Management

Trouble with Experts

When somebody asks if you can do something, pause for a moment before saying “NO.” Your first thought may be “that’s impossible,” but upon reflection you can probably figure out how to pull it off. Indeed, there is a very good chance that what you are being asked to do is not what is really needed, anyway. Think about it. ...

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Effective Innovation Meetings

Seven People Who Need to be Involved in Your Meetings by Paul Williams Meetings. We have too many of them. Many Most aren’t productive. They are a necessary evil. But they don’t necessarily have to be evil… There are all sorts of strategies when hosting meetings. If you keep them small, you’ll encounter less resistance and get ideas passed quicker. ...

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How the Rubber Band Effect Hinders Innovation

You stretch it, you hold and — swish, it just goes back to normal. This is what happens when you play around with a rubber band. You just don’t get anywhere with it. Unfortunately, this is also the situation with many organizations trying to change the corporate culture and further develop their innovation capabilities. I have seen too many cases ...

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Key Employees – Asset or Liability

What is a key employee, and who is worthy of such a title? Much has been written on the subject of key employees, and in my opinion most of it flat misses the mark. In fact, I’ll go so far as to say that what most people refer to as key employees are not really assets, but rather large contingent ...

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Five Things Needed to Manage Innovation

Sometimes I wonder whether innovation actually can be managed. If this is the case, I wonder why the return on investments and the innovation output is so low at so many companies. Could it be that innovation is more about luck and timing than ever before? The reason for this being the fast pace of change that we have in ...

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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 Necessity – Thinking the Unthinkable

“Solitary, poor, brutish, nasty and short” is how Thomas Hobbs, a political thinker from the 1600s described the “life of man”. Hobbs, along with John Locke and a number of other social and political theorists, developed ideas around the social contract which influenced many thinkers and lead to changes in government in the United States (our revolution from England) and ...

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Participation to Build a Nation

While in Africa the world’s eyes are focused on Libya, further down the continent South Sudan is working through the process of formally separating from North Sudan to become the world’s newest nation. After years of civil war there are still strong tensions between the two states, but it was great to discover how the South chose a song in ...

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Role of R&D in Driving Product Adoption

Most organizations strive to keep their product developers locked up far away from customers. After all, you never know what an engineer or designer might say. Those R&D guys tend to be coldly straight, to the point and struggle with the concept of “spin,” which can be kind of scary. They also deeply understand the product, its special nuances, performance ...

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Tear Down These Walls

In 1987, president Ronald Reagan gave his famous speech in which he implored Soviet Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall!” I’m going to paraphrase his history-altering quote and urge today’s business leaders to tear down these walls! Which walls? The ones that get in the way of cross-communication within organizations and prevent innovation from taking place. Unlike ...

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