Leaders Must Inspire AND Shape Networks

Leaders Must Inspire AND Shape Networks

In a classic Harvard Business Review article, Abraham Zaleznick contrasted two very different styles of authority. Managers he argued, take a rational approach and seek order and control.  Leaders, on the other hand, are more emotionally driven and seek to drive change. Every organization needs both.  Managers provide the continuity needed to execute efficiently and leaders drive the kinetic energy needed ...

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Innovative IoT Ups and Downs (Still) Hinge Largely On Security

Innovative IoT's Ups and Downs (Still) Hinge Largely On Security - Innovation Excellence

The idea of an IoT future is both exciting and terrifying. Unfortunately, for every wonderful idea made plausible by the IoT, there are still core issues that need to be worked out. With consequences ranging from annoying to potentially deadly, it’s hard to weigh the potential benefits made plausible and possible by innovation in the IoT against the dangers that the same systems will inherently expose us to. Nevertheless, we must look ahead and realize that even if the IoT is-coming-no-matter-what, there is no similar promise that follows in terms of security and disaster mitigation--at least not yet.

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Your New Idea is not Where You Think it is

Your New Idea Is Not Where You Think It Is

In the 1950s, in rural Oklahoma, at a place called Robbers Cave, several researchers performed an experiment we would find unethical today. They invited twenty-two eleven-year-old boys to participate in a three week camp. The researchers advertised a wholesome summer camp experience. The experience they delivered was very different.

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How to Run a Successful Innovation Challenge

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Nothing is more intriguing, inspiring, and engaging than a good old-fashioned challenge. Whether you want to build a culture of innovation, reach employees in a meaningful way, or search for immediate ideas to solve pressing problems, an innovation challenge may be the answer. What Is an Innovation Challenge? An innovation challenge is an effective way to inject some energy into ...

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Four Things You Should Know About Platforms

Four Things You Should Know About Platforms

Steve Jobs didn’t want to build an app store.  As Walter Isaacson describes in his biography of Apple’s founder, the famously controlling Jobs was wary of the “bandwidth” needed to police a veritable army of third party developers. At first, he wouldn’t even discuss it. Yet eventually, even Jobs had to relent and the App store has become an enormous success.  Last ...

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