Leadership

Proactive versus Reactive Innovation: Learning from Nature

I’ve always believed that we can learn how to innovate, and organize our businesses by learning from nature. One example is to question Wall Street’s obsession with short-term results, by understanding how giant redwoods maximize long-term growth by embracing variations based on short-term changes in resources.   https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/does-wall-street-have-growth-wrong-giant-redwood-trees-pete-foley/.  I also believe that we can learn a lot about fast, agile decision-making ...

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The Best Reason NOT to Have a Backup Plan

I’m going to challenge your intuition and sense of self-preservation. But I’m going to do it in the name of something much greater, self-fulfillment. Stick with me for a few short minutes. I don’t watch much TV or cable, but a few years ago I got caught up in the drama of a live broadcast of Nik Wallenda’s tight rope ...

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Four Ways to Overcome the Impossible

“You’ve heard it a million times but here’s why it’s true.” I’m just coming off of a one year build of a new startup. As with most startups, it’s been a wild ride, with more twists and turns, obstacles and challenges, learning and growth than I would ever have imagined. You’d think after having made the startup journey a handful ...

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Top 20 Innovation Articles of July 2018

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: Design Thinking ...

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Nine Steps to Make the Hardest Decisions Easier

Decision making can be tough, especially for highly creative individuals, but this simplified approach of “Separating the Seeds from the Weeds” can clarify virtually every decision you make. If you want to make good decisions you have to get out of the emotional weeds. I’ve seen some of the smartest people I know struggle with decisions, especially those really tough ...

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How to Use the Three Horizons for Future Sensemaking

Plenty of pieces talk about the Three Horizons Framework from a 30k-50k ft level. However, this post will close the gaps and explore potential “tabletop” collaboration tips, templates, and examples to anchor this at a ground zero level. Do you have the capabilities to carry out those bets? Where would you invest your time, money, and energy? Visual foresight frameworks ...

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One Thing All Successful People Have in Common

I was speaking with a good friend recently and she shared with me something that triggered a thought about what makes people successful and happy. If you’re an innovator, pay close attention, this is especially relevant to you. Stick with me because this is perhaps the most important lesson I’ve learned about success and which I can pass on. I’ve ...

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