Management

Why Organizations Fail

A few weeks ago, my little girl came down with a case of strep throat. From there, things followed a predictable pattern.  My wife soon came down with it as well and then I did too. We took turns lying in bed unproductively, woozy from a high fever and struggling to swallow. It was a silly episode when you think ...

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Four Simple Layers to Frame Government Innovation for the Next Presidential Administration and Beyond

Today, the concept of government innovation has rapidly moved to the top of the public policy dialogue with the increasing recognition that, like private industry, government should push itself to innovate and transform how it delivers services to its citizens. Over the past 20 years there has been growing interest in government innovation and the notion of ...

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How I Learned To Hack

How I Learned to Hack

The origins of the term “hack” are unusually rich and expansive.  Originally, it was a wholly pejorative term, meaning to work haphazardly.  When people called you a “talentless hack,” it meant that you were wholly unoriginal, cobbling together mediocre performance from the scraps of others’ work. Yet these same attributes, when applied to technology, came to represent the height of ...

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How To Connect People To Drive Innovation

What is Bimodal People Management? It might be the next stage for your HR department. A new chapter that takes HR on an exciting journey of exploration into uncharted territory of business transformation. A new way of working that fosters creativity and connects more people than ever before. A new HR mindset that adds more value than ever before. What ...

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Rodeo Innovation

If you have ever watched calf roping in the rodeo, you have seen the cowboy ride out after a running calf, rope it, throw it to the ground, loop a rope around its back legs, and throw his hand in the air. Some innovation programs are run in a similar manner. I have been associated with innovation programs in large ...

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Top 20 Innovation Articles of September 2016

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 September’s twenty most popular innovation posts: Learn from ...

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A Model for Dual Corporate Innovation Management

As rightly pointed out by Tim Kastelle recently, it’s imperative to distinguish discovery from execution when it comes to startup and innovation activities – bearing in mind that both purposes are complementary and equally important. Along with the case made in my previous post, this suggests following a dual approach to balanced corporate innovation management. The main objective of dual approaches is to sufficiently separate exploration-/discovery-oriented initiatives from exploitation-/execution-oriented ones ...

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Defining Portfolio Scope: Is it Necessary for Effective Portfolio Management?

Many of our clients ask if they need to specifically define what projects, products or offerings should be included in their product portfolios and what should be left out. Leading portfolio management practices advocate the need for defining portfolio inclusion criteria. Why is it necessary to define your portfolio’s scope? There are at least two compelling reasons: clear portfolio ownership ...

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Innovation Starts…OR Ends with Mindset

In her bestselling book Mindset, psychologist Carol Dweck argues that people who see their skills as a fixed set of strengths and weaknesses tend not to achieve much. On the other hand, those that see their skills as dynamic and changeable are able to continually grow their abilities and soar to great heights. Businesses are the same way. Most see their business ...

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