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The Ideas Problem

The Ideas Problem - Innovation Excellence

Ideas are the problem. I suspect many of you have heard this statement as often as I have. It’s usually translated as “we don’t have enough ideas”. Yet when you dig beneath the surface, you find that the bald statement isn’t always as it first appears. In this post, I’d like to offer some different translations of “Ideas are the problem”.

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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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The Agility Shifter: Emerging role for innovation leadership

Birth of the Agility Shifter: Emerging role for innovation leadership - Innovation Excellence

Coping with disruptive technological change A recent article The global forces inspiring a new narrative of progress in McKinsey Quarterly, it states that “Corporate leaders today need to rethink where and how they compete, and must cooperate in the crafting of a new societal deal that helps individuals cope with disruptive technological change”. The article outlines a broad narrative of ...

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Don’t Forget to Plan Your Exit

Simple question for you. What are your ambitions for your business? Simple, right? Why then do so many entrepreneurs and leaders of growing business have such a tough time answering it? It's always the first question I ask of the leaders I work with. Most often the response feels as though it hasn't been thought out; never even been considered. I usually get ...

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Embedding Innovation into Your Organization

It takes two factors to make innovation real at an organization: concepts and culture. Work on both at the same time and the rest will emerge as a by-product of the process. If you outsource your innovation efforts, you will end up with concepts that will not be accepted by your existing culture. Some concepts might be potent enough to ...

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Six Things Great Innovators Do Differently

Take a look at any successful enterprise and you’ll find innovation at its core. That was just as true a hundred years ago when Henry Ford perfected the assembly line as it is today, when modern day giants like Elon Musk bring cutting edge technology to market. Innovation, as I’ve written before, is how people come up with novel solutions ...

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