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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Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2014

2014 was the third full year of operations for Innovation Excellence. To celebrate we’ve pulled together a list of the Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2014. Did your favorite make the cut? But enough delay, here are the 100 most popular innovation posts of 2014 (each receiving 5,500 – 44,500 page views): Continue reading

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Is Jibo the Latest Innovation to Join Your Family?

I wrote a couple of months ago about the Amazon Echo, the latest piece of hardware to emerge from the South Lake Union headquarters of one my city’s largest employers. A piece of hardware that follows in the wake of the successful Amazon Kindle and the failed Amazon Fire Phone. The Amazon Echo aims to get you to put a computer in the center of your living room and… Continue reading

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Five Industries Ripe for Innovation

The economic outlook for 2015 is, by most accounts, “slightly better than 2014.” That, of course, depends on what industry you’re in. For some, that outlook could be a lot better with an injection of good, old fashioned innovation. Here is my short list of five industries most ripe for innovation in 2015. Continue reading

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Eight Proven Methods for Hatching Brilliant Ideas

I’m sitting by the fire on this chilly early morning in Santa Barbara, enjoying a cup of coffee. I am reflecting on all the people I’ve met and the places I’ve been this year, and thinking about the meaning of it all. When my friends and family ask where I’m off to next, I tell them I’m “home for the holidays,” and this invariably brings a smile to their faces. Continue reading

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Top 20 Innovation Articles of December 2014

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 10 as part of our free Innovation Excellence Weekly magazine and email newsletter. Did your favorite make the cut? Continue reading

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