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 Because it is important to us, personally and professionally. Today’s title might have you scratching your head, which is fine with me. Read on. .

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. original in their ideas, their creative and innovative thoughts go beyond. You''ve heard of "speed dating"? Well, here''s your monthly dose of "speed leadership development". 30 leadership bloggers in 90 minutes.

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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. To learn more about using job benchmarking in your hiring process, read “Human Resources CAN Innovate with TTI’s Job Benchmarking System.”. via Why Are 2013 Graduates Considered Unprepared? The post Why Are 2013 Graduates Considered Unprepared? By Ashley Bowers.

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.

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. You contribute by organizing the new projects and developing efficient systems that ensure the work or product is completed with precision and accuracy. Structured" innovators are known for conserving resources and establishing the procedures necessary for long-term success.

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.”. Recently, the Institute for Corporate Productivity published a study surveying some of the top companies and people in the fields of management and innovation. In summarizing their findings, here are 10 human capital practices that drive innovation: Use Technology to Collaborate and Share Knowledge.

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. The question led to several incredible conversations around creative projects, personal goals, family events, and community endeavors. I gave my self-made experiential education and the community project a title: The Leap Year Project.

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. As a female entrepreneur who has built a successful company over the past decade, I forced myself to look even further ahead and determine what might be coming, not just in 2013 but in the next five years or so. 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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Favorites of 2013–Team Building and Leadership Articles

Mike Cardus

With the end of the year approaching, this week is great to share some of my favorites of 2013. Favorite Team Building & Leadership Articles 2013. Some good, some OK, some crap…Below are my favorite articles from 2013. If you consistently overload your best people with “important projects” three things might happen. Here is the schedule it may change; 12/26/13 – Team Building & Leadership Articles. 12/27/13 – Images Used in Presentations & Workshops.

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. Innovation Leadership Operations & Strategy Success Innovation and leadership Leadership and Impossibility Leading Change leading innovation leading new projects Leading something new leading the impossibleBy 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. Imagination and investment must come before innovation. Innovation is unlikely for those stuck in the short term. Radical innovation depends on leadership.

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.

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. Because it is important, because it connects to the one from last week, and because we all need to be reminded of it. “Effective people are not problem-minded; they are opportunity- minded. They feed opportunities and starve problems.” ” - […].

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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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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. Here is the schedule it may change; 12/26/13 – Team Building & Leadership Articles. 12/27/13 – Images Used in Presentations & Workshops. 12/30/13 – Team Building & Leadership Photos.

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. The post 061: The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Leaders Generate Great Ideas | with David Burkus appeared first on Engaging Leader.

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. Author information Jane Perdue Jane founded Braithwaite Innovation Group, a professional development firm dedicated to redefining power, performance, and connection @ the intersection of the art of leadership & the science of business.

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 “Don’t go to your grave with your best work inside of you.”

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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! Well, Mark Zuckerberg built Facebook from his dorm room, Sergei Brin and Larry Page built Google as a grad project, and Bill Gates founded Microsoft while studying at Harvard. And, it’s resulting in innovation and economic growth. Aron Solomon Culture Founders Project Innovation Leadership Millennials Startup Student Startups entrepreneur

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. In many ways, constraints shape our ability to understand the problem or project at hand. Limitations build a framework for understanding the problem we’re trying to solve or the project we must finish. The following is a guest piece by David Burkus.

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? There are different stages in a project. Team members'' daily roles can be different depending on the project life-cycle.

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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. business communication leadership Recent Posts change collaboration culture innovation learning mistakes opportunities shared purpose teamwork

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. I wore the hat of fisheries biologist, science teacher, environmental scientist, and even worked on an extraordinary robotics project , but in the end while the science jobs paid the bills, what I was really passionate about was painting. I met Nick Mayer when ordering a gorgeous Blue Lobster print of his.

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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.

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. 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.

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


Narayana Murthy being re-instated as Infosys Executive Chairman , where he quotes Luc: “We believe that to really make change happen, changing the reality is of course necessary – this involves developing novel ideas for change, and the implementation of those ideas via project management and measurement, templates and the like. Great Quotes Improvement & Development Leadership Leading Change change change management Innovation managing change Perception

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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 […].

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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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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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. Another example is Zach Freeman, a 2013 graduate of TCU’s Neeley Business School with degrees in supply chain management and entrepreneurial management, who founded Veterans Moving America, a “values-based company” that strictly hires American veterans to do residential moving work. Our vision at E Pluribus Partners is “unlocking productivity and innovation for good.”.

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.

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. Your business is adding a new time-management system, which requires employees to log their hours on specific projects. This past February Yahoo!’s s fledgling CEO Marissa Mayer made her first misstep. In a company-wide email, she announced Yahoo! was changing its telecommute policy.

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 Current Method / Better Way Matrix is a Team Project Management Tool that supplies people with a tool to challenge existing assumptions – while providing structure for everyone to feel comfortable. The team facilitator I recommend the team leader / Project Manager documents the responses on flipchart paper.

Leadership Caffeine-5 Priceless Lessons from Amundsen and Scott

Management Excellence

Here are 5 lessons from these remarkable expeditions that you can apply in your work-life today: Decision-Making Leadership Leadership Caffeine Management Innovation Performance Project Management Strategy Jim Collins Great By Choice Leadership Lessons from Roald Amundsen Luck and Leadership Race to the South Pole

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. The company encourages its workers to form teams around projects they’re passionate about, because Facebook’s leaders clearly understand that great work comes out of doing what you adore.

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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. Art Petty , from Management Excellence Blog , says “One of the consistent gaps I see in many leaders is a lack of experience with and understanding of the concepts and tools of project management.

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. It’s why design teams volunteer to live and work 24 hours a day in their Innovation Center. Intel also believes in using crisis to drive innovation.

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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. A FREE 45-minute Audio Interview with Gianfranco Zaccai , the founder and President of Continuum, a leading design and innovation consultancy featured in the book for its outstanding design of both client projects and creative teams. 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. The word is tossed around boardrooms and customer meetings with reckless abandon. You’ve likely heard this: “Our strategy is to become the biggest and the best.”


Mills Scofield

Love being part of the Creative Scholars Project , albeit remotely too much of the time. Brown University Creative Scholars Culture Education Innovation Leadership STEAM STEM It''s very cool to be blogging among a very auspicious group! We need to bring Art & Design back into the equation to solve today''s problems.

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?