Psychology

Warning – Open Space Office Ahead

Open space plan is THE thing in innovative office design today. But when the bottom line is: ‘kiss your private office/cubicle goodbye,’ many employees become anxious, angry or heartbroken. And are messages that ‘it’ll be good for the team’ or ‘seniority is not recognized by having a private office” really consoling to anyone losing privacy?

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Innovation and Diversity

"Tomorrow's management systems will need to value diversity, dissent and divergence as highly as conformance, consensus and cohesion" -- a tweet by Gary Hamel leads Ralph Ohr into the importance of Innovation and Diversity.

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Increasing Demand for a Third Place

As I look around the economic landscape in the United States and see a climate where not only home prices but also rents are falling in many geographies, especially as the results of an all-advised rental property construction boom become available. I find myself thinking that we are in the middle of a profound shift in the American reality.

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Win Hearts and Minds

As an engineering leader you have the biggest profit lever in the company. You lead the engineering teams, and the engineering teams design the products. You can shape their work, you can help them raise their game, and you can help them change their thinking. But if you don’t win their hearts and minds, you have nothing.

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Lancome – Engaging Women Through Exploration

Measuring and understanding the type of relationship buyers have with a brand is powerful information to leverage in innovation. Lancôme has a unique relationship with women compared to competitors such as Estee Lauder, Clinique and Avon. Women define their relationship with Lancôme as one based on exploration, which is differentiating among its cosmetic competitors.

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Have Fun At Work!

Fun is no longer part of the business equation. Our focus on productivity, quality, and cost has killed it. Killed it dead. Vital few, return on investment, Gantt charts, project plans, and criminal number one – PowerPoint. I can’t stand it.

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Innovation Flow – personal mastery explored

Mastery, unconscious competence, effortless genius. These are all ways to describe the state of ‘flow’. At a personal level, innovation excellence relies on our ability to master the state of effortless genius. What can we learn about ‘flow’ from music that we can transfer to the world of innovation and personal excellence?

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