Innovations of the Incas – Part I

Innovations of the Incas – Part I

This is the first in a series of two articles on innovation of the Inca civilization.  One of the best-known Inca sites is the mountaintop citadel of Machu Picchu.  The site is breathtaking in its location, with steep slopes rising from the Urubamba River and huge mountain peaks all around.  Some visitors consider it a highly spiritual place, sensing energy ...

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Four Routes to Simplify Innovation

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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The Revolution Will Not Be Centralized

The Revolution Will Not Be Centralized

In his novel The Castle, Franz Kafka tells the story of a man named “K” who is summoned by mysterious authorities for unknown reasons.  He finds himself at the mercy of their bureaucracy and endless paperwork, which is carried out for a purpose that nobody can fathom but everyone seems to accept. Most people can relate to the story.  20th century ...

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How to be Radically Open-Minded

How to be Radically Open-Minded

(in times of exponential change and innovation) Most of us like to see ourselves as open-minded. In the workplace, we claim to be open to our colleagues’ ideas and suggestions, and from time to time we even go along with some of those ideas rather than ours. As long as their ideas don’t compete with our paradigms, assumptions and preconceptions ...

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Top 20 Innovation Articles of July 2016

Drum roll please… At the beginning of each month we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month that generated the most traffic to Innovation Excellence. We also publish a weekly Top 8 as part of our FREE email newsletter. Did your favorite make the cut? But enough delay, here are July’s twenty most popular innovation posts: Lessons from ...

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Advance Innovation – Put World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 in your 2017 calendar, now!

World Creativity and Innovation Week

Use World Creativity and  Innovation Week April 15-21 (WCIW) to leverage your innovation skills, knowledge, tools, and attitudes. WCIW started in response to a 2001 Canadian newspaper headline to open people’s minds and hearts to the notion that everyone has the capacity to make a creative difference in their lives and and others’. It begins each year on Leonardo da ...

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Don’t Neglect Innovation

Don't Neglect Innovation

I haven’t been contributing as many articles here, as a result of some intensive consultancy projects and some personal time. Now that I’m back, refreshed and raring to go, the first thing that struck me was the analogy to innovation itself.  It’s easy for companies to be distracted and take the eye off innovation.  In many cases, it does indeed ...

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