Innovation: Don’t flirt if you don’t mean business

“This has been the most energized, inspired day in my long career here,” proclaimed a Senior Director of R&D of a durable goods company, “but it will be a complete waste of time if the company doesn’t launch any of these products or services.” His comments resounded with prophetic pomp, a sad vocal thunder. Everyone knew the truth about which ...

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Cooperation in Teams: What skills do you need to create cooperative teams?

Hi, my name is Sari van Poelje, I’m an expert in agile, innovative design. I fly around the world helping businesses innovate as quickly as they innovate their products. One of the questions I’m often asked is, “What skills do you need for cooperation and especially to create cooperative teams?”Well, we just said, the first skill is contracting. The second is ...

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Where are the Entrepreneurial Lawyers?

I recently found myself in a room filled with in house healthcare lawyers. I was the only doc, let alone physician entrepreneur, there. After the usual full contact schmoozing, tasty morsels and open bar, two lawyers from large hospital systems answered some questions and made comments about the issues and opportunties these folks face as sick care quickly changes. Dealing ...

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Developing Collaborative Leadership Styles

With a new Australian government recently in place, it raises key questions around the impact of collaborative, autocratic or competitive leadership styles. This caused many voters, like myself, to question what leadership style might be best for our country’s future? Is it a leader who runs a presidential style campaign, operating from an “I” or a singular perspective, or is ...

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Breaking Out of the Bubble 

Anyone can get caught in a bubble – it happens without you realising it. And even if you notice, it can be hard to escape. I remember one CEO telling me that his big worry was isolation. Not emotional isolation, but isolation from real information. He felt stuck at the end of a corridor, in a corner office, and found ...

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Spring Lab: Instilling a Startup Mindset into Large Corporations

1) What is the mission (the reason why, la raison d’être) of Spring Lab, its value proposition, and its main line of services (acceleration devices, learning expeditions, collective intelligence workshop, innov-athons, bootcamp) ? In a highly competitive world with constantly changing ways and growing customer expectations, your company crucially needs to think and innovate to set itself apart. But how do companies ...

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Why is it so hard to do the right thing?

We have a crisis in entrepreneurial character. and doctors are not exempt. Justifiable suspicions of physician entrepreneurs result when the halo is cast over the profession by those who commit fraud, double-deal, or don’t prioritize the patient’s interest above others. They can’t reconcile the ethics of medicine with the ethics of business. The hall of shame adds new members on an almost daily basis, ...

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