Leadership

The Biggest Risk You’ll Ever Take

Hint: It’s not what you think it is. Are you a gambler? The answer might surprise you. Risk is part of being an entrepreneur. You are accustomed to taking risks, otherwise you wouldn’t be contemplating or running your own business, right? Well, perhaps, but it has to do with how you define risk and where you see its origins. My ...

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Top 20 Innovation Articles of April 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 April’s twenty most popular innovation posts: One Thing ...

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The Real Reasons Failure Is Important To Innovation

We’ve all heard the mantras around failure. “Fail fast. Fail often.” “Love your failures.” “You can’t succeed without failure.” But why? Why is failure so important to innovation and success? Why are we constantly being told to embrace failure rather than run away from it? We are told often it’s because we learn the most from our mistakes. If we ...

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This Is What Real Courage Looks Like

Have the courage to do this one thing and you’ll never look at giving up in the same way again. “…never give in, never give in, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.” – Winston Churchill If you’ve followed me on inc.com you’re well aware ...

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Hallmarks of Organizational Ambidexterity

If you are a frequent reader of my posts, you may know we’ve been relentlessly highlighting the importance of organizational ambidexterity as vital requirement for modern dual corporate innovation approaches. Managing today’s business and creating future’s business successfully at the same time is probably the most demanding, yet indispensable challenge for future-proof organizations and their leaders. But what are hallmarks of successful organizational ambidexterity? What do companies that have properly implemented ...

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Do You Have What it Takes to Dream Big?

Five things that will bring your dream to life and keep it alive. At the risk of sounding arrogant my view is that the world consists of two fundamental personalities, those who persevere and simply refuse to give up on their dreams, and those who give in to fear, uncertainty, and doubt and walk away from their dreams. That’s not ...

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Revisiting the 5 Biggest Business Trends for 2016

They say there’s nothing new under the sun. Well, whoever “they” are, they likely never tried to build a business. Because in business it’s always about finding something new that somehow allows you to differentiate and capture an advantage-fleeting though it may be. At the end of 2015 I identified five critical trends to give you that edge. And if ...

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