Author Archives: Julie Anixter

Bill Strickland: A Santa for the Economy?

Would that Santa could bring us a few more Bill Strickland’s! Or the “1%” might take a page out of his book. But in life’s great art of individual uniqueness, there is only one of this special man. The entrepreneurial leadership he has demonstrated over many decades is one heck of a Solving-Big-Problems role model. Continue reading

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Xmas Party_Julie

In a lovely demo of ingenuity  (and a tip of the hat to Paul Hobcraft) — Maga Design’s senior designer, Juraj Mihalik, turned the annual Maga Design Holiday party into a 2.0 visual feast. Continue reading

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Study in Courage - the Done Manifesto

“There are three stages of being, claims the ‘The Done Manifesto’: not knowing, action and completion. The Done Manifesto is simply the most visceral description of “doing the work” of innovation, the emotional/psychological nature of fast prototyping, iterating and working in our field that I’ve seen anywhere. This is not what just ‘creative vision’ feels like. This is what it feels like to create. “Create” and “Innovate” share the same root: “ate” which essentially means to consume, to preoccupy and engross. Continue reading

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Kellogg School Researching Innovation Communities

Julie Anixter interviewed Professor Robert C. Wolcott and Research Fellow Michael J. Lippitz from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, about their cutting-edge research on the emerging phenomenon of “INets:” communities of innovation leaders who learn from each other about innovation management, primarily through mutual sharing of experiences and new techniques. Rob and Mike are seeking suggestions from our Innovation Excellence community about INets that should be included in their research. Continue reading

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Tom Peters - Excellence Now

In what may be one of the great understatements, Tom Peters’ mother once remarked that her son “was a pretty good talker.” We’ve had the pleasure, along with you, of watching Tom over many decades and know that his particular brand of “talk” led a revolution in management aka they way people run enterprises, leading to a re-definition of what work itself has become. Continue reading

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Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that the steady media and political drumbeat of the word “jobs,” the very unit of measure, that declares what is missing in our economy, that is repeated every minute of every hour, that, according to a new study from Gallup CEO Dan Clifford, represents the new American (and probably every other countries) definition of the American Dream is of course…Steve Jobs’ last name. What we need, what we want, what we must create to be truly vibrant, inextricably, linguistically, linked forever to the founder of Apple. Continue reading

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Liz Ryan, Corporate Provocateur

What do we love most about working in innovation?  The long hours?  The inspired clients? The successful launches? The fast failures? I think not. I think what the people I know who work at innovation love most about it is the premise. Innovation by definition is about the introduction of something new — starting with what Jerry Hirshberg called the “seedling” of a new idea. All of this — our commitment to exploration, our innate curiosity, our profession’s philosophical and yes, moral stance, makes Liz Ryan’s post on Bloomberg/Businessweek even more chilling.   In my Organizational Development days we used to call the kind of managers Ryan outs “the frozen middle.” That is putting it kindly.  They are innovation killers. These statements are draconian, and worse, ignorant.  Yet we have all heard them. They make us shudder, because they are the simplest, fastest way to kill the human spirit at … Continue reading

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