Psychology

Innovation and Bridging the Generational Divide

Innovation and Bridging the Generational Divide

How to Fine-Tune Working Relationships between Boomers and Millennials to Create Harmonious Innovation Teams The innovation book Robert’s Rules of Innovation: A 10-Step Program for Corporate Survival lays out a step-by-step framework of 10 Key Imperatives that an organization must take to achieve profitable business growth through innovation. While a structured, repeatable innovation process is critical to create and sustain ...

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How to be Radically Open-Minded

How to be Radically Open-Minded

(in times of exponential change and innovation) Most of us like to see ourselves as open-minded. In the workplace, we claim to be open to our colleagues’ ideas and suggestions, and from time to time we even go along with some of those ideas rather than ours. As long as their ideas don’t compete with our paradigms, assumptions and preconceptions ...

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Looking for Lightning When Hiring

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We’ve been interviewing a lot lately, trying to fill key positions at the Southern Growth Studio. We have been inundated with well-qualified people seeking exile from soul-crushing corporate cultures and large, global consultancies where they feel like a machine part.

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Happiness as a Company Goal

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Happiness, the highest goal in life? Can you think of a higher goal in life than happiness? That’s hard right? Looking back in time, many philosophers from all eras have thought this through from different angles. From Socrates and Epicurus to Siddhartha and Confucius, they all concluded that happiness is a state of consciousness and something you can influence with a certain life style.

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Tips for Facilitating Meetings with Different Personality Types

Tips for Facilitating Meetings with Different Personality Types

Anyone who has lead a meeting has been there.  You are leading a meeting, ideation session or workshop, and watching the meeting run off track or hijacked by the mix of personalities in the room.  Getting the conversation back on course can be a huge effort, assuming the meeting gets back on track at all. Leading conversations with many personality ...

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The Value of an Innovator Mindset

When it comes to driving innovation, the single most important consideration is mindset—the mindset of those attempting to achieve innovation, and the mindset of those they encounter. This is not speculation. In my peer-reviewed research, I have measured mindset and compared it to value creation, and it makes a huge difference in innovation success.

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Business Transformation Is All About Feedback

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We aim to optimize performance, hence the business term: Performance Management. Sounds simple, but of course it isn’t. Humans have a lust for control and have developed quite a few mental concepts to ‘control’ performance management; processes, ratings, manuals, competency frameworks, forms, collective labor agreements, etc.

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How to Defeat Your Cultural Antibodies

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As Innovation and Growth Strategy consultants we have methods, processes, and exercises that we apply to client problems, but what is even more impactful is something else ultimately. That something is perhaps the rarest asset in corporate America for an unknown reason, something called courage.

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