Psychology

Barbie and the Curse of Knowledge

I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels that way and other people will jump at the chance to be the "fresh pair of eyes", no? Another good source of "fresh pair of eyes" that might be easily discarded by seasoned managers are: interns and new grads. That's a mistake to me. Give them a chance to absorb enough knowledge so that they understand the subject matter. But also elicit their feedback, ideas, comments and opinions, early and often. Be open-minded and listen to what they have to say.

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Monster Loyalty, ala Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is one of the most well-known pop artists in the world, which is no surprise given her vocal talents and often bizarre wardrobe. She’s sold 23 million albums, won five Grammy awards, and been named by Forbes as one of the world’s most powerful celebrities. But behind the public persona lies a shrewd and calculating business professional..

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Kantian Innovation

On a bike ride through a nearby university campus I noticed a sign in a recently re-planted area asking students to stay off the new grass. one can see worn paths in grassy areas indicating that people had elected to take a shortcut to reach a destination rather than staying on the sidewalk or pavement. When I see these paths, I think of Immanuel Kant and innovation.

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When Brainstorming Works

I have been highly critical of brainstorming over the past year or two. And I am not the only one. The formal brainstorming process as defined by Alex Osborn some 60 years ago has come in for criticism since Mr. Osborn first wrote about it. But over the past couple of years, a growing body of research shows that all the assumptions behind brainstorming are flawed.

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Wrestle Your Success To The Ground

Innovation, as a word, has become too big for its own good, and, as a word, is almost useless. Sure, it can be used to enable magical reinvention of business models and revolutionary products and technologies, but it can also be used to rationalize the rehash work we were going to do anyway.

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Achieving Innovation Resonance

I've written in the past about how innovation is all about value and about how innovation veracity is more important than innovation velocity. Now it is time to take the innovation conversations about value and veracity to the next level - to innovation resonance - and how difficult it is to achieve and maintain. Achieving innovation resonance is about...

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