collaboration

Actually, People Love Change

"People resist change." I heard this about 10 times at a workshop where I recently gave a keynote. After about the fifth time, it got me thinking. When I went up to give my talk, I asked people to raise their hands in response to these questions..

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The Best Innovation Strategy is Searching for Needs

The Booz & Company’s study confirms that following a Need Seekers strategy offers the greatest potential for superior performance in the long term. Fifty percent of respondents who defined their companies as Need Seekers said their companies were effective at both the ideation and conversion stages of innovation compared with just 12 percent of Market Readers and 20 percent of Technology Drivers. These are the same companies, by and large, that consistently outperform financially.

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Full House of Innovation

Much is written about the importance of diversity in teams and also about the competitive advantage that high-performance teams can build for an organization. There is a lot to read about boosting creativity and forcefully injecting different perspectives into the ideation process. But, we don’t talk enough about the roles that are necessary for innovation success.

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The Changing Game of Strategy

We’ve long known that strategic planning has serious limitations. The notion of managers as generals, guiding action from high on the hill, is an outdated concept at best. While that doesn't always register with us grownups, the often-maligned Millennials know it intuitively and a lot of that has to do with the games they play.

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