Psychology

What Impedes Innovation?

Five Glitches Sabotaging Your Plan What company, division or team isn’t striving for some combination of better, faster, cheaper in order to compete? A recent Korn/Ferry survey found that 84% of executives believe that innovation is very important to future success. No big surprise – everyone in the business and non-profit worlds seem to be talking innovation as mission critical. ...

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Earning Respect for Innovation

Like Rodney Dangerfield’s character, innovators often get very little respect. Even noted innovation consultants, like yours truly, have learned to weather a questioning glance when we admit that we work to promote innovation. Usually, that’s followed up with a question that can best be paraphrased as: “That’s a real job?” Yes, Dorothy, innovation is a real job, an often thankless, ...

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Forcing People to Innovate

Taking Away Degrees of Freedom to Rekindle the Innovative Spirit “Necessity is the mother of invention.” – Plato My son came back from a trip during which he broke a guitar string that he could not replace. He was actually delighted with the experience, having had to invent a different way of playing the instrument, and discovering new harmonies. With ...

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Innovation Interview with Robert B. Tucker

Robert B. Tucker is a popular innovation speaker and consultant. Since 1986, with the publication of Winning the Innovation Game, he has coached and advised managers, executives, and entire teams at organizations ranging from IBM to the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory to SAP. Post-it Note inventor Art Fry said that after a 40 year career developing new products for ...

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The Downside of Passion

Review any list of positive leadership traits and “passion” will undoubtedly rank near the top – rightly so. In most cases passion is an asset capable of carrying you through tough times, sharpening your perspective, revealing purpose, and helping you succeed in the face of overwhelming odds. You’ll find no shortage of content describing the positive attributes of passion, but ...

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Innovation Obstacle – Switching Costs

One of the major obstacles to innovation is switching costs. Here’s a story that shows why: after 120 years, the main library at Princeton University is finally converting all of it’s books to the Library of Congress book classification system. This is remarkable for several reasons. The main one is that the Library of Congress system itself is 113 years ...

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Innovation as Self-Actualization

I’ve been reading a number of books about how to increase engagement and excitement at work. Two on my desk right now are Bury my heart at Conference Room B (which I have mixed feelings about) and the other is The Progress Principle (which I will be reviewing on this blog shortly). Both books speak to the fact that businesses ...

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Leadership Innovation – a Chinese View

Leadership Innovation: 7 Game-Changing Mind Sets for the Future of Leadership "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function." . F. Scott Fitzgerald. Today’s downturn economy, accelerated globalization, energy shortage and many other uncertainties have made the world become a complex, unpredictable ever changing macro-environment.

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Do We Need an American Idol for Innovators?

In honor of Labor Day let’s raise the national conversation about self-created jobs, employment, wealth creation and…TAKING ACTION.  If a nation wishes to become more innovative, it can only do so when it acknowledges it’s current PAIN and systemically thinks, prototypes, works, designs it’s way out of the PAIN. eg: post-WWII Germany and Japan as prime examples.  Here’s one self-annointed ...

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