Leadership

Nine Steps to Make the Hardest Decisions Easier

Decision making can be tough, especially for highly creative individuals, but this simplified approach of “Separating the Seeds from the Weeds” can clarify virtually every decision you make. If you want to make good decisions you have to get out of the emotional weeds. I’ve seen some of the smartest people I know struggle with decisions, especially those really tough ...

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How to Use the Three Horizons for Future Sensemaking

Plenty of pieces talk about the Three Horizons Framework from a 30k-50k ft level. However, this post will close the gaps and explore potential “tabletop” collaboration tips, templates, and examples to anchor this at a ground zero level. Do you have the capabilities to carry out those bets? Where would you invest your time, money, and energy? Visual foresight frameworks ...

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One Thing All Successful People Have in Common

I was speaking with a good friend recently and she shared with me something that triggered a thought about what makes people successful and happy. If you’re an innovator, pay close attention, this is especially relevant to you. Stick with me because this is perhaps the most important lesson I’ve learned about success and which I can pass on. I’ve ...

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Top 20 Innovation Articles of June 2018

Drum roll please… At the beginning of each month we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month that generated the most traffic to Innovation Excellence. We also publish a weekly Top 8 as part of our FREE email newsletter. Did your favorite make the cut? But enough delay, here are June’s twenty most popular innovation posts: A Boomers ...

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The Ideal Way To Deal With Bad Decisions

Avoiding bad decisions is not the objective; owning them is. Think of the last really bad decision you made. You may be living through it right now. How did it, or how does it, feel? Not so great, right? Well get used to it! An Inconvenient Truth Here’s a very inconvenient truth. As a leader, you will make lots of ...

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Not All Innovation Looks The Same

I used to believe that in order to be innovative, we all have to innovate the same way, my way. Usually, that involves stepping outside my comfort zone and daring to be fearless. My way of innovating includes getting super uncomfortable and taking big risks. Obviously, since that’s how I tend to innovate, you should too. Then when you don’t ...

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Innovation Leaders as White Blood Cells

One of the most important roles of the leader of a creative team is to keep the team separated from the rest of the organization. Just like your immune system separates you from disease. What is the most important trait of the creative team leader? In my research of why people are more creative in startup companies than in mature companies, I found that ...

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