Strategy

eX Summit: Is the real innovation around employee engagement?

Employee Engagement?

Many organizations have failed to focus on the experiences of their most important competitive advantage: employees. It’s now time to talk about the employee experience (EX). That’s why I’ve founded eX Summit, a space to debate the importance and impact of the employee experience. Our first event eX Indy will take place on September 22 in Indianapolis.

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The Tony Soprano Problem

The Tony Soprano Problem

Tony Soprano, the heavy-handed mafia boss from the famous TV show, was a master of coercion.  Through violence, extortion and bribery he rose to the top of his industry, leaving competitors in his wake.  Despite the high employee turnover in his organization, he achieved attractive margins. Yet sensing that he could benefit by exploring alternative strategies, he often sought the advice ...

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Consulting Industry Caught in the Crossfire

Consulting Industry Caught in the Crossfire

The worlds of employment and business are becoming increasingly turbulent as the stability of the enterprise grows ever shorter, the loyalty of the enterprise to its people faces extinction, and the wealthy countries of the world stand at a precipice of overhanging debt. Increasingly intelligent digital technologies and mercurial customer expectations threaten both people and enterprise at every turn.

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How Many Types of Innovation are there?

Ten Types of Innovation

The simplest way to categorize innovation is into two types – incremental and radical.    Incremental innovation is an improvement in an existing thing (e.g. product, process or service).  Radical innovation is finding an entirely new way of doing something.  For example if you had been making spectacles in the 1950s then plastic lenses instead of glass lenses would have been ...

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What’s Your Innovation Ambition?

What's Your Innovation Ambition?

As Oscar Wilde said, “We are all in the gutter; but some of us are looking at the stars”.  To me this phrase says a lot about ambition.  It starts with a vision, a dream, an inspiring view of where we want to be in the future.  Of course the bit about being in the gutter is a bit dramatic; ...

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Top 20 Innovation Articles of July 2016

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Drum roll please… At the beginning of each month we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month that generated the most traffic to Innovation Excellence. We also publish a weekly Top 8 as part of our FREE email newsletter. Did your favorite make the cut? But enough delay, here are July’s twenty most popular innovation posts: Lessons from ...

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Don’t Neglect Innovation

Don't Neglect Innovation

I haven’t been contributing as many articles here, as a result of some intensive consultancy projects and some personal time. Now that I’m back, refreshed and raring to go, the first thing that struck me was the analogy to innovation itself.  It’s easy for companies to be distracted and take the eye off innovation.  In many cases, it does indeed ...

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Phase Gate and Portfolio Management: Two Processes, One Goal

Phase Gate and Portfolio Management: Two Processes, One Goal

Last month on a short flight home I was asked by my seatmate what I did for work. I told him that I worked for Kalypso, a consulting firm exclusively focused on innovation. He explained that he worked at a large food and beverage manufacturer and that for his company, like many others at the moment, innovation had become an increasingly popular topic of discussion.

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The Art of The Shift

The Art Of The Shift

In an age of disruption the only viable strategy is to adapt. Today things move too quickly to stick with old paradigms once their time has passed.  Once outdated platforms fail to solve new problems, they will be overtaken with blazing speed and we must either make a shift or get left behind. Yet that’s easier said than done.  As I’ve ...

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