Leadership

The One Thing You Should Never Try To Outrun

Evolution has wired us to run from our fear, but that’s often the last thing you should be doing. According to conservationinstitute.org the 10 fastest animals are the: Peregrine Falcon, Frigate Bird, Sail Fish, Cheetah, Pronghorn Antelope, Blue Wildebeest, Lion, and Thomson’s Gazelle. But what if I were to tell you can outrun any of these animals? Ridiculous, right? Yet, ...

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Seven Verbs that Define Innovation Leaders

Leaders of innovation have a bias for action. They get on with things. No matter how well the business is doing they are not content to settle for what has been achieved so far; they are restless to try new initiatives. These seven verbs describe some of their key actions. 1. Focus.  They focus on the long term, on the ...

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Why You Should Not Climb The Corporate Ladder

Do you think climbing the corporate ladder is the best chance for career success? Think again. One of the favorite studies I wrote about in Friend of a Friendis Adam Kleinbaum’s research on what he calls organizational misfits. We might think that the people that stick in one silo, stay in one lane, and slowly climb the corporate ladder get ...

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Top 20 Innovation Articles of August 2018

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 August’s twenty most popular innovation posts: Top Innovative ...

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The Secret to Realizing Your Full Potential

We all have something that makes us extraordinary, and once you figure it out you’re unstoppable! Cutting To The Core If you want to achieve your full potential there is something about yourself that you need to understand intimately and fine tune relentlessly, and it’s something that’s been inside of you all along. It starts with one of my favorite ...

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Proactive versus Reactive Innovation: Learning from Nature

I’ve always believed that we can learn how to innovate, and organize our businesses by learning from nature. One example is to question Wall Street’s obsession with short-term results, by understanding how giant redwoods maximize long-term growth by embracing variations based on short-term changes in resources.   https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/does-wall-street-have-growth-wrong-giant-redwood-trees-pete-foley/.  I also believe that we can learn a lot about fast, agile decision-making ...

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The Best Reason NOT to Have a Backup Plan

I’m going to challenge your intuition and sense of self-preservation. But I’m going to do it in the name of something much greater, self-fulfillment. Stick with me for a few short minutes. I don’t watch much TV or cable, but a few years ago I got caught up in the drama of a live broadcast of Nik Wallenda’s tight rope ...

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Four Ways to Overcome the Impossible

“You’ve heard it a million times but here’s why it’s true.” I’m just coming off of a one year build of a new startup. As with most startups, it’s been a wild ride, with more twists and turns, obstacles and challenges, learning and growth than I would ever have imagined. You’d think after having made the startup journey a handful ...

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Top 20 Innovation Articles of July 2018

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 July’s twenty most popular innovation posts: Design Thinking ...

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