People & Skills

Getting the Right Talent for Innovation

When I hire innovation team member, I always look for certain characteristics beyond just job experience and track record. I look for people who are competitive by nature, who have a high tolerance for ambiguity, who are great at networking, and who have a good head for numbers.

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The Lego Kit of Life (by Design)

What if I said that life was a set of Lego® bricks ~ all sorts of sizes, shapes, colors with a few bricks fixed together, unbreakable, but mot of them easily taken apart and rearranged? If you're like me, you love (yup, you still do, face it!) playing, building, creating with lego (that's why I hang out with engineers and makers).

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Lessons from Monet: Impressions of Innovation

Innovation Excellence

I did not set out to chronicle the innovative characteristics of the great painters (my previous writing was on Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings), yet somehow I ended up following precisely that path as I read a new book by Ross King on Claude Monet’s famous Water Lilies. In Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies, King examines ...

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Successful Strategy: Why it’s a Social Thing

Consider who needs to be on board for success. Your board of directors? The senior leadership team? Particular committees? Indispensable coalitions like these have the potential to create the kind of zeal that trickles down to all participants, large and small. Igniting this flame is key to successful execution. Understand that it travels socially, between individuals and through morale. The investment must come through the coalition’s social web.

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Why Cultivate Innovation Agility?

I was at a committee meeting recently and one of the guiding principles adopted by the team was “agile decision making – the 80:20 rule”. When I inquired as to what “agile decision making” actually meant, I was informed that it meant accelerating planning by making fast decisions that did not need to be “perfect”. So does this mean that I ...

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How to Educate Yourself for the Future

In fact, a recent report from the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) showed that 40 percent of jobs are in danger of becoming obsolete. This phenomenon is called the Law of Accelerating Change, and it’s not going to slow down anytime soon. The only thing we can do to prepare for such change is to learn how to adapt to, better yet anticipate, it.

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