Tag Archives: Company Culture

4 Things You Need to Build an Innovative Culture

In the late 1960’s, Gary Starkweather had a serious spat with his boss.  As an engineer in Xerox’s long-range xerography unit, he saw that laser printing could be a huge business opportunity. His manager, however, was focused on improving the efficiency of the current product line, not looking to start another one. The argument got so heated that Starkweather’s job ...

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Innovation Culture Starts With YOU, Not Your Boss.

One of the most prominent organizational factors, if not the most prominent one, is autonomy. Studies showed a one-way relationship between autonomy and creativity. Employees need autonomy to be creative. They don't need the autonomy to decide which project to work on, but they must have the autonomy to decide how to execute the project.

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True Corporate Innovators Aren’t Who You Would Expect

Corporate innovation managers have one of the most difficult but necessary challenges in any organisation: trying to disrupt the organisation from the inside. An entrepreneur’s natural style of working is nimble. They take risks and swerve bureaucracy. They have decision making rights about where to spend time, money and resources. So, when entrepreneurial employees or ex-entrepreneurs are hired into corporate ...

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Storytelling, the Brain & Work Culture

I love the quote by the poet Muriel Rukeyser that says “The universe is made of stories, not atoms.” Humans live for stories. We learn from stories at home, school, from friends, and also very compellingly at work. Humans within a work culture are motivated by stories. Look at the famous founding myths of HP and Apple in the garages, of Fred Smith and FedEx, and ...

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Culture is the Key Indicator of Innovation

An odd dynamic is taking place among the C-suite of many companies. They demand more innovation from the organization without really knowing what that means and the implications it has for the organization. Innovation requires a change in the organization, but leaders are too often unwilling to do what is required to make the changes. When an organization needs more ...

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Max DePree: North America’s First CEO Design Thinker

The former CEO of Herman Miller, Max DePree said, “I’ve got so many MBAs, but what I need is a poet. Poets are the original systems thinkers." This poetic mode is the critical perspective in a human-factor and design business—and Herman Miller is the most apt precursor in the Design Thinking revolution, so they knew the value of this holistic, poetic lens where anything can be better designed to better suit real people.

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Innovation is about the Trail

Innovation is about the trail, not the train. Trying to define what is and is not an innovation can often lead to a long and fruitless discussion. Something can be new to the company or to you, but not to the market or to the world. I prefer to understand innovation as a process. A systematic and managed process that enables companies to build the capability of transforming ideas into value. Therefore, it is important that this process involves:

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