Tag Archives: change

Innovation Schadenfreude

Creating Value from the Misery of Others The unspoken goal of innovation is to delight. In their delight, the user or recipient of the innovation validates the efforts made on their behalf to dispel their problem. For an innovator the joy comes from recognizing pain, suffering, heartache, or confusion and then conceiving of and designing something that takes that misery ...

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Importance of Empathy to Leadership

A while back I wrote a blog about resilience being one of the most important qualities for today’s leaders. A number of readers agreed with me, and one went on to point out another very important leadership trait that often gets overlooked – empathy. Most people don’t associate the word “empathy” with effective leadership. Business leaders are supposed to be ...

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Job Hunting in a Social Media World

Are You Keeping Up? by Holly G. Green A colleague sent me an interesting report the other day – 125 Linked-In Job Search Tips. It’s a great read that got me thinking about how much things have changed in the employment landscape since I started my career. It also reminded me of how critical it is to keep up to ...

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38 Awesome Quotes on Change

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin “Change before you have to.” – Jack Welch “People don’t resist change. They resist being changed!” – Peter Senge “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy “The ...

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Managing Innovation Complexity

Ideas are easy; innovation is hard. Ideas are exciting, but innovation is scary because it is all about change. The changes required by minor innovations are easier for customers and organizations to absorb. But the large changes generated by major innovations often disrupt not only the market, but the internal workings of the organization as well. This requires organizations to become increasingly flexible and adaptable. And companies that successfully innovate in a repeatable fashion have one thing in common: they are good at managing and adapting to change and complexity.

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When to Restructure

To restructure or not to restructure? That is the question that many a business is forced to ask at some point during their life cycle. The mere discussion of corporate re-engineering can cause fear, anxiety, and in some cases even panic. This is so much the case that some CEOs will avoid restructuring initiatives at all costs. There are even some business theorists that warn against undertaking complex restructurings because of the great risks involved.

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Why Change is Hard

I am someone who loves change. In fact I sometimes change things simply for change sake. But I recently learned a powerful lesson on why change is difficult, even for someone like me who loves to stir things up. I bought a MacBook Pro a few weeks ago. Friends have been prodding me to buy Apple after a number of ...

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May the Lateral Force be With Us

In its simplest form, the status quo can be represented as two forces of the same magnitude applied in opposite directions. They compensate each other, such that nothing move. Then imagine a small lateral force being applied that tilts the two opposite forces from their axis. All of a sudden, the equilibrium (or status quo) is disrupted and movement starts. ...

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Leading Change – Envisioning the Future and Results

As I said on this blog last time, I made a commitment this summer to exploring organizational transformation. I want to now share some information about developing the context for internal and external change. Last week, I introduced four things that effective leaders of change must do. Today I’d like to talk about envisioning the future and results. In a ...

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