Feature Of The Week

How To Create Something Truly Original

I study innovators for a living. Every year, I interview dozens of men and women who’ve achieved remarkable things. For my own part, I publish about a hundred articles a year and my second book, Cascades, will come out this spring. While my achievements pale in comparison to many of those I interview, many believe my work to be original. ...

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Embracing Your Company’s ‘Digital Destiny’

Every single industry has a “digital destiny” – an inevitable and unavoidable future that will be shaped by the forces of digital technology. There are no exceptions here. There’s no chance of escaping and somehow clinging on to the past. Just like previous waves of disruptive technological change throughout human history, nothing can possibly impede the accelerating momentum and destructive ...

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Are You Ready to Run a Digital Business for the Digital Age?

In our digital age, all companies must change how they think, how they interact with customers, partners, and suppliers, and how their business works on the inside. Customer, partner, and supplier expectations have changed, and a gap is opening between what they expect from their interaction with companies and what those companies are currently able to deliver. Companies must immediately ...

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Top 20 Innovation Articles of March 2019

Drum roll please… At the beginning of each month we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month that generated the most traffic to Innovation Excellence. We also publish a weekly Top 8 as part of our FREE email newsletter. Did your favorite make the cut? But enough delay, here are March’s twenty most popular innovation posts: The Most ...

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Stop Overloading Engineers, While Increasing Project Throughput

Scenario: WebCo, a company with about 200 contributors, was having trouble keeping projects on schedule. An analysis of the root causes showed that engineers worked long days. Many of these workdays included many meetings that were not about their highest priority project. The VP of Engineering suspected that her staff were getting stretched too thin. She did some quick research, ...

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If You Want to Change the World, You Need to Start With a Keystone Change

On December 31st, 1929, the Indian National Congress, the foremost nationalist group on the subcontinent, issued a Declaration of Purna Swaraj, or complete independence from British rule. It also announced a campaign of civil disobedience, but no one had any idea what form it should take. That task fell to Mohandas Gandhi. The Mahatma returned to his ashram to contemplate ...

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How To Respond To New Creative Ideas

One of the more fascinating findings around creativity (especially creativity at work) is how important the social environment is to whether or not individuals tap into their creativity potential. Social Environment is one of four components that Teresa Amabile discovered were precursors to creative ideas. The social environment stimulates creativity by effecting collaboration, the safe sharing of ideas, and the ...

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Radically Re-Thinking Work

It seems that the waves of change are not going to subside anytime soon. As AI and other advanced technologies permeate the workplace, flipping mindsets, learning new behaviours and skills and shaping organizational cultures are causing us to radically rethink work in ways that maximize the intelligences of both humans and machines. Leading companies are recognizing that these technologies are ...

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Fail it. Nail it. Scale it. Sale it

Q: What are the three most common questions doctors, scientists and engineers ask about their new ideas, inventions and discoveries? A: What do I do next ? How to I find money? How do I scale my business? The answers are to 1)set up and fail at conducting the right business model and experiment to find a profitable and scalable business ...

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