face when trying to innovate. According to the article, “the generation of ideas often suffers from a lack of clarity around the problem definition; a lack of specific customer knowledge; and a tendency to accept the status ...

Read More »

Leading Change – Executing Plans and Processes

In my last few posts, I’ve been sharing tips for effectively leading organizational change. I’ve already talked about envisioning the future and results and building a culture that enables change. Today I’ll share thoughts on executing plans and processes. According to my Olin Business School executive education program professor, Dr. Lee Konczak, executing change involves: 1. Establishing plans Part of ...

Read More »

Leading Change – Enabling Change

When leading change initiatives at your organization, it’s important for effective leaders to do four things. Last week, I talked about envisioning the future and results. Today I’d like to discuss enabling change. To do this, leaders must build cultures that accept change, not as a random occurrence, but as a constant event. According to Harvard Business Review bloggers Chris ...

Read More »

Leading Change – Envisioning the Future and Results

As I said on this blog last time, I made a commitment this summer to exploring organizational transformation. I want to now share some information about developing the context for internal and external change. Last week, I introduced four things that effective leaders of change must do. Today I’d like to talk about envisioning the future and results. In a ...

Read More »

Invest in Girls and Transform the World

An adolescent girl stands at the threshold of adulthood. In that moment, much is decided. If she stays in school, remains healthy and gains real skills, she will marry later, have fewer and healthier children, and earn an income that she’ll invest back into her family. But if she follows the path laid down by poverty, she’ll leave school and ...

Read More »

Teetering on the Edge of Innovation

According to NYTimes.com, “the competitive edge of the United States economy has eroded sharply over the last decade …” According to a number of recent studies about global innovation and competitiveness, this appears to be true. While great for the rest of the world, the United States desperately needs to differentiate and seek relevance in the global arena. “The United ...

Read More »

Innovations, Inventions and Great Minds

Webster simply states that “innovation” is the introduction of something new, a new idea, method or device. With the advent of the Internet years ago, the world is at our fingertips. Traveling is fast and convenient because of cars, planes and high-speed trains. But what is often forgotten is that behind our everyday conveniences is a brilliant thinker who brought ...

Read More »

Building 21st Century Skills

It Doesn’t Matter How Long They’re in School as Long as They’re Learning Skills for the Future by Kathie Thomas Yesterday I wrote about the pros and cons of three-year college versus four-year college. That got me thinking about what we need to do to really teach our children to succeed in the future. As the mother of two elementary-school-aged ...

Read More »