collaboration

The Tony Soprano Problem

The Tony Soprano Problem

Tony Soprano, the heavy-handed mafia boss from the famous TV show, was a master of coercion.  Through violence, extortion and bribery he rose to the top of his industry, leaving competitors in his wake.  Despite the high employee turnover in his organization, he achieved attractive margins. Yet sensing that he could benefit by exploring alternative strategies, he often sought the advice ...

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The Dysfunctional Innovation Ecosystem

We naturally think an ecosystem should be positive or encouraging toward their end goal and naturally evolve to support their stated purpose. However, innovation tends to be different. If left unchecked or allowed to evolve on its own, innovation within an organization tends to become an innovation prevention program instead of a positive ecosystem to encourage or nurture innovation. Without ...

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The Role of Confidence in Innovation

So, I’m not the most confident guy out there. In fact, being shy and generally introverted (INFP, represent!), I tend not to exude “confidence”. But in coming up with a topic to write about, this got me thinking… maybe confidence isn’t the cliché assertive, narcissistic alpha-person that often comes to mind when confidence is being discussed. Maybe, instead, it includes ...

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Participative Innovation at France Job Center

Reynald Chapuis is Innovation and CSR manager at France Job Center (Pôle Emploi). He shares with us the various and tangible initiatives he lead at Pôle Emploi, from participative innovation, E-Novaction platform, Innovation Lab, Innovation App store, emploi-store.fr, to the open innovation cluster, Lab RH. Welcome to a world where unemployment is not a fatal, but can trigger a rebound.

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Agile at Orange France

Koen Vermeulen is CIO at Orange France, and awarded CIO of the year in 2015. He kindly accepted to answer a few questions related to the implemnation of Agile methodology, and how it brings a brand new spirit for innovation projects.

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Business Transformation Is All About Feedback

We aim to optimize performance, hence the business term: Performance Management. Sounds simple, but of course it isn’t. Humans have a lust for control and have developed quite a few mental concepts to ‘control’ performance management; processes, ratings, manuals, competency frameworks, forms, collective labor agreements, etc.

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