Leadership

Measuring Your Innovation Maturity

Measuring Innovation Maturity

When it comes to innovation, no two companies are likely to be pursuing innovation in the same way, and they are also likely to be at different stages of innovation maturity. Because of this, even if you found out what your competitor's innovation strategy was, it would be of no use to you. It is necessary for an innovation strategy ...

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A Peek Inside the Mind of Jeff Bezos

It is not too often that the leader of a Fortune 500 gives you an insight into how their company achieves competitive advantage in the marketplace in a letter to shareholders, instead of launching into a page or two of flowery prose written by the Public Relations (PR) team that works for them. The former is what Jeff Bezos tends ...

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Help Us Support Gender Equity on May 10th

Help Us Support Gender Equity on May 10th

We are excited to announce on behalf of Innovation Excellence friend Tiffany Shlain that 50/50 Day is less than a month away and we can’t wait for this global conversation about gender equality! For those of you who haven’t signed up yet to host an event at your company, school, organization, or home, there’s still time. Watch a 2 minute ...

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Innovation is Social

If your organization is struggling to sustain its innovation efforts, then I hope you will do the following things. Find the purpose and passion that everyone can rally around. Create the flexibility necessary to deal with the constant change that a focus on innovation requires for both customers and the organization. Make innovation the social activity it truly must be ...

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Buy-In – Getting the Yes, Fighting the No

Disclaimer: I do not pretend to know the answer to this. My own experience—somewhat long, is littered with failures and, some successes. But, there may be some lessons for me–at least, although admittedly, I do not always learn. Since very early I have personally and/or professionally “played” with ideas, trying to bring them to reality. I know many of you ...

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Storytelling, the Brain & Work Culture

I love the quote by the poet Muriel Rukeyser that says “The universe is made of stories, not atoms.” Humans live for stories. We learn from stories at home, school, from friends, and also very compellingly at work. Humans within a work culture are motivated by stories. Look at the famous founding myths of HP and Apple in the garages, of Fred Smith and FedEx, and ...

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Successful Strategy: Why it’s a Social Thing

Consider who needs to be on board for success. Your board of directors? The senior leadership team? Particular committees? Indispensable coalitions like these have the potential to create the kind of zeal that trickles down to all participants, large and small. Igniting this flame is key to successful execution. Understand that it travels socially, between individuals and through morale. The investment must come through the coalition’s social web.

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