Tag Archives: Innovation

eX Summit: Is the real innovation around employee engagement?

Employee Engagement?

Many organizations have failed to focus on the experiences of their most important competitive advantage: employees. It’s now time to talk about the employee experience (EX). That’s why I’ve founded eX Summit, a space to debate the importance and impact of the employee experience. Our first event eX Indy will take place on September 22 in Indianapolis.

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Learning to forget the past

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Overcoming the 'way we do things' is a key ingredient to successful innovation, but it's one that few organizatiosn do well. This article looks at how you can successfully overcome the past to help you craft the future.

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Innovation and Bridging the Generational Divide

Innovation and Bridging the Generational Divide

How to Fine-Tune Working Relationships between Boomers and Millennials to Create Harmonious Innovation Teams The innovation book Robert’s Rules of Innovation: A 10-Step Program for Corporate Survival lays out a step-by-step framework of 10 Key Imperatives that an organization must take to achieve profitable business growth through innovation. While a structured, repeatable innovation process is critical to create and sustain ...

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Danger is the Early Warning Sign of Opportunity

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Without relying on the predictable places to hide—spread sheets, business buzzwords, risk mitigation plans, past glories—look me in the eyes. Now, point out the potential dangers for your business. When you stutter or express worry about your employees, I will know you're being real, vulnerable, human.

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What’s Your Innovation Ambition?

What's Your Innovation Ambition?

As Oscar Wilde said, “We are all in the gutter; but some of us are looking at the stars”.  To me this phrase says a lot about ambition.  It starts with a vision, a dream, an inspiring view of where we want to be in the future.  Of course the bit about being in the gutter is a bit dramatic; ...

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Growing Together – Synthetic Teamwork

Growing Together - Synthetic Teamwork

In Henry Mintzberg’s 1994 landmark book, The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning, the author calls for a new method to create effective strategies. He notes that, “Strategic planning isn’t strategic thinking. One is analysis, the other is synthesis.” Mintzberg draws a definitive line between those that create strategy and those that devise the plan, arguing that the two are ...

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Four Routes to Simplify Innovation

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The Fuzzy Front End of innovation ends when an organization approves and begins the formal development of a new concept.[i] It’s the end of the beginning. This informal start of innovation is unfortunately packed with lots of obstacles that should be avoided. To raise the effectiveness of your efforts, I like to simplify the front end of innovation by giving you four ...

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Top 8 Myths about Innovators and Innovation—Debunked! (Part 2 of 2)

Myths about Innovators and Innovation—Debunked!

Today’s business world is buzzing with talk about innovators and innovation. While it’s a good thing that innovation is on the forefront of people’s minds, popular thinking about innovation and the culture of innovation in business is often substantially misguided. There are widespread myths about innovation and innovators that lead to significant misconceptions and can ultimately even hinder or destroy ...

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