Author Archives: Jeffrey Phillips

Performing Innovation Before the Norming and Storming

There’s nothing quite as confounding and as thrilling as sitting in on an innovation kickoff meeting. That’s because all of the issues that have been overlooked, all of the constraints that have been applied, all of the issues that have been ignored rise to the surface when an executive demands that his or her company become more innovative. Continue reading

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What Is Your Why?

Many corporate drones go to work for living and then participate in all kinds of interesting, engaging activities where their passions lie outside of work. Isn’t it ironic that at the peak of the knowledge work shift, many people have little engagement or participation in their work? Continue reading

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Innovate in Your Own Skin

In case you’re wondering, I often apologize to my clients when I use references to Apple, Google, 3M or Proctor&Gamble. I apologize because I think that these firms are overused as innovation references, and in that overuse we build up these firms as the arbiters of innovation success. Continue reading

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Please, No Innovation

I was thinking about innovation over the weekend when I asked myself “what’s the one thing that no senior executive is likely to say about innovation?” Continue reading

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Innovation is a Belief System

In today’s post, I decided to tackle what is, to me, perhaps the most confusing characteristic of most organizations today – the failure to believe in innovation. Continue reading

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Breaching the Innovation Wall

If you’ve ever been a distance runner, you know about the dreaded “wall”. For every runner there’s a point in a race or a distance at which everything conspires to make you quit. Continue reading

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Christopher Columbus as a Model for Innovators

Most understand that innovation isn’t an activity or a project, but few understand the amount of investment, work and change management required to sustain innovation beyond an initial attempt. In this way I think we can look to the past for figures who represent the challenges and opportunities that are presented to innovators. Perhaps no figure represents the highs and lows of innovation like Christopher Columbus. Continue reading

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