Entrepreneurship

Innovation – The Knowing-Doing Gap

A recent survey of mid-western manufacturers reinforces a fairly serious issue where innovation is concerned. In the survey, the vast majority of executives recognize that innovation must start with the executive team. That’s a good thing. There are some issues of concern in the survey as well – the fact that only about a quarter of the firms survey set ...

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Change Your Work

You are you, and work is work, but work must fit you, not the other way around. Yet we hose it up most of the time. Most of the time it’s: “improve your weaknesses” or “close your gaps”. Make no mistake, this is code for “change yourself so you fit our work.” I say we flip it on its head; ...

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Who inspires you?

Are you inspired by people like you, or people better than you? We all look to others for inspiration. For ideas to emulate. To improve our personal and professional performance. But we go about that differently. Some of us look to those who are already well ahead of us. We look up, so to speak, at their performance and level ...

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Seven Managers Struggling With Innovation

The reason why a lot of managers struggle with innovation is because they are too far removed from the commercial reality. Neal Thornberry, professor of Management at the American Babson College, explains it as follows: Marketing presentations take the place of real opportunity analysis. They don’t know if they can make it, if anybody will buy it, for how long, at what price and how they will defend it against people trying to steal their market.

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Innovator Profile – Sarah Miller Caldicott

What if you were related to Thomas Edison?  You might wonder, as Sarah Miller Caldicott, his great grandniece, did… exactly “why the Edison phonograph and cylindrical records in her childhood home worked so differently from the small plastic record player that spun 45’s and wax LP’s?” She wondered, “How did they get this way?” Wondered indeed. Caldicott went on wondering how ...

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