Four Myths About Empowering Change

We live in a transformational age. Powerful technologies like the cloud and artificial intelligence are quickly shifting what it means to compete. Social movements like #MeTo are exposing decades of misdeeds and rewriting norms. The stresses of modern life are creating new expectations about the relationship between work and home. Every senior manager and entrepreneur I talk to understands the ...

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Make Life Easy for Your Customers

Companies that have products want to improve them year-on-year. This year’s must be better than last year’s. For selfish reasons, we like to improve cost, speed and quality. Cost reduction drops profit directly to the bottom line. Increased speed reduces overhead (less labor per unit) and increases floor space productivity (more through the factory). Improved quality reduces costs. And for ...

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5 Ways to Fall Asleep, Beat Insomnia and Boost Creativity

In an always-on culture sleep has become a luxury. Yet, Alzheimer’s, shortened lifespan, and poor brain function have all be attributed to poor sleep habits. Here’s how you can change that. We live in an always-on world–hyperconnected, overloaded with information, and addicted to our screens, especially the smartphone soulmates that are constantly begging for our attention. We can joke about ...

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The Long Sleep: Innovative Product Gestation

You could call it hibernation, but that’s too kind. You could call it neglect, yet some are working on it pushing the proverbial boulder up the corporate mountain. To be kind, let’s simply call it The Long Sleep. This condition happens inside organizations when an innovation concept bounces along internally for a long time without launching. Let’s say the concept ...

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Why hire physician intrapreneurs… and what to do with them once you have.

Surthriving in the brave new world of sickcare requires not just a new playbook, but players with new skill sets to execute the plans. Knowledge technicians are as obsolete as an NFL team with a running game but without a passing and special teams plan. Unfortunately, HR managers are getting it wrong. But, do you know how to recruit for creativity and imagination? What ...

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Obratori, one-stop shopping for startups: incubation services, and funding

Amaury Godron is General Manager of OBRATORI, L’OCCITANE Innovation Lab, and Managing Partner of LOG Investment, L’OCCITANE Venture Fund. There are some Startups Studios on the market, but OBRATORI differs from them as being a Corporate Startups Studio (more similar to Kamet by Axa): it was created by L’OCCITANE Group to let external startups soar out of its incubation. OBRATORI ...

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