Creativity

Innovation is Not Supposed to be Fun

innovation isn't supposed to be fun

Gary Pisano, a Harvard Business School Professor, wrote an excellent article in HBR last year on the hard realities of what innovative company cultures actually look like, which I highly recommend every aspiring innovator to read. The bottom line? The inspiring and comfortable attributes, such as freedom, low hierarchy, and tolerance for failure that are associated with innovative company cultures are universally appreciated, accepted, ...

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Actions, Motivations, and Trust

(Excerpt from my upcoming book The Book of Trust): One element of personal shared values is encompassed in the why we are taking action, and what action we choose to take. Imagine two people as in the image below. Each is driven by motivations and interests that are not necessarily made visible to the other person. These are their “Why”. Why they ...

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The Push Pull of Innovation

Do you remember playing tug-of-war as a kid? It was a game of two teams holding on to either side of a rope, and each team had to try to pull the other over a line down the middle. When it comes to change and innovation, that’s exactly what happens individually, in our teams, and in our organizations – it’s ...

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Great Ideas are NOT Accidental!

In 2010, I had an idea for a new product for the company I worked for. I had put together a business plan and presented it to the company’s CEO. A week later I presented it to the board of directors. My presentation was very well received, and the directors described the product as very innovative and “life-altering” for the ...

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How To Stay Relevant In Complex Changing Times

We’re all familiar with the old phrase “what got me here, is not going to get me there”, and this is even more important when things are moving so fast and changing so quickly. The things that got us to success yesterday, or even today, aren’t working anymore, or they’re not working as well as they used to be. A ...

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Five New Innovation Books for the Holidays

As the holiday season in the US gets underway, I habitually look back on what I’ve learnt over the previous year.  An important part of that is always what I’ve read, and in the festive spirit of sharing, here are five books that greatly influenced me in 2019.  None are strictly ‘Innovation books’.  Instead they contain insights that I think ...

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Innovation Intelligence – 4 Thinking Tools for Innovators

This continues on from an Innovation Excellence blog I wrote last month about how personality types can influence innovation capability. https://www.innovationexcellence.com/blog/2019/10/03/5-psychological-traits-of-highly-innovative-organizations/  While many of the ideas in that article could also be applied to personal development, the primary focus was on how we behave, develop and recruit innovation capability in a team context.  But personality and thinking styles are obviously ...

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The Importance of Seeing it Coming

In my travels this year, the one comment I’m hearing is “we just didn’t see it coming.” The grocery industry didn’t see it coming when Amazon suddenly jumped into their industry and 25 billion in market cap got erased overnight. An insurance company in California didn’t see it coming when the effects of climate change fueled a raging wildfire that ...

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