Tag Archives: culture

Innovation is a Lifestyle, Not a Bunch of Metrics

Far too many supposed innovation experts believe that measuring activities is critical to success. Maybe. Maybe not so much. At least for the big stuff. Innovation activities simply for the sake of doing something without context and insight from the measure may be in fact very misleading. Persistent growth, profit, ROI and NPV are the obvious measures, really the only ones that ...

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Don’t Hire For Culture Fit

You’ve probably heard the advice: “Don’t hire for skills, hire for culture fit.” The idea is that if someone is a good fit for your company culture, you can train them on the skills they need. But the reverse isn’t always true. No matter how much training you give them, you can’t really change someone’s personality. Thus, began a series ...

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The Secrets to Effective, Efficient Ideation

We all want to win the never-ending race for great, effective, profitable new ideas. We want these ideas without a huge effort, without a huge risk and without a huge investment. We also want ideas with impact, that are rapidly actionable and ideally that utilize mostly existing resources and relationships. Most ideation is done in a highly periodic, no idea ...

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Want Great Insight? Then Experience It!

Listen, Watch…Then Do I’ll argue that while most do the first two , very few get to the last – the do part. That’s the single most important thing. It’s through the do, through direct experience that one develops and picks up on the most important thing. Context. Only through a never ending, ecosystem wide and even beyond, persistent and ...

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Looking at Eric Ries and The Startup Way

With a wry grin, Eric begins his talk by knocking on the idea of certification: “A certified entrepreneur is a certifiable idea.” This was the perfect opening to a cunningly smart talk that cuts straight through the morass of corporate politics. The author of The Lean Start Up and The Startup Way began his talk by saying the most absurd ...

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The interplay between innovation, creativity, and consciousness

Innovation consulting can be a lonely place for a woman to play, especially in a conventional, male-oriented, and competitive marketplace like Melbourne is today. Making networking a key way of enhancing my intellectual, emotional and social capital, consciousness and creativity.  Involving going out of my way to meet people with different business and life experiences, backgrounds and perspectives. Reflecting on ...

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Culture Remains the Strongest Innovation Litmus Test

For being members of a discipline that prides itself on discovering the unknown, innovation practitioners have a secret lust of commonplace predictability and yearn for security as much as any human being. Seeing how they too often become the mistaken and hapless scapegoats for lack of core business growth, it is easy to empathize with this longing for belonging and ...

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Designing Your Culture for High Performance

If you follow this column you know that we live in paradoxical times. While our future depends on digital transformations and disruption in every industry, the future of the workplace is human-centered. This particular paradox presents a unique set of issues. If you embrace the thinking in the popular management book, Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast, and believe that a ...

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