Telling Truth to Authority

It’s never easy telling truth to authority and, in many instances, it’s not only risky but can be fatal to your job or even your career. Yet, most pundits agree that great leaders should encourage truth telling, not stifle it. Why is it so hard to do the right thing? 1. People are inherently flawed, “broken branches” and turn a ...

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We Overvalue Knowledge and Undervalue Ignorance

We value knowledge and certainty, and disdain ignorance and doubt. Ignorant is an adjective of derision. Perhaps we over-value knowledge and underestimate the power of ignorance; or should I say the awareness of ignorance. Why is this? Because knowledge can breed certainty, hubris and closed minds. We need to be open-minded and even doubtful about our knowledge because what was ...

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This One Thing is the Foundation of Trust

According to Ray Dalio, Jeff Bezos, and the Dalai Lama We often think of trust as something we inject into a relationship. Not so. Trust is an output built on something much deeper. Some time ago, I wrote an Inc. column on the topic of trust. In the last few months, that column has started to get renewed attention. I ...

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Is Organizational Structure The Secret to Innovation?

Change your company’s structure to get bigger and better ideas. Just about everyone wants more creativity and innovation these days. But what’s the secret to getting it? While most companies agree that innovation is vital, few actually spend time creating structures or devising rewards systems hinged on creativity. Many leaders also struggle with the fact that innovation comes from culture, something that’s hard to measure or ...

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Innovation Roadmaps: What Are They Good For, Anyway?

At the heart, product roadmaps show the major milestones of a project’s lifecycle. Maintaining Product Roadmaps is a useful discipline in just about any organization that has more than one product. But aside from capturing product timelines, what good are they?  If a roadmap is just another deliverable you owe an executive, that checks a box on their need to ...

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Wisdom on Handling the Talent Side of Innovation: Suzan Briganti, CEO & Founder Swarm Vision

With 25 years of experience in research, strategy and innovation, Suzan has grown Swarm Vision from a garage start-up to a trusted solution provider to global Fortune 500 clients.   How do most corporations attract, train, and retain their innovation talent?  Most companies lack a focus on innovation talent, which is a crazy because this talent is a massively important ...

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