Author Archives: Mike Shipulski

Leadership is Not Binary – Use Your Judgement

100% of the people won’t like your new idea, even if it’s a really good one like the airplane, mayonnaise or air conditioning. I don’t know the right amount of conflict, but I know it’s not 0% or 100%. If 100% is good, 110% isn’t better. Percentages don’t work that way. 100% alignment is not the best thing. Great things ...

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If You Are Not Learning, What Are You Doing?

You can’t learn until you acknowledge you don’t understand. No one knows everything. No sense pretending, especially if you want to learn. If you don’t know what you want to learn, any learning will do. If you’re not surprised, the learning could have been deeper. When you learn it won’t work it’s not failure, it’s learning. When assumptions are formalized, ...

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Wisdom within Dichotomy

To create future success, you’ve got to outlaw the very thing responsible for your past success. Sometimes slower is faster and sometimes slower is slower. But it’s always a judgement call. We bite the bullet and run expensive experiments because they’re valuable, but we neglect to run the least expensive thought experiments because they’re too disruptive. There’s an infinite difference ...

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Don’t Accelerate Innovation – Burst it

The most difficult part of innovation is starting, and the best way to start is the Innovation Burst Event, or IBE. The IBE is a short, focused event with three objectives: to learn innovation methods, to provide hands-on experience, and to generate actual results. In short, the IBE is a great way to get started. There are a couple flavors ...

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The Three R’s of Innovation – Risk, Reward, and Resources

The Three Rs of Innovation – Risk, Reward, and Resources

Is it innovation or continuous improvement or is it innovation? Is it regular innovation or disruptive innovation? Is it new enough or too new? These questions are worse than meaningless as they suck emotional energy from the organization and divert emotional energy from the business objective. With every initiative, there are risks, rewards, and resources. Risk generally tracks with newness, ...

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The HOW and WHY of Innovation

Innovation is difficult because it demands new work. But, at a more basic level, it’s difficult because it requires an admission that the way you’ve done things is no longer viable. And, without public admission the old way won’t carry the day, innovation cannot move forward. After the admission there’s no innovation, but it’s one step closer. After a public ...

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Companies don’t innovate, people do.

Big companies hold tightly to what they have until they feel threatened by upstarts, and not before. They mobilize only when they see their sales figures dip below the threshold of tolerability, and no sooner. And if they’re the market leaders, they delay their mobilization through rationalization. The dip is due to general economic slowdown that is out of our ...

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