Psychology

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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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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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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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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