Category: Leadership

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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Is the world getting smaller, or are we seeing further?

Is the world getting smaller, or are we seeing further? Today we stand on the shoulders of giants in a rapidly changing world. In order to gain the competitive edge needed to stay relevant, it is imperative that businesses seek to disrupt their own business model before the competition does. Continue reading

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Forbes Reinventing America

“Why Indiana? Why not?,” Steve Forbes told the audience in kicking off the recent Reinventing America: The Innovation Summit. Forbes’ event in Indianapolis was part of the organization’s new Reinventing America Series to help shine a spotlight on the business success stories happening in our country’s heartland.
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Innovation Excellence is looking ahead to the Chief Strategy Officer Summit in London October 16-17. As we’ve gone through the line-up of Chief Strategy Officers and industry players, we asked ourselves, and are asking YOU: What are our most pressing questions for CSOs and Industry Innovators? Continue reading

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Who NOT to Put in Charge of Innovation

I just hung up from a call with a colleague in which we were planning how to bring up a difficult topic at tomorrow’s client meeting regarding innovation. It is surprising how often this situation occurs in consulting work. This time the root of the situation may be traced to an observation Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble made in their book The Other Side of Innovation, regarding the characteristics of successful innovation executives. Continue reading

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Building and Retaining Competitive Talent

Two of the key business imperatives for any organization are 1. Build and retain competitive talent base and 2. Deliver extraordinary customer experience. Are these two business imperatives exclusive or they should co-exist? Continue reading

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How To Manage The Skills Gap

In the late 90’s McKinsey declared the war for talent and argued that, in a knowledge economy, having the right people is even more important than having the right strategy or technology.  Recruiting and retaining the ‘best and the brightest’ became a corporate mantra. Continue reading

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