Leadership

Inspiring Your Team with a Chief Innovation Officer

Who inspires your team? Who develops the ideas, promotes an environment that fosters creative camaraderie, nourishes espirit de corps – and steers the organization toward greatness? In short, who is your Chief Innovation Officer? Every organization that grows by creating new products or services or aspires to out-class the competition needs a Chief Innovation Officer, or CIO. In Robert’s Rules ...

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Optimizing Innovation – Panel Discussion

We are happy to bring you some of the key points and insights from a panel discussion at the Optimizing Innovation Conference, which was held October 21-22, 2009 in New York City. The panel topic was “Successfully Innovating in the Current Economy”. The panelists were Robert Repetto (Wyeth Biotech), Halina Karachuck (AXA Equitable), Randy Calson (Diageo), and Karen Morris (Chartis ...

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Tenure versus Loyalty

If your organization confuses loyalty and tenure there is trouble on the horizon. If your business highly values tenure as a measure for employee evaluation, it is time for you to consider updating your talent management practices and procedures. So, what’s wrong with tenure you ask? In principle very little; but in practice virtually everything. Think of any organization that ...

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Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

Who said this: “Did I behave irresponsibly? Not totally, because I had something in mind I wanted to do. Am I sorry for what I did? Yes, I am. Would I do it differently? Probably not. It’s the way I was, and that’s something I have to live with today.” Sounds like a corporate creep who got caught with his ...

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Setting a Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal (BHAG)

by Matthew E May Over at the American Express Open Forum Idea Hub, I’ve posted “How to Set a BHAG.” A BHAG is a Big, Hairy Audacious Goal, and it’s a term coined by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras. I’m constantly asked about the challenge of complacency — you know, things are going well, but there’s a comfort setting in, ...

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Where are the Market and Product Explorers?

Ok, after a number of years and a range of clients, I’ve seen a lot of titles. Product Manager, Product Developer, Product Development Manager, etc. I’ve even seen titles like Innovation Manager and Ideator and some other more fanciful titles. These are all valid and important roles. But what is evident to me is that while we place great emphasis ...

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Inspiring Innovation

From small startups to world leadership organizations, innovation is a must for business to thrive and perpetuate. How can your organization inspire innovation? With long-term commitment to progress of the process, leaders must drive the journey from start through finish. Clearly-defined expectations towards the progress, as well as a definitive end-result are imperative elements involved. As a leader, one must ...

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Broken Trust

This is the final post in a three part series on trust. The first post was an interview with Chris Brogan, the second was on creating a No Spin Zone, and today’s post is on the topic of Broken Trust. Some of my work happens to be in the field of crisis management, and given the recent calamity surrounding what ...

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A No Spin Zone

Status Quo - The Big Lie

As a follow-up to my interview last week with Chris Brogan, New York Times bestselling author of “Trust Agents”, I felt that it was only appropriate to take a closer look at the topic of trust. My feeling is that business should be a no spin zone because trust really does matter. However in the wake of some of the ...

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