Tag Archives: best practices

What Appears to be Strategy Often is Not

I regularly engage in hansei (reflection) after each of my facilitation engagements. It’s a simple learning mechanism, essentially an after-action process of asking: what I expected to happen (my hypothesis if you will), what actually happened, and what explains the gap, if there is one. And there invariably is. The gap is where learning and insight live. It creates new knowledge. It’s ...

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The Complexities of Digital Transformation

I have been reading about digital transformation everywhere I go on the internet for some time now and yet, I don’t yet see true success stories of a brand or a business that has actually successfully gone through and transformed, in the true sense of transformation. The question is why is this so?

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Two Factors For Change Management Success

Long-term thinking is a vital element of effective change leadership. For change to pay off, a leader must have grit and a desire to see change through to the end. However, it can be tempting to focus your attention on the current quarter’s results, and put key change initiatives off. The forces pulling you to do this are compelling. Exxon ...

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Books as Tools: A Guide to Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing

A Guide to Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing is a compendium of best practices, advice and case studies from leading thinkers, commentators and practitioners edited by Paul Sloane. Chapters are written by an international team of eminent thinkers, writers and practitioners in the field, and covers the definition of open innovation, how to manage virtual teams and co-create with customers, how to overcome legal and IP issues and common mistakes and pitfalls to avoid.

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Moving Away from Best Practices

If the work is new, there is no best practice. When you read the best books you’ll understand what worked in situations that are different than yours. When you read the case studies you’ll understand how one company succeeded in a way that won’t work in yours. The best practices in the literature worked in a different situation, in a ...

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What Dancing Can Teach Us about Innovation

Inspired by fantastic examples of innovation, I decided to contribute my fair share to the list. As a competing amateur ballroom dancer, I’d like to argue that dancing too can teach us about innovation. To prove my point, I’ll share with you a some wisdom that I’ve learned from my dancing teacher.

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