Culture & Values

Top 10 Innovation Drivers

Because our global headquarters are located in the Adirondack Mountains, we live in a “tell it like it is” culture. We are surrounded by maple syrup producers who are used to boiling things down to their essence. No unnecessary ingredients. No complicated consultant speak. What follows is our distillation of what really works to create a sustainable innovation culture.

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My One Word for 2012 – Ingenuity

“Ingenuity," John Kao suggests, is perhaps the most under-represented discussions of innovation, and at the same time, one of the most critical elements for addressing the challenges facing global society today. Many of these, from climate change to economic disparity, are escalating at a staggering pace that requires precisely the acceleration of the innovation process that ingenuity can provide.

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Innovation Essentials – Turning Your Flywheel

In his acclaimed bestseller, Good to Great, Jim Collins talks about what he calls the “Flywheel Effect.” He describes how small actions and decisions, made over a period of time, add up to sustained momentum and success for great companies—like small nudges building momentum on a flywheel. I agree and riffing on his metaphor, I would add that our flywheel can be turning in either direction. It’s possible that a series of seemingly small decisions and incremental actions can gradually undermine our success. So the key question becomes: Which direction is your flywheel turning?

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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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