culture

Don’t Blame Technology for Your Failure

Cédric Mao and Erwann Rozier founded Fly The Nest, to help startups grow, scale, and leave the nest, while keeping a consistent and cohesive team functioning. They tell us more about this organization discipline, which can also rule for innovation teams in established companies. 1) Nicolas Bry: What problem is addressing Fly the Nest? You’re speaking of ‘building powerful team’s: ...

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Experiments in Talent Retention

A fallacy about organizational management prevents many firms from getting the best out of their best people: the notion that everyone who excels in their jobs will eventually become managers, directors, etc. True, some may have a talent for management, while others flourish in active roles that have nothing to do with managing. Yet, the “up or out” paradigm that exists in ...

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Culture Trumps Concepts

When many people hear the word “Innovation” they think of a service that created a category: Xerox or FedEx. Or, they think of one that made bold, brilliant moves to earn a leadership position in an emerging space: Google, Facebook, Uber and Airbnb.

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Culture is the Key Indicator of Innovation

An odd dynamic is taking place among the C-suite of many companies. They demand more innovation from the organization without really knowing what that means and the implications it has for the organization. Innovation requires a change in the organization, but leaders are too often unwilling to do what is required to make the changes. When an organization needs more ...

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Create Your Invisible Advantage through a Culture of Innovation

Want a Culture of Innovation? Here’s how to create an organization focused on freethinking, an entrepreneurial spirit, and sustainable value creation at all levels across all functions. Editor’s note: This article based on Kaplan’s upcoming book, The Invisible Advantage Every organization is designed to get the results it gets. Poor performance comes from a poorly designed organization. Superior results emerge ...

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Making innovation a Habit – the birth of the creative leader

“The traditional way we’ve thought about leadership—which I would describe as leading from the front, this idea that someone is at the top making all of the decisions—is not the most effective way of unlocking the creativity of an organization, whether it’s a traditional design organization, like an Ideo, or a company that’s trying to be more creative in the ...

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War Games and the Forgetting Challenge

One of the hardest challenges facing any organization that aspires to innovate is overcoming the existing orthodoxy.  This is especially so when that orthodoxy has become a successful and well celebrated part of your company’s past, and has led to the successful rise through the ranks of many of your senior executives. It’s a topic I’ve touched on before, with ...

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