Management

One Simple Action Can Change Your Life

Recently, a number of people have asked me how I became an author and professional speaker. I reflected upon it and realized that it all started with one simple action. And maybe, to make major change happen, that’s all you need: one small move. The year was 1993. I was a relatively junior person at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). I ...

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Why do we miss disruptive innovations?

It’s a good innovation story because it reminds us that experts can’t be relied upon to pick the significance of breakthrough ideas and technologies. We become experts through extensive training in how to see the world in a particular way. Experts don’t choose to see the world in a particular way. Instead, the paradigm is a deeply ingrained set of language and mental models.

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What Can Innovators Learn From Obama?

Or at least his presidential campaign by Jeffrey Phillips Whether you like the Obama administration or not, one thing you have to give them credit for: during their campaign they sought out and identified people who were ready, willing and eager to help. In fact, many of the people who drove the success of Obama’s presidential race weren’t the establishment ...

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Are You Inspiring or Dousing Innovation?

Seeing as how summer is supposed to include some rest and relaxation, I took advantage of a rare day off last week and went to Sea World (one of the many perks of living in San Diego). I especially enjoyed the Shamu “House of Douse” show, in which several large killer whales do their best to soak everyone in the ...

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Innovation Challenge – When should a product die?

All companies – whether they make cars, electronics, software, etc. – know that there is only so much new life that they can breathe into their existing products by introducing new improved versions. Ultimately any product will reach the end of its life, and a brand new one will have to be launched in its stead. The critical question is: ...

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The Efficient Use of Ideas

Every significant “leap forward” in the span of human consciousness has coincided with a significant change in the efficient use of a significant resource. For example – the transition from nomadic life to farming. This transition came about because people learned to till the ground and grow food that was dependable and sustaining. The fact that people could stay in ...

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Why Consensus Kills Team Building

I read an interesting post recently by Dan Rockwell (@LeadershipFreak) entitled “Six ways to make teams work” and found myself in complete agreement with Dan on five out of the six points. Where Dan lost me was on point #4 – Teams Decide by Consensus. In recent months I have observed a decent amount of politically correct discourse on the ...

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