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It’s Not Impossible – It Just Hasn’t Been Done Yet

N2Growth Blog

Where the absence of an outcome or a discovery exists so does a lack of creativity, critical thought, focused energy, effort and resources, and ultimately a lack of leadership. Whenever I see leaders focus on maintenance over innovation, I see people who have unnecessarily drawn the line of impossibility in the sand. By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. How many times in your career have you witnessed someone say, “that’s impossible – it simply can’t be done.”

Innovation High-Five

Mills Scofield

By Tim Kippley: Jeff Bezos, one of the planet’s greatest innovators, once said that: “You need a culture that high-fives small and innovative ideas and senior executives [that] encourage ideas.” ” The Value of Innovation at Geneca. I have long felt that companies can’t survive without innovating. During 2012, creating a process for internal innovation moved to our priority list. The Innovation Group is Born.

Why Creativity Thrives Under Constraints

Tanveer Naseer

There’s always excitement around a new project. Just about every influence on our once new and exciting project also brings a constraint. It’s enough to pull all the energy and excitement right out of us. We can lose interest or become frustrated by our once shiny new project. In many ways, constraints shape our ability to understand the problem or project at hand. It’s easy to look at constraints as the enemy of your ability to innovative.

Are you stuck in a sheep cyclone?

Survive Your Promotion

End a Failing Initiative – Sometimes a project has died but no one wants to admit it. Take a hard look at your team’s portfolio and if you identify a failed project, reboot it if it has to get done or get rid of it if it’s just wasting everyone’s time and sucking the energy out of your team.

Quiet Time: The Introvert’s 5 Keys To Influence


Take a look at the new book by this author, Quiet Influence: The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference (Berrett-Koehler, April 2013); I find myself pumping my fist and saying “yes!” These scientists and engineers develop innovative products and breakthrough ideas. Quiet time allows innovative ideas to percolate and emerge. 2. Sustain your energy. By Jennifer Kahnweiler, Ph.D.

How to Compete Like the World’s Most Innovative Leaders

Skip Prichard

Innovation Capital. And one of the most overlooked reasons for entrepreneurial failure is innovation capital. That’s why I enjoyed talking with Jeff Dyer who, along with Nathan Furr and Curtis Lefrandt, wrote a new book, Innovation Capital: How to Compete and Win Like the World’s Innovative Leaders. He offers a unique perspective on innovation and winning in the marketplace. You are teaching what separates successful innovators from those who struggle.

Being The Hare

Survive Your Promotion

The many projects and passions that I’ve been excited about over all these years have started to hang together. And in that spirit, here are 5 ways to embrace your inner hare: Try New Things – When you feel that creative spark come over you and you’re filled with energy and enthusiasm about a project, don’t talk yourself out of it, go for it! If you decide to drop a project and focus on something new, people may say you’re inconsistent.

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Happier Employees in 1 Simple Step

Survive Your Promotion

And while we can certainly condition our great team members to follow the rules, it doesn’t lead to innovation or high performance, mainly because humans are a bit more complex than dolphins when it comes to motivation. Closes the door) The TargetMart project numbers just came back – the results are horrible! If your next project results are this bad you’re fired. Manager: Pat, do you have a few minutes to talk about the TargetMart project?

Eighth Annual Hay Group Study Identifies Best Companies for Leadership

Great Leadership By Dan

Here is the press release from the Hay study: The 8 th annual Hay Group study ranks the best companies for leadership around the globe and examines how those companies nurture talent and foster innovation in their ranks. To excel in today’s highly complex and competitive business environment, the Best Companies are taking deliberate steps to develop and reward these competencies to enable their organizations to achieve operational excellence today, while driving innovation for tomorrow.”.

The most obvious, yet crucial, “thing” overlooked in leadership

Anese Cavanaugh

If you’re familiar at all with my work or my stance, you’ll know that I’m a stand for leadership and that I get to work with some of the most innovative companies and business leaders in helping them create more effective leadership and impact in the world. You’ll also know, that words like “self-care”, “energy”, “presence”, and “authenticity” infiltrate all things leadership in my book.

The Value of Vision Series – Daniel Burrus

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Futureview is your ability to project yourself into the future and then look back at your present position from that future point of view. The atmosphere crackles with an optimistic, can-do energy. Here’s the good news: the potential for real innovation, growth, and new prosperity in the United States is vastly greater than the prevailing futureview suggests. Futureview: A Roadmap for Growth and Prosperity. by Daniel Burrus.

We Lead Through Competition

Coaching Tip

Hirschman said, "This sentence admirably epitomizes several of the histories of economic development projects in recent decades. The leadership lesson is: Developing organizations, communities and countries requires more than capital and innovation. When we do not ''''allow'''' our fellow beings, then we are not in connection with the “ Source Energy ” that fuels our own creations. All life is competitive.

Instead of looking for the Problems. Start looking for the Exceptions

Mike Cardus

For example, suppose that your team keeps fighting amongst themselves and thus the project is late, over budget and poor quality. So the energy now changes to asking the team to describe what happens in detail (concrete, tangible language) what happens when they get along and accomplish their work. This is an edited repost of an idea I shared earlier. There is a false belief that the actions and behaviors we see in the present have always happened, and that they must continue.

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Team Building and Leadership in Buffalo, NY

Mike Cardus

It has allowed me to focus my energy on determining where a group is at, and what steps are important to focus on next. Additionally, the project planning materials have given me practical tools to help plan initiatives into small, practical steps. The use of a project charter, team planning worksheet, QQTR and The Team Performance model has enabled our team to hone our ability to manage projects effectively and productively.

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 7 of 7

Strategy Driven

I don’t have enough energy for this, and it is never going to stop. When leaders are willing to make the shift away from bureaucratic work styles and structures, develop listening as a key management competence, generate cultures that welcome innovation, and build systems and processes that support this new way of working, their people will once again experience meaning and purpose in their working lives. Silent Killer #6: Modern Indentured Servitude.

MindSpin: Team Building Activity for Brainstorming and Solution-Finding

Mike Cardus

The energy and ideas quickly increased and by the end of round 2, we had piles of ideas. Leading to successful results in retention of staff talent, increased satisfaction with work, increased collaboration and information sharing within and between departments, increased accountability of success and failures, increased knowledge transfer, increased trust as well as speed of project completion and decision making of Leaders, Teams and Organizations.

How To Balance Strategy & Creativity To Move Your Ideas Forward

Ron Edmondson

As a creative young businessman, I initiated many projects that eventually ran off the rails. This corresponds to tactical changes you make, not by abandoning what you have been doing, but by simply adding more energy to something you are already doing. 10 Random Ideas To Encourage Innovation. Innovation Leadership This is a guest post by Brian Church. Brian is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of a Consulting Firm called Ambassadors International.

The Psychology Of A Company Leader

Tim Milburn

Successful business leaders know how to keep moral high during the daily and sometimes mundane essential work that needs to be done to reach goals and finish projects efficiently and effectively. A business leader may choose to do a forensic analysis of a failed project so that mistakes aren’t repeated in the future. In fact, healthy business leaders use their failures to motivate their teams to be smarter and more innovative as they strive for success.

Why Your Innovation Team Needs a Lawyer

Harvard Business

Then the lawyers step in, ask questions, and kill the project — or reduce it to a shadow of its potential. A leading professional services firm signed up 1,000 people to Slack groups before confidentiality lawyers closed down the project because it was cloud-based. Time was wasted, energy was depleted, and the mood shifted from possibility to pessimism. Ironically, not including lawyers in the collaborative process perpetuates the idea that they smother innovation.

Who's the Best at Innovating Innovation?

Harvard Business Review

Most companies put innovation at the top of their agendas. But how many devote the energy and resources it takes to build innovation into the values, processes, and practices that rule everyday activity and behavior? Not many, as we argued when we launched the Innovating Innovation Challenge in October. Of course, it's variety and the daring to be different that produces game-changing innovation. Unleashing Inclusive Innovation at Cisco.

Emerging-Market Engineers Power Global Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Recently, Thomson-Reuters published its latest list of the Top 100 Global Innovators honoring the leading organizations and companies most responsible for sizeable, influential patents worldwide. From this list, some readers may infer that innovation is largely the realm of engineers and scientists working in developed countries for large companies, assuming that innovators from countries such as India and China don''t matter after all. Global business Innovation

Avoid the Deadly Temptations that Derail Innovators

Harvard Business Review

Any promising new initiative — a stand-alone business venture or an innovation in an established organization — hits roadblocks and unexpected obstacles. Recently I''ve advised entrepreneurs and innovators about a different, seemingly better, dilemma: pop-up opportunities that look like short cuts to success. In this story, that giant sucking sound you hear is the draining of time and energy from the core business by tempting almost-related opportunities.

The Surprising Power of Business Experiments

Skip Prichard

When I published my first book Experimentation Matters: Unlocking the Potential of New Technologies of Innovation in 2003, I made a prediction: digital experimentation tools not only had the potential to revolutionize a company’s R&D, but they could also transform entire industries by shifting experimentation—and thus innovation—to users and customers. These, in turn, have given us modern medicine, food, energy, transportation, communication, and so much more. Experiment.

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Why Large Companies Struggle With Business Model Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Innovation success stories are all strikingly similar: a bright idea, supported by a zealot-innovator who sees it through. This is especially true for business model innovations — when the new idea is not a product, service, or technology but a different way of engaging with the customers and earning revenue from them. Unlike other innovations, implementing a business model innovation often requires changes that affect multiple parts of the organizations.

Can Technology End Poverty?

Harvard Business Review

That's easier said than done in a world where most product innovations are geared toward the rich. The project depended on sufficient demand from farmers, which depended on ensuring they had access to high-yield seeds, fertilizer, and pesticides. In that regard, social entrepreneurs should heed the following: Invest in local innovation. They're often experts at jugaad, the Hindi word for "frugal innovation."

The Imperatives of an Organization Built for Speed

Harvard Business Review

If one head was cut off, two rapidly grew in its place before another head could be cut off — an energy-sapping disappointment for any opponent trying to overcome it. With an explosion of stickies, you know that either the task allocator (a project manager) is not breaking down the task into a meaningful two-week chunk, or the doer (a low rung employee or a high rung decision maker etc) is not able to complete the task, or perhaps there are other dependencies, etc.

Creating a Great Rest of Your Life

Marshall Goldsmith

Today, if people have the ambition and energy to achieve great success in any field, it’s unlikely that this ambition and energy will just stop when they reach 65. One investment banker is still at the bank, but is now working exclusively on projects that make the world a better place. Dr. Marshall Goldsmith was selected as one of the 10 Most Influential Management Thinkers in the World by Thinkers50 in both 2011 and 2013. Innovation Leadership

Meet Your New R&D Team: Social Entrepreneurs

Harvard Business Review

The smartest minds in social innovation are increasingly committed to engaging with the private sector to make significant changes in areas like health, education, and poverty. As Steve Davis, former lead in McKinsey's Social Innovation practice and president of the global health NGO, Path, has said: "The best social innovations are not necessarily widely adopted. The Innovation Continuum. Social innovation initiatives provide permission to "break the rules.".

Don't Wait for Change

Harvard Business Review

Offering not much more than the chance to make a difference (and travel expenses) his line up eventually included Fast-Company Founder Bill Taylor ; Saul Kaplan , who runs the Business Innovation Factory in Providence; Whitney Johnson , founding partner of Rose Park Advisors; Lara Lee, the Chief Innovation and Operating Officer of Continuum; and a dozen others (including me). Identify all the reasons why you can't do this little project, and then do it anyway.

Jump-Start Your Company Goals

Harvard Business Review

They launch new organizational structures, put key people into new positions, set stretch goals for business units, start up new projects, and use leadership off-sites to coordinate planning. Then, based on your answer to this question, engage your team and others in a rapid-cycle, high-energy innovation process — to quickly test ideas for making and sustaining the needed shift. Change management Innovation Motivation

Behind China's Roaring Solar Industry

Harvard Business Review

Wednesday, Bloomberg reported that Chinese solar stocks had soared based on market expectations that demand in China for alternative energy will increase given the Chinese government's increasing solar capacity targets. Earlier this week, China's National Energy Administration announced its intention to add 10 gigawatts of solar power capacity in 2013 , more than twice its current level. China has also begun offering subsidies for rooftop solar projects.

It's Time to Retire 'Crap Circles'

Harvard Business Review

See, we invest our profits in innovation to create delightful products that customers buy — which generate profits that we invest in innovation!" This may be a good model from a consultancy's standpoint — when a client's projects end, they start again — but if you're paying the tab, you probably want the project to actually end when it's terminated. Every time I encounter a crap circle my heart sinks.

Making #GivingTuesday a Movement

Harvard Business Review

With every project, they are spreading the word through their networks, and the connection to #GivingTuesday becomes more valuable. Everyone connected with #GivingTuesday is happy to see excitement growing as our next big day –December 3, 2013 – grows near. At the same time, we know a new movement requires constant infusions of fresh energy to build its momentum. Encourage innovations on the theme. The second #GivingTuesday will happen on December 3, 2013.

C'mon, IT Leaders. Take a Chance!

Harvard Business Review

As a result, in recent years, innovative ideas have been stifled and entire industries have fallen into the death spiral of cost/price cutting commoditization. Instead of risk = bad, leaders need to understand that today, calculated risk = innovation, meeting marketplace demands, leapfrogging competition and creating true profit. Risk is a necessary feature of innovation. Almost half of IT projects run over budget and about 56 percent deliver less value than predicted.

The Dangerous Tension Between CMOs and CIOs

Harvard Business Review

Potential buyers simply don''t have the time or energy to do business with a company that makes things harder for them. CMOs do not believe they are getting fast enough turnaround on projects and adequate quality from the IT departments. Business is largely about competition and, even within organizations, a healthy dose of rivalry between colleagues can be a good thing.


Cutting Costs Without Cutting Corners: Lessons from Banner Health

Harvard Business Review

Instead of imposing cuts and process redesigns from the top down, Banner’s leaders wanted physicians and administrators, practice groups of line managers from different facilities, and department managers and staff to work together to find innovative solutions that would simultaneously enhance patient experience, clinical quality, and financial sustainability. All of Banner’s C-suite leaders served on the leadership team for the G&A project. Leading Health Care Innovation.

Get Your Budget Ready for the Upturn

Harvard Business Review

Most budgets for 2013 were made in 2012, when the prevailing economic outlook was grim. The shifting energy equation, for example, sets the stage for growth. Shale gas will allow the US to be energy independent, create an export industry, and reduce energy costs. The societal factors that have made America strong in the past continue today: its diversity, thirst for innovation, entrepreneurship, and institutional support for risk taking.

The New Kind of Worker Every Business Needs

Harvard Business Review

Most of us think of biotech as the province of multinational pharmaceutical corporations and well-funded ventures, but the founders of BioCurious believe (as they say in their mission statement) "that innovations in biology should be accessible, affordable, and open to everyone." Given that energized innovators like these are disrupting many existing products, and the business models behind them, you can feel threatened by them.

Why Europe's Carbon Woes Matter to the Whole World

Harvard Business Review

Europe''s $100 billion carbon market, an innovative force in the powerful carbon-reduction approach known as cap and trade, has ceased to function the way it''s supposed to. The resulting chaos in Europe''s energy and environmental policies is threatening carbon-reduction initiatives in Australia, Asia, and elsewhere. This has drastically reduced the incentives for them to invest in or deploy clean-energy technologies or to modernize their energy-infrastructure assets.

Collaboration is the New Competition

Harvard Business Review

Often, this means thinking beyond individual projects to whole solutions and big, bold ideas. Adapt to data : The complex, multidisciplinary problems that many collaborative projects tackle do not have easy fixes. These challenges require continuous learning and innovation and the use of real-time data to help participants understand what is and isn't working.

Don't Hire Entrepreneurs; Hire Entrepreneurial Spirit

Harvard Business Review

I've worked with a wide range of clients as a consultant and have seen too many companies hire employees they thought were top talent, only to watch them spend company time on personal passions and then walk out the door when their side projects were ready to launch. They're interested in gaining experience in general, rather than in gaining access to specific tools they can use as stepping stones to the realization of their own pet projects.

Why Kids — and Workers — Need to Get Their Hands Dirty

Harvard Business Review

The first solution is problematic since competitive advantage in manufactured products often stems from design, and out-sourcing can endanger the retention of core capabilities and limit innovation. The second solution requires time and energy but we would argue that it’s worth the investment. The “Opportunities for New Engineers” program’s most ambitious project, however, is to Build, Certify and Fly (BCnF) a Glasair Super II airplane. Children in the U.S.

Have a Real Impact; Keep Your Day Job

Harvard Business Review

Some innovative and determined professionals working in world's largest and most complex corporations are choosing to stay put and use their corporate platforms to lead change. In the First Mover Fellowship Program at the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program, we have a chance to work with exceptional social intrapreneurs in businesses around the world and to study the innovations they are piloting in their companies.