What is Design Thinking?

If you’re a businessperson or someone interested in understanding how to facilitate innovation, you’ve probably heard of “design thinking” by now. Coined by IDEO’s David Kelley, the term refers to a set of principles, from mindset to process, that can be applied to solve complex problems. I’ve seen articles lately ranging from those that highlight its potential, [Design Thinking for ...

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Keeping Employees Informed – A Step-by-Step Guide

In my last blog, I talked about the importance of communicating your strategic planning framework to employees at all levels of the organization. And not just once, but over and over again so that people never lose sight of the goals. I also noted that most employees prefer to hear this information directly from their boss or manager. But face-to-face ...

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Value Creation: The Ultimate Goal of Innovation

Why innovate? Some would argue that companies innovate to achieve a heightened competitive advantage, streamline the organization, or create intellectual property – including patents, trademarks and other protected property – that create value in the portfolio. Many reasons and rationales can be argued for the pursuit of innovation. Yet no purpose for or result from innovation can be more compelling ...

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True Test of a First Rate Innovator

Tom Peters used to remind executives that it mattered little what they proclaimed to be their top priorities. Instead, the “In Search of Excellence” co-author advised looking at your calendar to reveal your main concerns, because that is where you are spending your time. I thought of Peters’ admonition when reading IBM’s recently-released study of 2500 chief information officers. The ...

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Innovation? – Just Do It

I’m constantly amazed by all the talk about innovation that I hear within many organizations, and how little real action is taken. It’s time, my friends, to gird up your loins and take action. Let’s borrow the motto from Nike and decide to “Just Do It.” If you are waiting for the sign from above (by that I mean your ...

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Org Chart Kool Aid

Since Organizational theory is a hot topic these days, I thought I’d poke a bit of fun at that old corporate tradition that is the Organization Chart. Over the years I’ve seen every type of org chart in existence. Some have come and gone only to come again. Every year or two the latest revolutionary thinking in corporate organizational theory ...

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10 Signs That Innovation Will Fail

What are the signs that innovation in a company is set up to fail? It would be great to have a checklist, but unfortunately innovation is too complicated and company-specific to employ a standard checklist for this. However, we can share our insights on this and help each other become better at spotting the signs of failure. Thus I have ...

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Part 2 – Three Innovation Distinctions

In the first part of this series, I wrote why you should focus on challenges, not ideas. You should read that article before proceeding. In this second entry, I will focus on “Process, not Events.” I first shared these three distinctions with a bunch of speakers and authors. In the speaking industry, conferences/conventions are the primary model for professional development. ...

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