Tag Archives: Company Culture

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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