Even if we have brilliant, well executed ideas, unless they are seen by potential customers, we are doomed to failure. The science of grabbing and holding attention, and how we can leverage tit, is therefore an important part of Innovation. Continue reading

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Creativity drives problem solving, innovation and entrepreneurship. It is a critical skill (and mindset) that leads to new and more efficient solutions to existing problems. It also enables individuals and organizations to find ways to address customers’ needs as a differentiating factor. In theory, creativity is widely praised and desired. But, in reality, creative solutions are often met with pushback, reluctance and even hostility. Continue reading

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Talent Wants to be Free

Orly Lobel is the author of “Talent Wants to Be Free” and a professor of Law at University of San Diego. ‘Talent wants to be free’ states that ‘motivation, relationships, and mobility’ are most important ingredients for successful innovation. Continue reading

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Innovate Like the Swamp Fox

Students of military history and the Revolutionary War recall the legend of the Swamp Fox, Brigadier General Francis Marion. Marion helped protect the low country of South Carolina (near Charleston) for the nascent American nation and fought against British Redcoats, Hessian mercenaries, Loyalist, and Tory forces. Marion received his nickname from the British General Banastre Tarleton who unsuccessfully… Continue reading

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Recognizing Your Type of Innovation Leader

We all need to recognize the type of innovation leadership personality within our organization, the ones we are working for, as this might help you manage the innovation work a whole lot better and attract in the resources you need. So can you recognize the traits of your innovation leader? Continue reading

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Growing Together-Synthetic Teamwork

In Henry Mintzberg’s 1994 landmark book, “The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning,” the author calls for a new method to create effective strategies. He notes that “Strategic planning isn’t strategic thinking. One is analysis, the other is synthesis.” Mintzberg draws a definitive line between those that create strategy and those that devise the plan, arguing that the two are disparate exercises. Continue reading

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How to Stay Innovative While Growing Your Team

Innovators, by definition, are unconventional. Apple, Amazon, GE – they’re all famously innovative companies with dynamic, high producing teams uninhibited by traditional business practices. Startups everywhere are pining for these qualities in their own ventures as they tirelessly push envelopes and abolish thinking within the box. Unfortunately… Continue reading

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