Tag Archives: culture

Evoke Deep Change by Shifting Consciousness

Australia is experiencing a range of catastrophic Black Swan environmental events, including mega bushfires, floods, hail and dust storms which have now catalyzed as serious wicked problems. Simultaneously, we are living in disruptive VUCA conditions, yet we are generously and courageously helping out others, to save homes, native animals, and flora and fauna. In a state of political instability and ...

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Pros and Cons of Becoming an Innovation Consultant

One question many innovators face at some point in their careers is whether to work in a large, corporate organization, or in a small start up or consultancy. Today I want to revisit and update a blog I wrote a few years ago for LinkedIn that discussed some pros and cons of consultancy versus corporate innovation.  At that time I ...

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Strategic and Systemic Alignment – why they really matter

In my early days at Compass Learning, I designed and delivered a wide range of top team strategic alignment and development programs. Where the focus was on enabling and empowering team members to metaphorically “sing from the same song sheet” – by agreeing to and articulating a common purpose, clarifying roles and goals and driving mutual accountability. Also, by establishing, ...

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3 Reasons Why Your Brainstorms Suck

Brainstorms are important and an easy way to get everybody together to collaborate, discuss, debate, and ultimately, innovate. But sometimes, you come out of them feeling as if you didn’t get the ideas that you needed, or that the same ideas were being rehashed, or that it was a complete waste of time. So, why do your brainstorms suck, and ...

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The Push Pull of Innovation

Do you remember playing tug-of-war as a kid? It was a game of two teams holding on to either side of a rope, and each team had to try to pull the other over a line down the middle. When it comes to change and innovation, that’s exactly what happens individually, in our teams, and in our organizations – it’s ...

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Leading the Charge to Disrupt Your Industry

Richard Jupe, Vice President, Innovative Product Development, Altria: Richard got to the point, fast: Altria’s strategy: reduce risk and expanding choice. “We have a Duel Engine. We are changing our culture with this model, he says.” “Since 1955 our company has been on the Fortune 500. We were Philip Morris. Now we have owned and sold Kraft, Miller. We are ...

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What Do Top Corporate Innovators Get Right?

Speed of innovation

In our line of work, we get to talk with hundreds of leaders around the globe, and from virtually every industry. Most of them seem to intuitively understand the importance of innovation, but there’s still a lot of fluff, ambiguity and uncertainty regarding innovation as a topic. As a result, most leaders aren’t seeing the results they were expecting for from innovation. Given that ...

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Innovation is a Lifestyle, Not a Bunch of Metrics

Far too many supposed innovation experts believe that measuring activities is critical to success. Maybe. Maybe not so much. At least for the big stuff. Innovation activities simply for the sake of doing something without context and insight from the measure may be in fact very misleading. Persistent growth, profit, ROI and NPV are the obvious measures, really the only ones that ...

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Don’t Hire For Culture Fit

You’ve probably heard the advice: “Don’t hire for skills, hire for culture fit.” The idea is that if someone is a good fit for your company culture, you can train them on the skills they need. But the reverse isn’t always true. No matter how much training you give them, you can’t really change someone’s personality. Thus, began a series ...

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The Secrets to Effective, Efficient Ideation

We all want to win the never-ending race for great, effective, profitable new ideas. We want these ideas without a huge effort, without a huge risk and without a huge investment. We also want ideas with impact, that are rapidly actionable and ideally that utilize mostly existing resources and relationships. Most ideation is done in a highly periodic, no idea ...

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