Tiny Things Make Us Happy

(and Convince Us to Buy) by Glen Stansberry My wife and I live in a modest two room apartment. We drive a used car, don’t eat out a lot, and we have a solid budget that we (usually) stick to. Yet there are still a few things that we splurge on. For example, instead of buying regular plastic carton milk, I like to buy the locally-made organic milk that comes in a glass bottle. This typically runs $1.50-$2 more than the traditional plastic carton version, but I buy it anyway. Why? Who knows! I know I love it, and even though I’ll maybe have a glass a day and maybe some in my cereal, it’s not a critical part of my life. I could easily go without the ritzy milk. But I don’t. For whatever reason, this small, insignificant part of my life seems better when I have milk that … Continue reading

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Innovation Perspectives - Innovation From the Inside Out

This is the second of several ‘Innovation Perspectives’ articles we will publish this week from multiple authors to get different perspectives on ‘What do you consider the most important single development in innovation methodology?’. Here is the next perspective in the series: by Kathy Robison If your company is following suit in a growing trend and starting an innovation campaign, beware of the pitfalls. Many companies assume they can create a few goals, advertise the idea, provide a bit of training, and expect that greatness will appear. If it is unbridled success you are after, and you are trying to create a stark competitive advantage, it is critical to start by innovating your management strategy. Asking employees to be innovative and contribute to the next competitive advantage while employing a management strategy left over from the Industrial Revolution is like asking your 1960’s percolating coffee maker to give you a … Continue reading

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One Simple Action Can Change Your Life

Recently, a number of people have asked me how I became an author and professional speaker. I reflected upon it and realized that it all started with one simple action. And maybe, to make major change happen, that’s all you need: one small move. The year was 1993. I was a relatively junior person at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). I was 7 years out of college and was working on projects like everyone else. I blended into the woodwork and was not distinguished from any of the other 40,000 consultants. And then one day I had an idea: I realized that I was interested in “cultural transformation” work and felt that Andersen’s culture could use a little transforming. Therefore I decided to call the CEO, George Shaheen, and ask for a meeting to discuss this, um, idea. Yes, I admit, it sounds a little …

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Why do we miss disruptive innovations?

It’s a good innovation story because it reminds us that experts can’t be relied upon to pick the significance of breakthrough ideas and technologies. We become experts through extensive training in how to see the world in a particular way. Experts don’t choose to see the world in a particular way. Instead, the paradigm is a deeply ingrained set of language and mental models. Continue reading

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Innovation Perspectives - A Contrarian View

This is the first of several ‘Innovation Perspectives’ articles we will publish this week from multiple authors to get different perspectives on ‘What do you consider the most important single development in innovation methodology?’. Here is the initial perspective in the series: by Mike Dalton What if I told you there wasn’t one? Now, don’t get me wrong—there’s a list of brilliant innovation tools, theories and approaches a mile long. Open Innovation, Disruptive Innovation, Outcome Based Innovation, Customer Focused Innovation, TRIZ, Lateral Thinking, Stage-Gate…and that hardly begins to scratch the surface. The problem with trying to choose one as the most important is that while many have widespread utility, they only make a difference if the problem they help solve is the one that is limiting your growth. Let me explain. Innovation is a process where successful ideas move to commercial reality along a path something like this: An idea … Continue reading

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100 Reasons Why You Don't Get Your Best Ideas At Work

Since 1986, I have asked 10,000 people where and when they get their best ideas. Less than 2% have said “the workplace.” Based on my 25 years of working with a ton of innovation-seeking organizations, here’s my interpretation WHY: Continue reading

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Six Reasons Why You Are Not Fulfilling Your Potential

Very few people can claim that they have achieved all that they are capable of. In the Western world most of us do moderately well. We get an education and a succession of jobs; we have some relationships that work; we are well fed; we avoid penury and destitution. We can take comfort in modest achievements. But for many people there is a nagging feeling that they could have done much, much more with their lives and careers. They know that their talents went undeveloped. So what is that is stopping you right now from making a much greater contribution to society? What is it that is preventing you from fulfilling your potential? 1. You do not have enough belief in yourself. All successful people have enormous self-belief. They know that they have something special to contribute and they are determined to make their mark. This does not mean that … Continue reading

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