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Understanding Innovation the W L Gore Way

Once in a while you have to stop and reflect. Why do I keep banging away at innovation, along with countless others? Often I feel we are preaching to the converted, or the ones forced to listen just in case they miss something and are suddenly banished to hell, a non-innovating organization. A place where no one will ever listen ...

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Innovation is a Capability NOT an Activity

I get this fairly regularly, a senior executive who is in somewhat dire straits. Their firms, once leaders in their industries, neglected R&D, postponed interesting new products and services and failed to innovate consistently. Now, they are no longer the lead dog, and are unhappy with the view from behind. To begin to remedy three to five years of focusing ...

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List of the Week: 18 Low Tech Learning Innovations

Tom Vander Ark’s 18 Low Tech Learning Innovations in this week’s Huffington Post, was written for educators and school systems, but is just as relevant to the workplace and employees.  Just substitute “employee” for student and “CEO” for principal and you’ll get the idea.  Over 20 years of working on innovation projects inside of companies have shown me that “permssion ...

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The Risks of Dampening Down Innovation Productivity

With many of the leading developed and developing countries experiencing a contracting economic performance we are getting caught in a ‘catch 22’ situation. The more our firms do not expand, the lower the innovation productivity rate. The lower the productivity rate, the tougher it becomes to improve standards of living, boost skills, deepen capabilities, keep competitive and find those more ...

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10 Steps to Boost Corporate Innovation

Here are ten steps to boosting your corporate innovation efforts: 1. Know What Innovation Means Before you start on the path to innovation, be sure you know what innovation is and is not. A lot of CEOs say, “innovation is our number one priority.” Yet, I suspect many of them would be hard put to actually define innovation in simple ...

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Resilience! aka Tom Peters

JUST when I was feeling completely physically and spiritually exhausted by the dumb and dumber Debt debate….this popped onto the screen of my i-phone and I was momentarily renewed by the automatic smile inside that this voice so often provokes: The “2Rs”: Relentless. Resilient. All you need to know?? 15 hours ago tom_peters and then… In the Resilience. Grant, looks ...

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