Tag Archives: Creativity

The Necessary Value of Unstructured Time

I want to dedicate a column to the next generation. For me, this means addressing Uncle Leo and Ellery, my youngest son and grandson respectively. May they have the space to explore in the vast treasures of childhood and lose a sense of time while playing. There seems to be an unconscious conspiracy against the people having free time to ...

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The Case of the Stolen Idea

What happens when your idea is stolen? You have an idea. Your great, wonderful idea which is the best thing anyone has heard in years or centuries… As many other innovators, you explain your idea to your friends, colleagues or superiors trying to get funding or valuable feedback. But then, weeks or months later, you found out that someone realized ...

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Leading Innovation in the Digital Age

This is the third & final article on embracing digitization, transformation and innovation. We are living in an era where that is defined by one continual exponential technology wave after another, called the Digital Age. It is transforming everything we do, from how we do business and especially in how we learn, lead and coach people. In fact, we have ...

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Dive Into Guilt Free Indulgence

The latest in our series on trend mashups (which started with our article on eco lux) is the unlikely combination of guilt free indulgence. This is where the ‘better for me’ trend comes face to face with the societal shift toward a more hedonistic lifestyle. The Food Peopledefine this merging of priorities as “better for me indulgence”. As a nation, we’ve been ...

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The Opportunity Cost Of Not Innovating

It seems to be ingrained in businesses to ask, “what’s the cost?” when considering a new innovation, but rarely do they ask, “what’s the size of the opportunity we miss if we don’t do this?”.   Business history is unfortunately plagued with examples of companies that have paid a high price for not innovating. Such as AT&T missing the mobile ...

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Alas, Poor Henry and the Problem

According to legend, Henry Ford scoffed at market research and what we now call Consumer Insights, proclaiming, “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” While there is a certain degree of wisdom in this statement, it has been misquoted to justify bad, hubris-inspired product failures by too many corporate egos. Yes, to Ford’s ...

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Fatigue and Complacency: The Bane of Inspiration and Innovation

Oftentimes, an entrepreneur or an employee’s greatest strength also acts against them as their greatest weakness. While this duality isn’t always easily expressed, nowhere is it more apparent than in the budding, overzealous worker who burns bright, and then burns out. Workplace fatigue is a more persistent problem in the global economy than you might realize, leading to complacency and ...

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