Culture & Values

After TED – What in the World is Wurman Up To?

What do you do AFTER you invent TED? Steven Heller, another of my Go-To Cultural Cull-Masters delivers the news about Richard Saul Wurman here. Don’t miss an article (3,000+) – Subscribe to our RSS feed and join our Innovation Excellence group! Julie Anixter is Chief Innovation Officer at Maga Design and a Founder of Innovation Excellence.

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3 Key Components of an Innovation Culture

Good artists borrow and great artists steal. Today I am a great artist, and stealing from another. At a recent speaking engagement which I attended virtually through a Twitter stream, Rob Shelton described an innovation culture as being made of vision and metrics and motivation. I thought this was an excellent summation of the attributes of an innovation culture, and ...

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Are you checking your Innovation Pulse?

So often our innovation health seems to change abruptly or equally just simply slip away. It could be caused by many things: a call for reorganization or restructuring or a key part of the team decides to leave. It might be the organization has a second quarterly drop in sales and profits or those layoff simply keep cutting away until ...

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Our Brains Are Out to Get Us!

Andy Grove, the founder of microchip giant Intel, once said, “Business success contains the seeds of its own destruction.” Just look around and it’s hard to argue with him. General Motors. Enron. Washington Mutual. Lehman Brothers. PanAm. The landscape is littered with once-dominant companies that have lost their position of market leadership or gone completely out of business. These companies ...

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Give Employees More Time to Innovate!

During the past few years I’ve noticed a curious paradox heading its ugly rear among business leaders tooting the horn for innovation. On one hand they want the rank and file to step up to the plate and own the effort to innovate. On the other hand, they are unwilling to grant the people they are exhorting any more TIME ...

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What If You Asked “What If?”

Recently I was doing a keynote presentation on innovation when a member of the audience, a senior manager at a large company, posed this question: “What’s the difference between individual and organizational innovation? We have plenty of people who come up with good ideas, but nothing new ever seems to get done in our company.” This particular manager happens to ...

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