Monthly Archives: March 2018

Top 20 Innovation Articles of January 2018

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 8 as part of our FREE email newsletter. Did your favorite make the cut? But enough delay, here are January’s twenty most popular innovation posts: 7 Terrible ...

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Online Innovation Takes Over Startup Culture

The dotcom boom never really went away. From about the mid-nineties through 2001, the landscape was littered with crazy speculation, business plans scratched out on cocktail napkins, and venture capital being pushed to where it never should have been. The bursting of the dotcom bubble didn’t put an end to dotcoms. It put an end to the speculation, but it ...

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3 Reasons Children are More Creative Than Adults

The factor that affects team productivity and creativity is the ability to conduct constructive conflict. In turn, three other factors that affect that ability, which are strong in children, and disappears when they reach adulthood and the work environment. Natural selection For a team to be creative, members must get along. This cannot be forced by management, and if it is–it doesn’t work. Instead, they have ...

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How to Overcome Innovation and Change Fatigue

Alvin Toffler passed away in June 2016 at the age of 87. The author of Future Shock, he warned us almost 50 years ago about the effects of change and our unpreparedness to address it. We are now suffering some the consequences he predicted by not being aware of the signs, symptoms and treatment of, what he called, the disease of change. ...

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The Most Important Skill Of Every Great Leader

“Great leaders ask these three questions when making any decision.” Great decision-making is one of the hallmarks of great leadership. But how do you develop great decision-making skills? Are some people just born with the ability to make good decisions by using innately logical minds and good intuition? Goooooooal! So, here’s a great piece of trivia that puts the pitfalls ...

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Top 10 Innovation and Design Card Decks

Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies. IDEO’s Method Cards. Sub Rosa’s Questions & Empathy. Idea Couture’s Impact Foresight Game. I’ve long been a fan of design and innovation card decks. I love them so much I helped create one this year – LPK’s Roadblocks to Innovation – shared 600+ sets worldwide and led a couple dozen Roadblocks Workshops. This unique medium has a power ...

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Reflecting on our Innovation Practices

Innovation has been rapidly changing and much of its basics have been swallowed up by some newly defining frameworks that have raced up to the top of the innovation agenda. They have driven much of our thinking and reacting. It is right that we all respond to these but we often forget much of the rest of what innovation needs ...

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How to Build an Innovation and Insights Group from Scratch

Many of you reading this have created or operated innovation or insights programs for organizations of a variety of sizes, or are curious about how to go about it. Operating an innovation program or leading an insights group is definitely much different than creating one. In some ways it is easier, because things are already in place, but inheriting processes ...

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