Creativity

How Does Amazon Do It? Five Critical Factors That Explain Amazon’s Incredible Success

With Amazon edging towards becoming the world’s first trillion-dollar company, fresh attention is being paid to the factors that could derail its growth. The company slowed a bit this quarter, sending the stock down eleven percent. Nevertheless, this downtick should not distract from the reality that Amazon has emerged as the new model of innovation effectiveness. They are something new in ...

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Team Innovation Is The Secret Sauce To Success

Team innovation is the secret sauce to a business’s success. It creates a strong competitive advantage and helps you go further, faster than the competition. But, removing the barriers and getting a team to innovate beyond a creative off-site meeting once a quarter can feel challenging. In LaunchStreet’s work with clients, we’ve found 7 ways to encourage innovation that have ...

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The Biggest Leadership Failure that Kills Innovation

When I conducted my doctoral research between 2008 and 2010, I found that autonomy was the strongest single factor that companies and leaders control, that would positively affect employee creativity, and therefore company innovation. The opposite, bureaucracy, was found to be the strongest single factor within the company and leader’s control that would negatively affect those. In fact, the logo ...

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Innovation as a Path to Peace

Can collaborative entrepreneurship facilitate a rapprochement in Cyprus? How can innovation offer a path to peace? This question was asked by two young entrepreneurs in Cyprus. For readers unaware of the Cyprus problem, the island of Cyprus is physically divided into the Republic of Cyprus (a UN and EU member) inhabited principally by Cypriots of Greek origin and smaller ethnic ...

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Making Introverts Successful Innovators

I have two sons and they are so different, they have same interests, but comparing their social skills or the way they communicate, they are totally different. Since they were 3 years old and started with Kindergarten, we knew for sure that one is introvert and other is extrovert. A week ago, I was on school meeting where school psychologist ...

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Once upon a Time, in Business

In business and daily life, we are wired for stories as a species. One creation myth begins by saying God created humans because he needed good stories. Stories bind us together, creating an emotionally connected narrative through which we make sense of the world. I want to share a Here’s What I Love About My Careerstory with you. The background is a co-creation session ...

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How to kill innovation with email, guaranteed!

How often do you use the BCC field in an email header? Here is one negative consequence to consider. Innovation is a team sport. You must rely not only on your own ingenuity and creativity, but also on that of your team members. Innovation also requires a culture of innovation, of which team dynamics play a critical role. Constructive Disagreement Effective, productive, and creative teamwork rely ...

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Why Your Creative Idea Isn’t All That Original (And That’s A Good Thing)

Here’s an uncomfortable truth: Your amazing, original idea—the one you swear is going to transform the world—is not all that original. At least not in the way that you think. And that doesn’t mean it’s not going to transform the world. We tend to think that outstanding creative works or amazing disruptive innovations sprang forth into the world wholly original ...

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Finally, A Commencement Speech About Innovation and Creativity

Think Big Anyway! That’s what Innovation Excellence contributor Robert B. Tucker advised students when he delivered the commencement address at the University of California, Davis. Given the exponential rate of change and the inability to predict where technology (and their careers) will evolve to, Tucker challenged this group of 500 PhD candidates and innovators to “Think Big, Anyway,” despite the ...

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