culture

38 Awesome Quotes on Change

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin “Change before you have to.” – Jack Welch “People don’t resist change. They resist being changed!” – Peter Senge “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy “The ...

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P&G's Lessons from a Century of Open Innovation

Suffice it to say I was honored my friend Chris Thoen would agree to talk about P&G‘s Open Innovation history at the 3rd Open Innovation (OI) Summit at Baldwin Wallace College‘s Center for Innovation & Growth: Practical Challenges of Global Open Innovation.  Chris has been interviewed, quoted, written about extensively as a leader in OI, including on these pages, and for good reason. ...

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41 Ways to Foster a Culture of Innovation

Yes, we know you want your organization to be more innovative. And yes, we know you want to improve your organization’s culture of innovation. The best place to start? With YOU. Give up needing to be the smartest person in the room. Seek out people who think differently than you do. Reward new thinking. When you delegate, delegate. Listen more, ...

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Innovation Management's Dirty Little Secret

I recently met a sales executive that has been in the innovation management industry for some time – in fact, for over nine years. During that time, he has worked for six different vendors who have implemented their solutions at a variety of organizations. He told me that “the industry has a dirty little secret – not one of the ...

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Random Thoughts on Innovation and Design Thinking

I was watching the film ‘Inception’ on a long flight last week and I remembered one interesting dialogue from the film “How do you translate business strategy into emotion?”. I was not really watching as I was editing the next issue of M/I/S/C magazine, but the line caught my attention. I rewound it back and tried to make sure if ...

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Fostering an Innovative Culture

In the last few years, innovation has become increasingly important, with the rise of outsourcing, and companies being forced to become tighter due to the global recession. People understand that they need to be innovative, they’re just not sure how or where to start. Start at the top. If the CEO, and the other executives don’t believe in innovation, and ...

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Innovation Leadership Needs Shared Power and Truth

Leadership is the Key to Innovation by Roy Luebke Innovation exists on a spectrum from incremental to transformational. Ultimately it is the CEO who must decide where the organization is going to focus its efforts along this spectrum. A recent article in the journal Academy of Management Perspectives titled, “Leadership and Neuroscience: Can We Revolutionize the Way That Inspirational Leaders ...

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Rewarding Innovation

A reward scheme can make or kill an innovation initiative, such as an idea management process. Considering the amount of effort that goes into launching an idea management process in many companies, it is essential to get the rewards right. In this article we will look at reward schemes supporting an idea management process – one that is ideally supported ...

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Are You Engaging Your Employees?

You may be funny, smart, and easy to dance with, but if you are not engaging employees on an ongoing basis, all of your work in developing a strategic plan will be for naught. In my last two blogs, we talked about informing and inspiring employees during implementation of the strategic plan. The last piece of the puzzle involves engaging ...

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5 Ways to Ignite a Culture of Innovation

Trying to create a culture of innovation is a daunting task for even the most committed organization. Cultures take decades to form. Changing them is not an overnight phenomenon, no matter how many outside consultants you’ve gotten on the case. You might as well try to end world hunger or wipe out Aids overnight. It’s gonna take a while. But ...

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