Inspiration

Whitney Johnson #BIF7 Summit: Strong Sequel for Real Working Girl

Whitney Johnson dared to disrupt herself when she began her Wall Street career as a secretary, eventually rising to become an Institutional Investor-ranked sell-side equity analyst and now Co-Founder of Clayton Christensen’s investment firm Rose Park Advisors’ Disruptive Innovation Fund. She took the #BIF7 Summit stage with one question: are you ready to disrupt yourself? Watch her story and follow the inspiration at the #BIF9 Summit.

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Barbie and the Curse of Knowledge

I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels that way and other people will jump at the chance to be the "fresh pair of eyes", no? Another good source of "fresh pair of eyes" that might be easily discarded by seasoned managers are: interns and new grads. That's a mistake to me. Give them a chance to absorb enough knowledge so that they understand the subject matter. But also elicit their feedback, ideas, comments and opinions, early and often. Be open-minded and listen to what they have to say.

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Whitney Johnson on Mother's Day

For most of my life, I have believed that learning to wield power and control situations could be best done in the workplace. I have learned many valuable lessons about wielding power well throughout my career on Wall Street. But these pale compared to what I have learned about power at home.

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Teny Gross #BIF8 Summit: The Importance of Being Civilized

We are kicking of this BIF curated series with a video of #BIF8 Summit storyteller and Executive Director of the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, Teny Gross. As a crusader for nonviolence, Teny and his streetworkers are igniting peace in urban Providence. Never shying away from the hard truths about the violence epidemic worldwide, Teny inspires hope while pulling on your heartstrings.

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Lessons from the Puzzle of Innovation

So what this has to do with innovation? Upon reflection, lots of ideas came to my mind about the analogy between solving Jigsaw puzzles and solving the innovation process puzzle, in organizations. So let me start with the Jigsaw puzzle solving process and tips to consider in piecing together your innovation process.

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