Leadership

How to Avoid Greatness

Want An Ordinary Life? Here’s How. If you clicked on this article because you’re okay giving up on your dreams for what’s ordinary and predictable there’s not much need to read any further, just carry on; it’s your choice and you’re the only person who has to live with it. Still here? Good. This is about being anything but ordinary. ...

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Untold Stories Of Everyday Innovators Inside Organizations

Lisa was the administrative assistant to the CEO of a global consulting firm. Her innovative approach to her work became the best practices that gave the company a competitive advantage. Kelly is an operations manager for the government. Her forward-thinking ideas have helped her department have a stronger, more valued voice to the internal teams they serve. Mike runs an ...

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Make Your Next Corporate Offsite a Disruptive Innovation Jam

How to transform a boring leadership offsite into an inspiring springboard for the future I’ve been fortunate to work with thousands of executives from many household names over the past 20 years. There’s one thing just about every company and every leadership team share in common – the annual offsite. Most offsites focus on building big visions, crafting change management strategies, and aligning ...

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To Succeed You Must Hit Rock Bottom First

None of us ask for life’s greatest challenges, but that doesn’t mean we can’t benefit from them. I’m going to ask you to recollect what you consider to be your greatest challenge to date. Not one that simply stretched your mind but one that drained your soul. Got it? Good. If it’s not one you’re going through right now then ...

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The Top 10 Business Strategy Books of 2018

There’s a big trend when it comes to business strategy books and it’s all about business models In my work advising executives from both big companies and startups, I get insight into what’s on the minds of some of the most strategic, innovative leaders in the planet.  There are a few consistent and common themes, usually presented as questions that ...

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Food for Thought: Innovation Menu for 2019

Food for Thought is my new pop-up restaurant where people who can think (our innovation experts) serve their ideas to people who can’t (everyone else).  STARTERS The Next Big Thing It’s different every day! Dip a genetically modified Quorn™ chip into “a new generation” grand statement from an opinionated innovation expert. Choice of three classic dressings: “Awesome”! “Amazing!” “Wow!” Cryptocurrency ...

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The Hiring Mistake That Would Kill Your Company’s Innovation Culture

The growth stage of a startup is scary and painful. With perfectly good intentions, founders make this mistake, that may lead to the company’s failure. When a startup is born, its founders are the creators of everything. They are the ones responsible for product (or service) development, for initial marketing and sales, and everything else that’s needed. They get their hands real dirty. When they ...

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The 7 Most Important Words in a Negotiation

It’s tempting to give ultimatums in tense negotiations, but how you give them is what’s important, according to a former FBI kidnapping negotiator. I love to negotiate, sometimes a bit too much. A deep negotiation has to be one of life’s most exhilarating experiences. Few things will force you to dig deeper into your creativity, to become so fully aware ...

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Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2018

Building upon the success of Braden Kelley’s Blogging Innovation, we launched Innovation Excellence on August 1, 2011 and so 2018 was our seventh full year of operations. To celebrate we’ve pulled together the Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2018 from our archive of nearly 7,500 innovation-related articles from more than 400 contributing authors. Click the link if you missed the ...

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Top 20 Innovation Articles of December 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 December’s twenty most popular innovation posts: Top 5 ...

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