Tag Archives: Leadership

How to build effective strategy even in constant change

Strategy is More Important than Ever Many have pronounced “Strategy is dead.” Citing the speed with which new technologies are emerging and the perpetual changes to market conditions, consultants and executives alike are claiming that it is no longer possible to craft a meaningful long-term strategy. “Strategy” must be adaptable and ever-evolving. The word has become a euphemism for short-term ...

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Leveraging Your Talent for Innovation

The world is now entering the third wave of digital innovation, leveling up out of the internet & connectivity era into what the World Economic Forum is calling the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”. Since digital innovation began back in the 1980’s with the first wave – the era of personal computing – Australia, & other countries too, with some pockets of ...

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How Does Amazon Do It? Five Critical Factors That Explain Amazon’s Incredible Success

With Amazon edging towards becoming the world’s first trillion-dollar company, fresh attention is being paid to the factors that could derail its growth. The company slowed a bit this quarter, sending the stock down eleven percent. Nevertheless, this downtick should not distract from the reality that Amazon has emerged as the new model of innovation effectiveness. They are something new in ...

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The Biggest Leadership Failure that Kills Innovation

When I conducted my doctoral research between 2008 and 2010, I found that autonomy was the strongest single factor that companies and leaders control, that would positively affect employee creativity, and therefore company innovation. The opposite, bureaucracy, was found to be the strongest single factor within the company and leader’s control that would negatively affect those. In fact, the logo ...

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Mobilizing People’s Creative Energy

What if there is a way to create coherence, align people’s hearts & minds as well as build an environment that generates learning & results in organizational re-organisation & transformation? At ImagineNation™ we know that this can be done by transforming people’s cognitive dissonance into the vibrant & creative energy that makes innovation happen. Just think about how much easier ...

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The Art of Creative Conversations

We all know that you can’t innovate if you don’t collaborate, yet how do we make the time to have the creative and candid conversations that true collaboration and innovation requires? Conflicting priorities and ever-present digital media distractions constantly compete for our attention. Even when we manage to get everyone in the same room, or on the same line, it ...

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Let’s Get Real About Innovation Hurdles

This is a brief case study for meaningful & constructive conversations about why things aren’t working within our innovation efforts. — Quick intro I’m passionate about helping people take their best ideas to market, and I’m fully aware that ideas can come from anyone or anywhere. But to get to market is often a complicated process full of ambiguity and ...

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Scaling Up Startups in Corporate Settings

In recent years, an increasing intensity in collaboration between incumbent companies and startups has been observed. Meanwhile, close to 80% of corporations and startups have already been or are collaborating. The mutual – actually complementary – benefits seem pretty obvious: Benefits for startups include availability of office space, hardware, networks, support and potential funding access to market and customer base ...

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Why You Should Not Climb The Corporate Ladder

Do you think climbing the corporate ladder is the best chance for career success? Think again. One of the favorite studies I wrote about in Friend of a Friendis Adam Kleinbaum’s research on what he calls organizational misfits. We might think that the people that stick in one silo, stay in one lane, and slowly climb the corporate ladder get ...

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