Innovation Requires Structure

Kevin Eikenberry

This is the third Wednesday in a row I’ve written about innovation. Ask most people what they think about when they consider creativity and innovation, and most likely [.]. Creativity Innovation Leadership Learning Manage Projects Personal Development Idea problem solving

The June 3rd, 2013 Leadership Development Carnival

Great Leadership By Dan

Welcome to the June 3rd, 2013 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! In this post I’ll share 3 misconceptions entrepreneurs and business leaders should be aware when starting a company but also when starting a bigger project.

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Why Are 2013 Graduates Considered Unprepared?

Chart Your Course

While the National Center for Education Statistics is projecting nearly 1.8 Meanwhile, of the hiring managers that are looking at 2013 graduates, the majority only plans to hire one or two this year. via Why Are 2013 Graduates Considered Unprepared? By Ashley Bowers.

What is Your Innovation Style?

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Shoya Zichy: Innovation is critical to an organization''s growth and competitive advantage. If you chose more items on the left, your inborn styles is that of a "structured" innovator. If you chose more items on the right you are an "adaptable" innovator.

Education? Innovation? Do – Learn – Do – Learn

Lead Change Blog

Victor’s Leap Year Project “Masters Program” is the wave of the future. “My work with students and the building project made me curious about further education in business, design, and social impact. Posted in Light Your World Self Leadership [link] Aron Solomon introduced me to Victor Saad and that was all it took. Victor has hacked his MBA and learned more than he would have in school.

10 Practices That Drive Innovation


Innovation means more than just new products or services. Perhaps my favorite definition of innovation is Scott Berkun’s : “Innovation is significant positive change.”. Promote Innovation as an Organizational Value. Tie Compensation to Innovation.

2013 Trends and The Power of Women

Women on Business

I was recently asked to think about how 2013 trends will impact women in the work force and how women will impact the trends. Could I see the future as a projection of the strides I’ve been able to make, similar to what other women in business have done?

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

N2Growth Blog

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.

Leaders Get The Innovation They Deserve


[Editor's Note: This piece is adapted from Max's book The Truth About Innovation.]. He adopted a style that was playful and bold, holding informal staff lunches – not to grill them on numbers and projects but to liberate creativity. It provided an audience for innovation.

Education? Innovation? Do - Learn - Do - Learn

Mills Scofield

Victor’s Leap Year Project “Masters Program” is the wave of the future. My work with students and the building project made me curious about further education in business, design, and social impact. Aron Solomon introduced me to Victor Saad and that was all it took.

What are You Feeding?

Kevin Eikenberry

Innovation Leadership Learning Manage Projects Personal Development Quotations Solving Problems opportunity Stephen Covey Last Friday, I featured a quotation from this great author. Today, another one from him.

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3 Reasons You Should Ask Your Team More Questions

Lead Change Blog

Author information Mary Prescott Community Manager at WorkZone - Web based Project Management Software Mary Prescott is working as a community manager at WorkZone – A web-based project management software company. Leadership Development Innovation insight Strategy

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Innovating Higher-Education

Mills Scofield

You can read more of his thoughts on MOOCs in Stanford Social Innovation Review as well. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~. BIF Brown University Education Higher-Ed Innovation Leadership Student-Led Education

Favorites of 2013–Team Building and Leadership Images Used in Presentations & Workshops

Mike Cardus

With the end of the year approaching, this week is great to share some of my favorites of 2013. Favorite Images Used in Workshops and Presentations 2013. If you consistently overload your best people with “important projects” three things might happen. Enabling Innovation.

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.

061: The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Leaders Generate Great Ideas | with David Burkus

Engaging Leader

Creativity is the starting point for all innovation, and most organizations rely on innovation to create a competitive advantage. Innovation is necessary for the successful development and implementation of new programs or better products.

Building readiness to be your best

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development “After Tessa got away with simply saying I’m working on project xyz in the daily readout session I started doing the same. Connect with Jane on her LeadBIG blog , Braithwaite Innovation Group or @thehrgoddess on Twitter.

Booknotes: 16 quotes from Die Empty

Leading Blog

Emptying yourself of your best work isn’t just about checking off tasks on your to-do list; it’s about making steady, critical progress each day on the projects that matter, in all areas of life. If assumptions weren’t challenged, innovation would cease. Creativity & Innovation

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. He offers a unique perspective on innovation and winning in the marketplace. You are teaching what separates successful innovators from those who struggle.

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. We can lose interest or become frustrated by our once shiny new project. The following is a guest piece by David Burkus.

How To Embrace Change In Today’s Organizations

Tanveer Naseer

It’s a pattern of behaviour we’re seeing at work in some of the most innovative organizations today, where they understand that these changes are a signal that they need to adapt how they operate or risk getting left behind.

4 Design Thinking Tools for Engaging Your Team

Leading Blog

All of that data, cleverly applied, will extend your team''s ability to boost its operational and innovative performance. Where problems lurk unnoticed How well do you really understand how your team executes a typical project from day one to very end?

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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.

The Time is Now to Become an Entrepreneur

Mills Scofield

Ilan , Founder of The Founder Project , is no exception and I can''t wait for The Founder Project to come stateside! And, it’s resulting in innovation and economic growth. I met Ilan Saks through my education entrepreneur guru Aron Solomon who has never steered me wrong.

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.

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. Focus on the People – The best part for me about a new project or idea is the new people it brings me in contact with. photo credit: wolfpix.

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Motivate with a Memorable “Vision Phrase” that Matters

Michael Lee Stallard

The foundation is projected to touch the lives of 50,000 children by 2014. Our vision at E Pluribus Partners is “unlocking productivity and innovation for good.”. When you communicate a memorable vision phrase that matters, the people you lead will be more motivated to help achieve it.

Five Ways Leaders Turns Doubters into Doers

Chart Your Course

Effective June 2013, all employees were required to work in the office. Innovation has always been what makes good businesses great. And innovation does not happen without change and risk. This past February Yahoo!’s s fledgling CEO Marissa Mayer made her first misstep.

Leadership Caffeine-5 Priceless Lessons from Amundsen and Scott

Management Excellence

In preparation for an upcoming presentation, I’ve become a bit obsessed with studying the 1910 expeditions and race between Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott to 90-degrees South (the South Pole).

Current Method / Better Way Matrix Team Building Activity

Mike Cardus

Team Project tool to create shared language of progress & regress. Innovation tool. Can break inertia (stuckness) in how your project team operates. The team facilitator I recommend the team leader / Project Manager documents the responses on flipchart paper.

Great Quotes: Luc de Brabandere on Change, Innovation and Perceptions


Great Quotes Improvement & Development Leadership Leading Change change change management Innovation managing change Perception When we encounter a change, we first perceive ourselves in a changed situation.

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28 Leadership Development Recommendations for your Individual Development Plan

Great Leadership By Dan

In an organizational setting this applies equally, where people empower themselves through creativity, innovation and superior customer service.”. We give a lot of lip service to creativity and innovation, in particular how leaders can "unleash" creativity in their organization.

Hackers and Hummingbirds: Leadership Lessons from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Terry Starbucker

At Facebook, allegiance to the hacker way permeates every aspect of the business, from product innovation to organizational structure to management and training.

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5 Leadership Lessons: The Manager and the Monk

Leading Blog

A leadership culture also has to be fun, and it must promote meaningfulness and innovation, regardless of how close to the wind you may sail sometimes. I realize that I must protect myself against such projections, for they are not good for me. If I were to identify myself with these projections, I would become blind to my weaknesses and would come to a standstill.

The Myths of Creativity: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

As I worked my way through Burkus’ lively and eloquent narrative, I was also keenly interested in his discussion Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s insights relevant to incubation in Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention (1997): “Once the incubation stage has run its course, which could be a few days or several years, it should […].

A Crisis is a Terrible Thing to Waste


[Editor's Note: This post is adapted from Max's book The Truth About Innovation.]. Such turning points force a choice between inertia and innovation. Waiting for a real crisis to drive innovation may not allow enough time or resources for new ideas to save the company.

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Four FREE Giveaways for Early Adopters


A FREE 30-minute Audio Interview with Jennifer Anastasof f, the CEO of Fuse Corps, a nonprofit featured in the book for its work creating social innovation through cross-sector partnerships. Innovation burkus myths of creativity

The Most Overused Word in Business

In the CEO Afterlife

Innovative. Tim Cook and Steve Jobs before him were adamant in saying “no” to thousands of projects so that they could focus on the few that were truly meaningful to Apple. Strategy has to be one of the most misused words in business.

How to use Measurement to Manage Like a Pro

Lead on Purpose

It’s easy to lose sight of “people” thanks to the inordinate focus on specifics, business goals, projects, and deadlines. Mary Prescott is working as a community manager at WorkZone – A web-based project management software company. Innovation Leadership measure metrics Guest post by Mary Prescott. I’m sure you’ve heard statements like these before: “My team is exceptionally strong. They seem to be doing well”. “We’ve We’ve been improving.

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The Art of Science

Mills Scofield

I have this thing about Blue Lobsters, seeing them in Maine and as a metaphor for innovation in that this rare phenotype results from serendipity and random collisions of genes. Art Blue Lobster Brown University Coelacanth Haeckel Innovation Project Gombessa RCUS STEAM STEM Science

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Scott Berkun on “What To Do When Things Go Wrong”

First Friday Book Synopsis

In Making Ideas Happen: Mastering Project Management (O’Reilly Media 2008), Scott Berkun provides an abundance of information, insights, and counsel on how to master project management, whatever the nature and extent of a project may be.

Carefrontation — The Ultimate Leadership Trait

Great Leadership By Dan

As a new project manager at Hewlett Packard I found that I interacted with a lot of brilliant people, many of who had been conditioned by higher learning institutions to compete rather than collaborate.

Playing with Words: No More Buts!

Great Leadership By Dan

In a world where innovation is crucial, leaders need to do a better job of listening and building on the ideas of others. An example: “Mary, I love your idea to write a story for our newsletter on the team’s new R&D project.