3 Innovation Lessons from Louis C.K.

Despite all the talk of disruption and rapid Fortune 500 turnover it can feel like the same old brands are touted as the titans of innovation year in and out. In this multi-part series I’ll look beyond the beloved behemoths and startup darlings to discover innovation inspiration in unlikely sources — NPR, opera & stand-up comedy.

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Strategy Sprints – A DIY Guide

The word sprint means different things to different people. A runner thinks of it as a race, a mad dash of a few seconds. A software developer practicing "agile" thinks of it as a short, iterative cycle of work, often weeks or months, rather than seconds. An entrepreneur practicing "lean startup" methods thinks of it as minimally viable product development effort of a week or less.

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One Thing Never to Do When You Negotiate

Negotiation may well be the single most important and yet least understood business and life skill. Most people see negotiation as a conflict between adversaries, a way to one-up an opponent through manipulation. With over 30 years of running businesses, I can tell you that nothing could be further from the truth. Negotiation is not a boxing match; it's more like a dance between strangers in which the participants need to develop a deep understanding of each other to avoid tripping over themselves.

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Creating a Culture of Innovation in Business

Any business that wishes to survive​ ​(​​and thrive)​ ​in today’s constantly changing business environment must continuously evolve its processes, operations, strategies and product/service offerings. Fortunately, many business leaders in America appreciate and value innovation as an essential element of business. Because of this, many businesses across America spend millions of dollars every year trying to cultivate a culture of innovation.  ...

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Poke the Box and Innovation Comes Out

Poke the Box and Innovation Comes Out

One of the best ways to challenge people’s thinking and get a group moving in a direction towards innovation is to get the group to define the box. Of course a million and one innovation and creativity consultants will endlessly drone on about thinking outside the box, but how can think outside the box if you’re not first clear on ...

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“Faux Innovation” and Other Discontents

Over the course of this year, I’ve had the good fortune of working with three Global 50 companies – two U.S. based and one European. I’ll simply refer to them as Company A, B and C.  Despite being in different industries (high-tech, financial services and industrial), one common theme emerged: senior leaders in each of the companies articulated a strong ...

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Innovation in Corporate Financial Services

Societal and technological trends are developing at an exponential pace. We see it, sense it, and read about it every day. While corporate innovation is often labelled as a viable strategy for improving the company’s performance, a successful implementation of corporate innovation remains challenging for most companies. Here, we share the most important innovation lessons we have learned over the last three years in a financial services context to help organizations, hopefully yours, avoid common pitfalls.

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A Dummies Guide for Innovation

Pierre d’Huy and Jérôme Lafon, both innovation teachers and consultants, share all the secrets of Innovation Management in their encyclopedic and brilliant book, A Dummies Guide for Innovation. All aspects of innovation are described in a simple and thrilling way, from innovation history, to innovation process, open innovation, user centric innovation, and a practical step-by-step approach to complete innovation from unfolding the idea down to implementation.

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Living Life with No Regrets

Putting one foot in the grave today can make you a better entrepreneur and a happier person. One of my best memories of the late management icon Peter Drucker was him telling me that the greatest misconception about the entrepreneur’s mind set is that they are risk takers. That may be the way they appear to most people, but in ...

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