Tag Archives: teams

What I Tell My Team

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Ask the hard questions. As a thriving consultancy, our primary vocation is providing insight that adds value to our clients. To meet this objective we have to play enlightened court jester, asking the unaskable questions those inside the company cannot ask. We also have to set the stage, carefully constructing an atmosphere of trust where we can mine issues deeply, ...

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Six Reasons why Cross-Functional Innovation Teams Fail

Six Reasons why Cross-Functional Innovation Teams Fail

Once you have identified a great idea for a new product or service innovation what do you do?  Many firms put together a cross-functional team (XFT) and tell them to bring the product to market.  It seems like a good approach. They have budget, people, and empowerment.  What could possibly go wrong?  Lots of things. Here are six common reasons ...

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Exploring Drivers of Innovation Change

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I always show a particular interest in statements claiming to have identified a relevant driver of innovation change, then to think through these. Let me offer mine since using the different drivers can give you new insights into your innovation activities plus also can prompt significant changes to freshen up your innovation portfolio.

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Design Thinking in Lima Peru

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Silicon Valley's Innovatioship recently three days leading an open-invitation workshop in design thinking. It attracted a wide range of participants from Lima and other parts of Peru, from local CEOs wanting inspiration to students looking to increase their innovation skills.

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Teaming Innovation

A new fluid and agile team paradigm is emerging in the 21st century that compels them to work more like an improvisational jazz ensemble rather than as a conducted static orchestra. This is because work frequently occurs now within an uncertain and dynamic environment involving shorter duration innovative projects as well as the need to...

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Why Does Technology Need Young Women?

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The benefits of encouraging young people to seek STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers are many. Those who seek careers in these fields will not only have jobs in the future, they will create the future. However, if individuals who have aptitudes in these areas were unable to pursue such a career, would we not consider this a waste of a valuable resource? An extremely large percentage of our populace consists of such individuals who do not pursue careers in STEM.

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