Author Archives: Michael Graber

Wisdom on Handling the Talent Side of Innovation: Suzan Briganti, CEO & Founder Swarm Vision

With 25 years of experience in research, strategy and innovation, Suzan has grown Swarm Vision from a garage start-up to a trusted solution provider to global Fortune 500 clients.   How do most corporations attract, train, and retain their innovation talent?  Most companies lack a focus on innovation talent, which is a crazy because this talent is a massively important ...

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Culture Remains the Strongest Innovation Litmus Test

For being members of a discipline that prides itself on discovering the unknown, innovation practitioners have a secret lust of commonplace predictability and yearn for security as much as any human being. Seeing how they too often become the mistaken and hapless scapegoats for lack of core business growth, it is easy to empathize with this longing for belonging and ...

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Designing Your Culture for High Performance

If you follow this column you know that we live in paradoxical times. While our future depends on digital transformations and disruption in every industry, the future of the workplace is human-centered. This particular paradox presents a unique set of issues. If you embrace the thinking in the popular management book, Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast, and believe that a ...

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FourSight: Innovation when it works and when it fails

An Innov8ors Miami Keynote by Sarah Thurber Last year Innov8rs embarked on a year-long research project to better understand: who are corporate innovators? What makes them tick? What makes their efforts succeed and fail? We partnered with FourSight, creators of the FourSight Thinking Profile, to assess more than 350 innovators from around the world. We collected data from Europe, Asia, ...

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Innovation: Don’t flirt if you don’t mean business

“This has been the most energized, inspired day in my long career here,” proclaimed a Senior Director of R&D of a durable goods company, “but it will be a complete waste of time if the company doesn’t launch any of these products or services.” His comments resounded with prophetic pomp, a sad vocal thunder. Everyone knew the truth about which ...

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The Two Must-Have Keys to Innovation

Hello friends, It’s that time of year again: new year’s resolutions, hot cocoa, and a frantic pressure to put together a plan to somehow be innovative as the calendar starts anew. Let’s pause on the panic and look closer at innovation. It takes two factors to make innovation real at an organization: 1. Concepts 2. Culture Work on both at the ...

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Conscious Capitalism: Conversation with Raj Sisodia, Part Four

Raj Sisodia is the Professor of Global Business, Babson College, Co-founder & Co-Chairman, Conscious Capitalism, Inc. Raj has written ten books and over 100 academic articles.   Q: How does short-term investment work with Conscious Capitalism? A: It doesn’t. Most speculators are shrewd masters. The biases toward quarterly bottom line stock price gains mean that only eight months or less ...

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Interning at an Innovation and Strategy Firm

The Southern Growth Studio has on-going internships programs with Rhodes College, CBU, the University of Memphis Department of Anthropology, as well as the Temple Israel Fellowship program. This Summer my son, David Graber, also served as an intern. This is his story. This was my first summer wearing a collared shirt. More jarring, this was my first summer using phrases ...

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Conscious Innovation

Readers of this column understand how the role of business itself is morphing. Technology has met customer preference and disrupted many categories. Think of Airbnb, Lyft and Uber, as well as UberEats. Look at the unimaginable growth of Apple and Amazon. Examine, too the function of innovation as a formal discipline and the rise of Conscious Capitalism. Here is what ...

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