Leadership

Innovate or Die – Tactics #73-114 of 114

If the numbering in this post doesn’t seem to jive with yesterday’s, that’s because the list of 110 tactics seems to have grown in the course of the week; we’ve adjusted accordingly. Adhocracy. Love It or Leave It. Projects “emerge.” Recall “spontaneous discovery process,” our item #3. Most projects invent themselves, rather than being the product of a formal planning ...

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CEO, Entrepreneur, or Both?

Entrepreneur, CEO or Both? Which hat, or hats do you wear? CEO…that title sounds good doesn’t it? Okay, so you founded the company, but does that mean you should also be the chief executive? Did you bestow the title upon yourself simply because you had the authority to do so, or are you the right person for the job? Perhaps ...

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Is this the end of Apple?

That’s the bugging question that just won’t go away. It seems to get asked every time Steve Jobs goes to the doctor. First it was a brush with cancer. Now it’s amysterious “hormone imbalance” that has left Jobs looking gaunt, forced him to cancel his appearance at Macworld 2009, and put him on a six month medical leave. Once again, ...

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Does your Innovation have a story?

Imagine if you will, somewhere in the distant recesses of our existence, a group of cavemen huddled around a fire. The wiseman of the group gathers the tribe around the fire and regales them with stories of their ancestors – how they fought the neighboring tribes, how they found the food necessary to survive. The shaman passes on the wisdom ...

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Innovation Leadership versus Traditional Leadership

There are many different ways to lead. CEOs with markedly divergent styles can be successful in different ways. The same leader will often adopt different styles in different circumstances. There is no one correct way to lead or manage. Ultimately the right way is the one that works for you and for the organization in delivering the goals you set ...

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Building 21st Century Skills

It Doesn’t Matter How Long They’re in School as Long as They’re Learning Skills for the Future by Kathie Thomas Yesterday I wrote about the pros and cons of three-year college versus four-year college. That got me thinking about what we need to do to really teach our children to succeed in the future. As the mother of two elementary-school-aged ...

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Top 10 Corporate Time-Wasters

Do you need time to innovate? by Mike Myatt Time is the only thing we all have in common, yet it’s how we choose to spend it that defines and differentiates us as individuals. Even though time is a key success metric, I am always amazed at how many executives don’t manage it as such. Time is indeed a precious ...

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The Innovation War Room

There are three ways to react to an economic crisis. One way is to bury your head in the sand and hope the whole thing just blows over (good luck!). Another way is to run around in a panic-induced cost-cutting frenzy that could seriously impair your company’s long-term growth potential. The third and, of course, smartest way is to recognize ...

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Controlling Innovation

I guess I’ll never fully understand the depth of concern that many management teams have around command and control, especially in an era of constant change. It seems that the more demands are placed on an organization to create new products and adapt to environmental change, the more resistance to that change is created and encouraged at mid and senior ...

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Arguing for Innovation – Patrick Lencioni

Point: Teams that create the best innovations know how to disagree about ideas without interpreting the disagreement as a personal affront. Story: “I feel good when I see that engineering, advertising and manufacturing are really surfacing and talking about their differences,” said the VP of Technology at a successful $100 million firm. “It’s my job to keep the dialectic alive.” ...

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