Culture & Values

13 Guidelines for Navigating the New Decade Ahead

In 2009, after a speech at the St. Petersburg International Economic Summit (Russia’s Davos), I wandered into a  panel discussion on the topic of trade wars, led by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. My thought was: “why this topic?” Trade wars were not on most people’s radar, certainly not mine. But the question is: should they have been? I’ve been ruminating of late about ...

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Launch & Abandon Trap – Why Innovation Fails

“People were so excited and then things just went back to business as usual.” “Leadership announced our new innovation initiatives at the company-wide meeting but then I didn’t hear another word about it.” “There was a lot of fanfare in the beginning but then it just fizzled out kind of like every other initiative so I just keep my head ...

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#NewYears2019 Innovation Excellence Ranks the Top 10 Innovative COO’s on Social Media

Success in the world of work today is, as always, tied to the indelible link between talent, brand and innovation. What has changed and continues to evolve is the opportunity for savvy leaders to optimize their passion and their work on social channels. Innovation Excellence, likes to recognize the Top Ten Innovative – as in most engaged and engaging – ...

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Organizational Agility Requires Psychologically Safe Teams

Psychological safety is the absence of fear of exclusion or loss of status for being one’s self and openly expressing one’s thoughts and opinions. You can tell a team, operational group, or organizational environment is psychologically safe when its members are comfortable with open discussion of their most significant shortcomings Such environments do not focus on shielding members feelings. Despite the ...

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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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9 Diversity Dimensions That Increase Innovation, and One Reason They May Not

Human resource departments tout diversity, because a diverse company will better represent all of its customers. But how does diversity help creativity? What are the important factors we typically forget? When we use the word “diversity” in the context of companies, we typically refer to the following definition: “the inclusion of individuals representing more than one national origin,color, religion, socioeconomic stratum, sexual orientation, etc.” In fact, the dictionary gives us the example of the ...

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Changing Corporate Culture to Encourage More Innovation

I’ve written and spoken about the importance of corporate culture and its impact on innovation over the last 15 years or so. Heck, one of the underlying issues I address in my book Relentless Innovation (shameless plug) is the overwhelming challenge that corporate culture presents to an innovation team. I’ve argued that corporate culture, more than any other issue, is the ...

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