Innovation

Drive Out Fear for innovation to Flow

The primary impediment to innovation is fear, and the prime directive of any innovation system should be to drive out fear. A culture of accountability, implemented poorly, can inject fear and deter innovation. When the team is accountable to deliver on a project but are constrained to a fixed scope, a fixed launch date and resources, they will be afraid. ...

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The Gladwell Trap

I recently bought a book that I was really excited about. It’s one of those books that’s created a lot of buzz and it was highly recommended by someone I respect. The author’s pedigree included Harvard, Stanford, McKinsey and a career as a successful entrepreneur and CEO. Yet about halfway in I noticed that he was choosing facts to fit ...

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Top 20 Innovation Articles of October 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 October’s twenty most popular innovation posts: The Age ...

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You Can’t Innovate When …

Your company believes everything should always go as planned. You still have to do your regular job. The project’s completion date is disrespectful of the work content. Your company doesn’t recognize the difference between complex and complicated. The team is not given the tools, training, time and a teacher. You’re asked to generate 500 ideas but you’re afraid no one ...

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Innovation is the Triumph of Hope over Experience

Oscar Wilde, perhaps one of the most acerbic and humorous writers of the 19th century, once commented that a second marriage after a failed first marriage was the “triumph of hope over experience”. His point was that people continued to pursue marriage, even in the face of bitter previous failure. Now Wilde was a bachelor, and also unable to marry ...

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Innovation Leadership

Innovation starts with people. Things don’t innovate. They’re not people. Companies don’t. They’re not people. AI? Sorry, it’s not actually AI and of course, not person…yet… None of the above lead either. In the end, as in any kind of leadership, it’s about the person, the group of people after that doing those special things that get folks to run ...

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