Psychology

Why Social Skills Are Trumping Cognitive Skills

Why Social Skills Are Trumping Cognitive Skills

From roughly the time of Jesus to Napoleon, life changed little. Then the industrial revolution replaced muscle power with steam power and human existence was transformed. Incomes, life expectancy and population, which had long been locked in Malthusian conflict, began to reinforce each other and rise in tandem. It’s hard to overestimate how profound that change was. Prosperity, rather than being tied ...

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Innovation Misdirection

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Sometimes the fact you are keeping a trade secret is well known in the marketplace. Your product may work better than competitors’ products; you may have a price advantage; or others just cannot replicate your product. Competitors may be working hard to reverse engineer or replicate your secrets. If you want to protect your trade secrets you can use Innovation ...

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How To Connect People To Drive Innovation

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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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Innovation Starts…OR Ends with Mindset

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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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Inventors are Not Created Equal

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How to Recognize and Grow Different Types of Inventors Innovators are often difficult to recognize. They don’t wear signs or fit a particular personality profile. Sometimes they quietly go through the day while drawing little attention to themselves and many times it seems they cannot stop talking about their ideas or inventions. What often happens is inventors fall into different ...

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How to Actually Keep a Trade Secret

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I can’t tell you it is a secret – well ok… Trade secrets have a number of fundamental flaws. Probably the most difficult thing about keeping a trade secret is your company has to be able to keep a secret. While the concept of keeping a secret is easy, the implementation can be extremely difficult. With algorithm or process based secrets, ...

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The Power of Unplugging

The Power of Unplugging

A favorite vacation spot is the Forgotten Coast, a cape wedged in between the sea and a bay. The best part of the location is that a smartphone connection does not work. All of the incessant demands of running a business, having clients, making social media updates, keeping up with news for organizations for whom we serve on boards: poof, gone.

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Your New Idea is not Where You Think it is

Your New Idea Is Not Where You Think It Is

In the 1950s, in rural Oklahoma, at a place called Robbers Cave, several researchers performed an experiment we would find unethical today. They invited twenty-two eleven-year-old boys to participate in a three week camp. The researchers advertised a wholesome summer camp experience. The experience they delivered was very different.

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The Uncertainty Problem

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Business runs on certainty.  Investors want predictable profits and will punish companies that vacillate up and down.  Managers want accountable employees who they can trust to get things done.  Customers want to deal with firms that they can be sure will be around next week. When things are uncertain, penalties are imposed. Valuations tumble, people get fired, customers flee.  That’s ...

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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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