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The One Big Reason Every Business Needs to Embrace Complexity

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The underlying premise of any organization is to create value. Historically, firms have done so through engineering ever greater efficiency. By honing internal processes, optimizing the supply chain and reducing product inventories, managers could improve margins and create a sustainable competitive advantage. That’s created a bias for simple, linear thinking. Adding extra variables to any process is bound to increase ...

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Diabolically Simple Prototypes

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If Camp A says it will work and Camp B says it won’t, a prototype will settle the disagreement pretty quickly. It will work or it won’t. And if it works, the idea behind it is valid. And if it doesn’t, the idea may be valid, but a workable solution is yet-to-be-discovered. Either way, a prototype brings clarity.

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Three Practical Ways to Turn Naysayers into Innovators

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Finding new product ideas and innovations to excite customers requires colossal creative effort and a certain comfort level with risk-taking. The considerable effort to take a product from idea to development to launch is both time and energy intensive. If it also demands dealing with naysayers at the table who poke holes in every idea expressed along the way, valuable ...

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Learning What to Stop Doing in the New Year

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The start of any new year is often a time for reflection, both from an individual and organizational perspective.  We examine our lives and try and figure out things we want to do better.  We aspire and strive, set ourselves challenges and goals that will make us better. Usually these are additive.  We strive to exercise more, or be more ...

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4 Questions Every Business Needs to Answer

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When Alfred Sloan conceived the modern corporation at General Motors, he based it on hierarchical military organizations.  Companies were split into divisions, each with their own leadership.  Authority flowed downwards and your rank determined your responsibility. Yet lately, those top-down structures are being called into question. Brian Robertson, whose new book Holacracy offers a well thought out alternative to traditional organizations, ...

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Has your Innovation Program Jumped the Shark?

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  Innovation programs and systems are launched with a lot of fanfare but the sizzle will fizzle unless you properly nurture your innovation program and the underlying policies, processes and systems you use to help deliver better innovation results.  How can you avoid this from happening? “Jumping the shark” is attempting to draw attention to or create publicity for something ...

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Can You Prevent Your Idea from being Rejected?

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When you have come up with great ideas the question is how to make them reality. In practice, I have learned that if they don’t fit your organizational goals, your idea will be rejected and nothing will materialize in the end. It is essential to check this fit as early as possible in your innovation journey. Fending off  ‘No’ The ...

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