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Six Levers for Solving the Corporate Innovation Problem™ – Part 1

Despite large and growing investments in innovation, results remain disappointing. We call this "The corporate innovation problem”, and in a 3-part article series, we dig deeper into this problem and find that there are actually two root causes for it. We focus on one of the root causes – the “system problem” – and work out six levers of improvement.

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Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

Changing your perspective is a very valuable tool for understanding a situation better and avoiding false views. Reflecting on a situation in a new way is a great way to solve a problem. But how do we cultivate the ability to look at things differently from the way we typically look at things?

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You Can’t Saw People in Half

When there’s a big job, you’re taught to break it into a series of sub tasks, sequence them, and go after them with vigor. When there are different types of work within a job, you’re taught to break down the work into related bits of work, assign specialists, and take them on with the utmost efficiency. When there’s a big problem, you’re taught to break it into mini problems, solve them one at a time, and then recombine. This works sometimes, but more often than not, it doesn’t.

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