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Innovation and How to Recruit and Retain Top Millennial Talent

Innovation and How to Recruit and Retain Top Millennial Talent

As discussed in the new innovation book Robert’s Rules of Innovation II: The Art of Implementation, one of the biggest reasons why the actual implementation of innovation can become such a formidable if not insurmountable process is because of people-related issues. A key element to successfully implementing innovation is finding and keeping the right people. While it goes without saying ...

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Learning to forget the past

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Overcoming the 'way we do things' is a key ingredient to successful innovation, but it's one that few organizatiosn do well. This article looks at how you can successfully overcome the past to help you craft the future.

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The Tony Soprano Problem

The Tony Soprano Problem

Tony Soprano, the heavy-handed mafia boss from the famous TV show, was a master of coercion.  Through violence, extortion and bribery he rose to the top of his industry, leaving competitors in his wake.  Despite the high employee turnover in his organization, he achieved attractive margins. Yet sensing that he could benefit by exploring alternative strategies, he often sought the advice ...

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Traditional vs Agile Project Management for Innovators

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Which is the superior approach to project management, Waterfall or Agile? After talking with an expert on project management, I learned that’s not the right question. Instead, we should ask, “Which tool is best for this project?” It might be Agile, Waterfall, a customized combination of both tools, or something else. Further, Waterfall and Agile and just specific forms of ...

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3 Business Innovation Reports You Must Read Right Now

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The following business innovation reports cover three core elements that consistently prove important to success: developing a certain kind of company culture; the connection between data, legislature, challenges, and opportunities; and finally, emerging business trends that continuously impact enterprise innovation programs.

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What’s Your Innovation Ambition?

What's Your Innovation Ambition?

As Oscar Wilde said, “We are all in the gutter; but some of us are looking at the stars”.  To me this phrase says a lot about ambition.  It starts with a vision, a dream, an inspiring view of where we want to be in the future.  Of course the bit about being in the gutter is a bit dramatic; ...

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Growing Together – Synthetic Teamwork

Growing Together - Synthetic Teamwork

In Henry Mintzberg’s 1994 landmark book, The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning, the author calls for a new method to create effective strategies. He notes that, “Strategic planning isn’t strategic thinking. One is analysis, the other is synthesis.” Mintzberg draws a definitive line between those that create strategy and those that devise the plan, arguing that the two are ...

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The Revolution Will Not Be Centralized

The Revolution Will Not Be Centralized

In his novel The Castle, Franz Kafka tells the story of a man named “K” who is summoned by mysterious authorities for unknown reasons.  He finds himself at the mercy of their bureaucracy and endless paperwork, which is carried out for a purpose that nobody can fathom but everyone seems to accept. Most people can relate to the story.  20th century ...

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Top 20 Innovation Articles of July 2016

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Drum roll please… At the beginning of each month we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month that generated the most traffic to Innovation Excellence. We also publish a weekly Top 8 as part of our FREE email newsletter. Did your favorite make the cut? But enough delay, here are July’s twenty most popular innovation posts: Lessons from ...

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