Tag Archives: innovative thinking

Insight Trumps Knowledge

Most of us spend our lives pursuing knowledge when what we really need is insight. Throughout our education and our careers we strive to learn things that we hope will bring us success. While knowledge is certainly important, a great insight will beat it every time.

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Plan to be Punched in the Face

Experienced leaders know how just easily the most carefully crafted plan can go awry, particularly in the innovation process. In his new Little Black Book of Innovation, Scott Anthony cautions against betting the farm on the perfect plan. “No business plan survives first contact with the market,” Anthony says.

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What's Your New Year's Vision?

I’ve never been big on New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t find them very motivating and apparently I’m not alone, judging by the number of people who crowd into my health club in January who are gone by April. Resolutions just don’t stick with me. So I’ve been musing about finding an innovative way to practice this tradition. The answer I’ve come up with: Instead of a New Year’s Resolution, why not a New Year’s Vision?

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The Universal Challenge of Entrepreneurs and Innovators

Niccolo Machiavelli wrote, “There is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than the creation of a new order of things.” He was talking about politics and government but it applies equally well to any new venture. It is the universal experience of everyone who has ever tried: It’s not going to go exactly like you think it will. You will have to make adjustments.

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What Does Topgrading Mean for Your B+ Players?

​As a general concept, topgrading is intuitive, but the finer points of topgrading can leave management with feelings of discomfort and confusion. One of these core scenarios is what happens when your B+ players are consistently on the line. If you have read "Topgrading," the process is described as a black and white, but when dealing with people there are always shades of gray.

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To Innovate, You Have to Believe

“There are no atheists in fox holes,” the old saw goes. It’s an assertion that no doubt offends atheists, who I assume hold their beliefs with the same conviction as anyone else. I have a similar observation to make about innovation (one that I don’t think will offend anyone): There are no unbelievers among innovators.

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40 Reasons Why We Struggle with Innovation

The fuzzy front end of innovation confronts you with a lot of questions. For the new edition of my book Creating innovative Products and Services, I have posted a question on front-end innovation struggles to innovation practitioners in more than 20 Linkedin groups. The response was massive. I made a list of forty reasons why people struggle starting innovation in their companies in daily practice.

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