Tag Archives: Strategy

Support From the Top Really Matters

It must be a terrible feeling to be trying to innovate in the depths of a corporate morass, surrounded by the urgency of the day-to-day and banging your head on the metaphorical brick wall. Nobody seems to care and the corporate leadership is not only distant in the organization chart but never contribute to innovation.

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Innovation and Efficiency – Opposing Forces

I'm big on irony, so it's always exasperating yet amusing when my clients realize that attributes or characteristics they've thought of as strengths are revealed as barriers or weaknesses. As organizations grow and mature, they stop trying to evaluate their business models and the factors that sustain those models, and begin to take factors within the business model for granted - or argue in their defense.

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What Does Topgrading Mean for Your B+ Players?

​As a general concept, topgrading is intuitive, but the finer points of topgrading can leave management with feelings of discomfort and confusion. One of these core scenarios is what happens when your B+ players are consistently on the line. If you have read "Topgrading," the process is described as a black and white, but when dealing with people there are always shades of gray.

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Imagination is the Root of Innovation

Imagination is the realm of the mind where you see things that do not yet exist in this world, but which one day might. It is an under-appreciated yet critical element of creativity and innovation. Imagination is defined as well as anywhere by Wikipedia “the ability of forming mental images, sensations and concepts, in a moment when they are not perceived through sight, hearing or other senses”.

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Live Action (1)

Live action, whether in sports, emergency rooms, or the military, has to reckon with the clock. When action is occurring in live sequences, responses are the reactions primed by previous planning and training. There is no time to solicit approvals up the corporate hierarchy.

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