Tag Archives: Psychology

Drive Out Fear for innovation to Flow

The primary impediment to innovation is fear, and the prime directive of any innovation system should be to drive out fear. A culture of accountability, implemented poorly, can inject fear and deter innovation. When the team is accountable to deliver on a project but are constrained to a fixed scope, a fixed launch date and resources, they will be afraid. ...

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5 Psychological Traits of Highly Innovative Organizations

When creating an innovation team, we often put a lot of thought and effort into bringing the right functional expertise together. Making sure we have diverse marketing, design, engineering, product supply, finance, research and innovation working together early in the process is certainly smart. But for a team to deliver big, disruptive ideas that will have separation and longevity versus competition, ...

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To Succeed You Must Hit Rock Bottom First

None of us ask for life’s greatest challenges, but that doesn’t mean we can’t benefit from them. I’m going to ask you to recollect what you consider to be your greatest challenge to date. Not one that simply stretched your mind but one that drained your soul. Got it? Good. If it’s not one you’re going through right now then ...

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How Mental Models Drive Strategy the Wrong Way

Ideas fuel business. They drive how we respond to customer problems and leverage market opportunities. The right idea can make a business work and, over time, our successes become ingrained in our mental models. The opposite is also true. If we begin with the wrong mental model, important problems become impossible to solve. Consider the labor participation rate for prime ...

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How Playgrounds Crush Innovation and What to Do About It

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  Disruption, strategic initiatives, and bleeding edge technology are just a few of the buzzwords business leaders spout to demonstrate their commitment to innovation. This sincere intention is not always matched by the ability to foster innovation. A momentary return to childhood offers insights into why innovation is often lauded but rarely achieved. How the New Child’s Play Inhibits Innovation ...

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The One Thing You Should Never Try To Outrun

Evolution has wired us to run from our fear, but that’s often the last thing you should be doing. According to conservationinstitute.org the 10 fastest animals are the: Peregrine Falcon, Frigate Bird, Sail Fish, Cheetah, Pronghorn Antelope, Blue Wildebeest, Lion, and Thomson’s Gazelle. But what if I were to tell you can outrun any of these animals? Ridiculous, right? Yet, ...

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Innovating for Mind, Body and Soul

We all know that we need to capture both the hearts and minds of the consumer if we want an innovation to be successful.  That logic alone does not always sell is clear from the science of psychology, which tells us that emotions play a crucial role in most, if not all consumer decisions.  And for many of us, myself ...

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The Biggest Risk You’ll Ever Take

Hint: It’s not what you think it is. Are you a gambler? The answer might surprise you. Risk is part of being an entrepreneur. You are accustomed to taking risks, otherwise you wouldn’t be contemplating or running your own business, right? Well, perhaps, but it has to do with how you define risk and where you see its origins. My ...

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How to Be a Happy Innovator

Patricia Hempl has written The Art of the Wasted Day. In it, she posits that the founding fathers didn’t do us a favor when they charged us with the pursuit of happiness. Psychologists, authors and philosophers, you see, have been telling us for 2000 years that the first and most important key to finding happiness may be the most difficult for many ...

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