Tag Archives: Leadership

The Art of Creative Conversations

We all know that you can’t innovate if you don’t collaborate, yet how do we make the time to have the creative and candid conversations that true collaboration and innovation requires? Conflicting priorities and ever-present digital media distractions constantly compete for our attention. Even when we manage to get everyone in the same room, or on the same line, it ...

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Let’s Get Real About Innovation Hurdles

This is a brief case study for meaningful & constructive conversations about why things aren’t working within our innovation efforts. — Quick intro I’m passionate about helping people take their best ideas to market, and I’m fully aware that ideas can come from anyone or anywhere. But to get to market is often a complicated process full of ambiguity and ...

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Scaling Up Startups in Corporate Settings

In recent years, an increasing intensity in collaboration between incumbent companies and startups has been observed. Meanwhile, close to 80% of corporations and startups have already been or are collaborating. The mutual – actually complementary – benefits seem pretty obvious: Benefits for startups include availability of office space, hardware, networks, support and potential funding access to market and customer base ...

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Why You Should Not Climb The Corporate Ladder

Do you think climbing the corporate ladder is the best chance for career success? Think again. One of the favorite studies I wrote about in Friend of a Friendis Adam Kleinbaum’s research on what he calls organizational misfits. We might think that the people that stick in one silo, stay in one lane, and slowly climb the corporate ladder get ...

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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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Leading Innovation in the Digital Age

This is the third & final article on embracing digitization, transformation and innovation. We are living in an era where that is defined by one continual exponential technology wave after another, called the Digital Age. It is transforming everything we do, from how we do business and especially in how we learn, lead and coach people. In fact, we have ...

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The Right ROI of Innovation for Your Firm

How to Protect Breakthrough Innovation

Too many organizations try an innovation effort once, under resource it, then claim failure and never try again. This over-reactive tendency to dismiss innovation as “oh, we tried that eight years ago and it didn’t work” displays a lack of real ROI thinking at an organization. In fact, if you think of your innovation mix in the same basic mental ...

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