innovation

Innovation Starts—and Ends—with Mindset

In her bestselling book Mindset, psychologist Carol Dweck argues that people who see their skills as a fixed set of strengths and weaknesses tend not to achieve much. On the other hand, those that see their skills as dynamic and changeable are able to continually grow their abilities and soar to great heights.

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Save Your Job!

INNOVATE THE FUTURE WITH A FOCUS ON THE CUSTOMER JOB

Your job is being threatened! And it’s not cheap labor or outsourcing that poses the greatest threat. No, the greatest threat is that your job will simply disappear because a company from outside your industry transforms the market by helping your customers get their job(s) done in a radically new and better way.

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How Many Current Fortune 500s Are Really Ready for the Future? How Many Industries Can Survive?

It would be a devastating mistake of executives to believe that their organizations are well prepared for what’s coming; that the shift of their current management thinking is just another phase of a cycle of looking outward and inward, or a natural evolution of industries. 

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Want To Be a Game Changer?

Everyone is searching for a game changer. In a dorm, a basement, a bedroom, a lab, a hip co-working office space or a tiny start-up, someone, somewhere is just beginning to really give shape to an idea they’ve had for a while. 

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Innovation Is the Only True Way To Create Value

In The Outsiders, William Thorndike argues that the most essential skill for a manager is capital allocation. To prove his point, he profiles CEOs such as Henry Singleton of Teledyne and John Malone of TCI who, while not household names, achieved outsized returns by wisely deploying their firm’s resources.

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Encouraging Innovation-Driven Dialogue as a CEO

It’s surprising how often CEOs and their boards make decisions that defy the three most important inputs that drive strategy creation:  

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The Best Way To Innovate Is To Do It with Purpose

In a column in The New York Times as well as in a popular, David Brooks has pointed out the conflict between resume virtues and eulogy virtues. Resume virtues, he says, are the ones that are prized by the marketplace, while eulogy virtues are those which fortify inner being, that of ourselves and others.

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Why Amazon Wins | Innovate the Core, Innovate to Transform

Take a look at your organization’s innovation projects. Are you strategically balancing your efforts between the core business and future growth areas?

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16 Metrics for Tracking Collaborative Innovation Performance

In a recent PwC survey, 61% of CEOs said innovation was a key priority for their company (pdf). The only surprising result there is that it wasn’t 100%. Innovation efforts come in a variety of forms: innovation and design labs, jobs-to-be-done analysis, corporate venturing, distributed employee experiments, open innovation, TRIZ, etc.

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Moving at the Speed of Innovation

Do you think that the speed of innovation is too fast for your customers? or just right? Do you know how your customers feel about the pace?

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