When Did We Stop Thinking? - Innovation Excellence

The theme that really defies reason is when a whole organization or market segment falls into the trap of formal rigidity, as in “it’s just the way it is.” If you can pinpoint the era when the growth engine was put to rest inside an organization, there is a good chance you can revive it. Continue reading

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Success: The one thing nobody ever tells you about failure - Innovation Excellence

These days, there is no shortage of advice on how to be successful. Learning to code, creating disruption and even Montessori schools are commonly cited examples. But they are no more helpful than, “learn to do heart surgery”, “come up with a great idea and “go to Harvard.” Continue reading

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Exploring 9 Drivers of Innovation Change - Innovation Excellence

I always show a particular interest in statements claiming to have identified a relevant driver of innovation change, then to think through these. Let me offer mine since using the different drivers can give you new insights into your innovation activities plus also can prompt significant changes to freshen up your innovation portfolio. Continue reading

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Elon Musk, much like Steve Jobs, couples his drive and ingenuity with a fluid charm and charisma, making him and leaders of his caliber something like the Ubermensch. The amount of things that people like these accomplish might even make the common person wonder if they’re robots–but it turns out they may actually be even more human than the rest of us. Continue reading

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Two words to live by: Critical Path. If you can’t work the critical path, don’t work on anything. Working on a non-critical path task is worse than working on nothing. Continue reading

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Ideas out of Thin Air - An Innovative Innovation Event - Innovation Excellence

I just returned from the Thin Air Innovation Festival in Park City, Utah. It was an innovative conference with a lot of focus on creating connections, story exchanging, and catalyzing new relationships. I loved the format. Continue reading

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Here are seven metaphors to help you drive innovative behaviour as a creative leader. 1. Lift the veil – why does your organisation want to innovate? If your top management team plans to launch an innovation initiative, have them answer three questions first: Continue reading

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