Category: Leadership

Innovation Lessons from Walt Disney

As a young man Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” It was an inauspicious start for a man who went on to be one of America’s most innovative leaders. Continue reading

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Why leaders clearly think leadership matters for innovation. Too often a disconnect between what is said and what is done, which can confuse the innovation picture. A recent survey… Continue reading

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Are You Lying About Your Level of Innovation?

It seems like every company these days is trying to claim that they are innovative, trying to claim that they are customer-centric, trying to claim that their employees are important to them. But are they? Can all this be true? Or, are all of these companies lying to their customers, lying to their employees, and lying to their shareholders? Continue reading

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The New Role Of Leaders

When Alfred Sloan created the modern corporation at General Motors, he based it on the military. The company was split into divisions, each with its own leadership. Information flowed up, orders went down and your rank determined your responsibility. The model was designed to implement strategy from the top and move men and materiel efficiently. It assumed that leaders had better understanding than those on the lower rungs. Managers made plans and foot soldiers carried them out. Continue reading

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My presentation was neither about the organization or about consumer needs and wants, rather, it’s about and for the Chief Innovation Officer. I wanted to make the case for pro-active dashboards to rewire the future of innovation and careers at the enterprise. I wanted to ask: Measure, or be measured. Which would you prefer? Continue reading

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Thinking Inside the Box

You’ve all heard about “thinking outside the box.” It’s a tired expression really. “You need to put on your innovation hat! You need to think outside the box!” OK, true enough I guess. But actually, we live in a real world with real constraints. We are, truth be told, in a box. There are timelines, there is physical space, there are responsibilities, there are budgets. Yes, we can solve problems with… Continue reading

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Leadership Is More Important Than Authority in Creating Real Change

Aspiring young executives dream of climbing the ladder in order to gain more authority.  Then they can make things happen and create the change that they believe in.  Senior executives, on the other hand, are often frustrated by how little power they actually have. The problem is that while authority can compel action it does little to inspire belief.  Only leadership can… Continue reading

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