Tag Archives: Leadership

Mentoring Is the Secret to Innovation Say Silicon Valley’s Top VCs and Entrepreneurs

Mentoring transforms big ideas into high-impact innovations. Having worked with dozens of the Fortune 1000 companies, coached startups, and founded three companies, I can say there’s a universal truth when it comes to innovation:  big ideas are just ideas until they deliver real value to the world. That’s why just about every venture capitalist, entrepreneur, corporate innovator and university researcher is searching for the ...

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Strategic and Systemic Alignment – why they really matter

In my early days at Compass Learning, I designed and delivered a wide range of top team strategic alignment and development programs. Where the focus was on enabling and empowering team members to metaphorically “sing from the same song sheet” – by agreeing to and articulating a common purpose, clarifying roles and goals and driving mutual accountability. Also, by establishing, ...

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Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2019

Building upon the success of Braden Kelley’s Blogging Innovation, we launched Innovation Excellence on August 1, 2011 and so 2019 was our eighth full year of operations. To celebrate we’ve pulled together the Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2019 from our archive of nearly 7,500 innovation-related articles from more than 400 contributing authors. Click the link if you missed the ...

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3 Reasons Why Your Brainstorms Suck

Brainstorms are important and an easy way to get everybody together to collaborate, discuss, debate, and ultimately, innovate. But sometimes, you come out of them feeling as if you didn’t get the ideas that you needed, or that the same ideas were being rehashed, or that it was a complete waste of time. So, why do your brainstorms suck, and ...

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The Zero Challenge – Becoming Climate Neutral

Using green energy is one way to reduce your carbon footprint

The topic of this post is a bit different from what I write about, but just as important. For as long as humanity’s been around, innovators have always been creating the future. As a result, we’ve made tremendous progress and changed our world for the better in so many ways. However, these innovations have also led to some unanticipated and undesirable ...

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The Window of Corporate Innovation Opportunity

One issue has been on my mind for quite some time. Let me share with you a key learning from my innovation work in and with diverse companies over the years. It can be termed pretty catchy as: Window of Corporate Opportunity. In brief, this notion can be delineated as follows: Sustainable, effective and impactful corporate innovation is all about right timing ...

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Innovation Maturity Matrix – A Model to Successful Innovation Transformation

With 80% of executives considering their businesses to be at risk for being disrupted in the near future, they are under tremendous pressure to transform their organizations towards becoming more innovative. However, any organizational change, let alone a major transformation, is always very difficult to implement successfully. In this post, we’ll look into some of the lessons we’ve learned from helping our ...

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What Do Top Corporate Innovators Get Right?

Speed of innovation

In our line of work, we get to talk with hundreds of leaders around the globe, and from virtually every industry. Most of them seem to intuitively understand the importance of innovation, but there’s still a lot of fluff, ambiguity and uncertainty regarding innovation as a topic. As a result, most leaders aren’t seeing the results they were expecting for from innovation. Given that ...

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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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