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Partnership: A Crucible for Innovation

Lead Change Blog

Realizing the path to innovation would require revolutionary new thinking; all three leaders grasped that it would also take a new way of coalescing and harnessing talent. Reading Collective Genius , The Innovators , Creativity, Inc. and The Google Guys yields a strong confirmation that the pursuit of innovation might require a partnership approach, not a traditional teamwork style. Sourcing Innovation Collaboratively. Luca de Meo at Volkswagen AG did it.

How Innovation Is Completely Different in Established Organizations than in Startups

Leading Blog

Where unicorns were once mythical creatures, the word unicorn now refers to the startups that have a value of at least $1 billion, and there are more than 370 of them worldwide. Their greatest fear is no longer their closest competitor, but the startups which, although they live in metaphorical garages and have hardly taken off, have an innovation power that established organizations can only dream of possessing. The Three Tracks of Innovation. Creativity & Innovation

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10 Principles For Developing Strategic Leaders

Tanveer Naseer

Most companies have leaders with the strong operational skills needed to maintain the status quo. A 2015 PwC study of 6,000 senior executives , conducted using a research methodology developed by David Rooke of Harthill Consulting and William Torbert of Boston University, revealed just how pervasive this shortfall is: Only 8 percent of the respondents turned out to be strategic leaders, or those effective at leading transformations.

Influencing Creativity and Innovation


So what is your role in influencing creativity and innovation in others? We know it isn’t enough to simply add creativity to a list of values your organization espouses or to bring in consultants who get staff keyed up about innovating. Your best chance of having creative, innovative initiatives will occur with behaviors that: Encourage curiosity: Ask open ended questions, encourage forums where it is easy and safe to brainstorm, and model curiosity for others on your staff.

How Mindfulness Rewires Your Brain to Be More Innovative

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Matt Tenney There is much debate over the question of whether innovative people are born as innovators, or if innovation is something that is trainable. I'm convinced that we can actually change our brains in ways that help us to be more innovative, and that a simple practice called mindfulness can help us do exactly that. Although many people use the words creative and innovative as synonyms, the two are actually quite distinct.

N2Growth Helps Businesses Combine Strategy & Innovation for a Consumer-First Approach to Digital Transformation

N2Growth Blog

To stay competitive, brands must innovate and transform. That transformation requires adopting new digital technologies in every aspect of business — from product design and operations to customer service and marketing. Balance is the key to success; N2Growth , believes that innovation and strategy must come together for businesses to enjoy sustainable growth and maintain customer satisfaction. The “Individual” component refers to the customer.

Are ‘Bright Shiny Objects’ Worth Your Time (And Money)?

N2Growth Blog

By John Baldoni , Chair, Leadership Development, N2growth. Today the term “bright shiny objects” is used in reference to organizations that cannot formulate a strategy, or if they do develop one, they fail to adhere to it. Innovation Leadership Operations & Strategy John Baldoni Leadership and Innovation leadership and making it big leadership and wealth N2growth Beware of bright shiny objects! That could be a lesson contained in J.R.R.

Organizational Health Care with N2Growth: When was your Last Check-up?

N2Growth Blog

Chair, Organizational Development, N2Growth. to discuss what operational screenings and organizational development exams you need and when you need them. Your operations deserve a longer, healthier life. Early diagnosis is particularly relevant for cancers of the organization’s operations, teams, messaging, social media, branding and organizational behaviors to catch unwanted toxicities that may cause harm later. Treatments when your operations are sick.

What Your Innovation Process Should Look Like

Harvard Business

Companies and government agencies often make the mistake of viewing innovation as a set of unconstrained activities with no discipline. In reality, for innovation to contribute to a company or government agency, it needs to be designed as a process from start to deployment. When organizations lack a formal innovation pipeline process, project approvals tend to be based on who has the best demo or slides, or who lobbies the hardest. Innovation Experimentation Digital Article

How to Expedite Innovation: Communication Loops & Red-Tape-Worms

Mike Cardus

This is often referred to as “bureaucracy” and can quickly become abysmally restrictive and frustrating with feelings of; Innovative work thrusts are inhibited. Endless reference back and forth and up and down the Management Structure. These extra steps delay progress and kill any innovative ideas that you have. Innovation happens when people can work on tasks with quick and easy feedback from their direct manager.

What If Amazon’s Next Big Innovation Was to Improve the Jobs of Its Blue-Collar Workers?

Harvard Business

What Bezos rarely, if ever, writes about is how he can apply his powers of strategic thinking and bold innovation to creating a more compelling future for the hundreds of thousands of Amazon workers who work in its warehouses and distribution centers. After all, this year’s letter makes reference to a development program called Amazon Career Choice , in which the company pays 95% of the cost of tuition, fees, and books for hourly workers with more than one year of tenure.

How the EMR Is Increasing Innovation and Creativity in Health Care

Harvard Business

Fifty-eight percent of patients referred to Virginia Mason, our medical center in Seattle, for back surgery would be more appropriately treated without an operation. But just as the cell phone, originally designed as a mobile communication device, has been adapted to an unimagined array of additional functions, the EMR is serving as a platform for innovation and creativity. These applications of the EMR are in early development.

Leadership and Competition

N2Growth Blog

A leader’s view on competition will not only reveal a lot about their beliefs on current and future market trends, but also on innovation, branding, talent management, supply chain issues, constituency management, capital markets, and customer facing. In the military we valued actionable intelligence, studied our enemy’s strengths and weaknesses, developed a battle plan around a solid strategy, and executed our tactical mission as if our lives depended on it - because they did.

Competing in the Age of AI

Leading Blog

T HE BIGGEST CHANGE being brought about by AI is not human replicas, but the emergence of digital operating models. The operating model is how that is accomplished. The goal of the operating model is to deliver value at scale, to achieve sufficient scope, and to respond to changes by engaging in sufficient learning. AI need not be indistinguishable from human behavior, or capable of stimulating human reasoning—what is sometimes referred to as strong AI.

The Big Picture of Business – Quality is Important for Business: Real Quality vs. Arbitrary Metrics

Strategy Driven

This is referred to as the ‘measurement inversion.’ It applies to service industries and manufacturing operations. Paying attention to quality can realize: Lower operating costs. Faster innovation. There’s this thing that websites do. They use the term ‘metrics’ out of context. Their metrics are arbitrary, and they jerk the chains of sellers with figures that are unsubstantiated. They arbitrarily disable accounts.

Just What Do You Mean, Entrepreneur?

Leading Blog

David Sax, author of The Soul of an Entrepreneur , says that a startup myth has developed that has “increasingly defined what an entrepreneur was supposed to look like, how they behaved, and what they did.

The Making of Legends

Strategy Driven

My four Legends books include “Pop Icons and Business Legends,” “The Classic Television Reference,” “Houston Legends” and “Non-Profit Legends.” Business dilemmas, solutions and analyses are framed first in the field of reference (pop culture teachings of their youth) and then reframed in modern business context. I developed the concept of integrating Pop Culture Wisdom with management training and business planning over the last 40 years.

The Biggest Challenges into Exciting Opportunities

Coaching Tip

Basing the way you operate in the past, which is what best practices tell you to do, doesn’t equip you to navigate change. But when everyone thinks that way, institutions and organizations don’t adapt, they don’t innovate, they don’t change rapidly enough and it gets us all into trouble. distills decades of experience and award-winning research on leadership and change reveling: How to leverage a startup approach within a larger organization to be more agile and innovative.

Current Method / Better Way Matrix Team Building Activity

Mike Cardus

Innovation tool. Can break inertia (stuckness) in how your project team operates. The tool can help the team develop ideas through discussion and discourse. When options for goals and implementation are established everyone has a well developed (and known) understanding of the steps. The clearer you are with exactly what you want to improve and develop the better your results will be. Current Method / Better Way Matrix Team Building Activity.

How Corruption Is Strangling U.S. Innovation

Harvard Business Review

And it is strangling both US competitiveness, and the ability for US firms to innovate. The corruption to which I am referring is the phenomenon of money in politics. Former congressman and CIA director Leon Panetta described it as "legalized bribery"; something which has just "become part of the culture of how this place operates.". It's a web-based movie service, and relative to a lot of players in the space, a disruptively innovative one.

Business Model Innovation Through Process Change

Harvard Business Review

More and more companies I see these days are making strategic process changes to drive unprecedented business model innovation. Business model innovation — often enabled by new technology platforms — isn't new. Operations Strategy TechnologyForbes has embraced online collaborative publishing as it adds a substantial online presence to its traditional print magazine.

Giving Seriously Ill Patients More Choices About Their Care

Harvard Business

” A new clinical model based on an advanced illness-management program one of us (Brad) developed at Sutter Health, an integrated system in Northern California, demonstrates how to increase quality while dramatically reducing costs. This model doesn’t leave patient choice to chance; it’s hardwired into clinical operations. How the most innovative providers are creating value. Operations Organizational structure Innovation Healthcare Digital Article

Team Building and Employee Engagement Day. Objectives :: Outcomes :: and Implementation

Mike Cardus

Develop and focus on One Operations Team. Meet and learn from people in other areas of operations. Increase understanding of what people in operations do and how that affects operations. Find areas of success within the operations team and create a shared vision for the future. Examine what is better and what happened within operations to achieve that success. Develop and focus on One Operations Team. Creating a Culture of Innovation.

How Digital Health Care Can Help Prevent Chronic Diseases Like Diabetes

Harvard Business

million adults in the United States with high blood sugar levels in danger of developing type 2 diabetes. We studied Omada’s program as part of our Harvard Medical School initiative to identify and share knowledge about innovative approaches to major health challenges that primary care providers play the lead in treating. Weight loss is a clinically-accepted proxy measure for reducing the risk of developing diabetes.) Eric Frommelt/Getty Images.

Is Your Organization Digitally Mature?

Leading Blog

Only by fundamentally changing the way the organization works—through flattening hierarchies, speeding up decision making, helping employees develop needed skills, and successfully understanding both opportunities and threats in the environment—can an organization truly adapt to a digital world. When we talk about leadership, we are referring to leadership at all levels of the organization. W E’RE not in Kansas anymore.

The Problem with Good Ideas | Thoughts for the Everyday Leader

Nathan Magnuson

At a time when creativity and innovation are at a premium, good ideas are actually more threatening than ever. When each individual comes up with different good ideas, the operating environment quickly gets complicated. Love the reference to True North…a journey my company is taking. Home About Coaching Contact Guest Posts Archives. Thoughts for the Everyday Leader. by Nathan Magnuson. Home / Leadership / The Problem with Good Ideas. The Problem with Good Ideas.

How Agile Are You?

Rich Gee Group

To succeed you need to be flexible, innovate, and be agile. Developed by military strategist and United States Air Force Colonel John Boyd, the OODA Loop was applied to the combat operations process, often at the strategic level in military operations. The phrase OODA loop refers to the decision cycle of observe, orient, decide, and act — the approach favors agility over raw power in dealing with human opponents in any endeavor.

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. A quick scan of the list indicates that all 100 organizations are located in developed countries. First, many of the Top Innovators employ engineers in emerging countries such as India and China. Offshore Outsourced Product Development. Global business Innovation

What the Research Tells Us About Team Creativity and Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Creativity and innovation are not among them. We know how some factors affect creativity and innovation, but we’re only just beginning to understand some of the more complex relationships. Creativity researchers usually make a distinction between creativity and innovation. Innovation involves two stages—the generation of new ideas and the implementation of the ideas. Creativity is considered to be the first stage of innovation. courtesy of NASA/ESA.

How Thomson Reuters Is Creating a Culture of Innovation

Harvard Business Review

It’s not easy for big companies to innovate. Moreover, the skills that are cherished and rewarded for achieving current results differ from those that aid in discovery and experimentation, both of which are needed to drive innovation. As a result, fostering a true culture of innovation in big companies is often an aspiration rather than a reality. First they agreed to shift funding from small, incremental acquisitions to innovation. Innovation Organizational culture

How to Innovate with an Executive Sponsor

Harvard Business Review

Meaningful innovation requires sponsorship. At its core, Penrose's idea is the reason innovation requires sponsorship. Middle managers with limited resources and set evaluation metrics will simply operate in a predictable fashion. It's why Christensen's Innovator's Dilemma is so difficult to overcome. Unfortunately, while we in the field of innovation are happy to acknowledge the need for executive sponsorship, we rarely talk about when that sponsorship is needed.

Make Meaningful Work as Important as Results

Lead Change Blog

This singular emphasis on results can, however, cause players to operate from an “I win, you lose” philosophy – and act to inhibit others’ performance while they maximize their own. The only output they refer to is “superior value,” which doesn’t specify their product or service. The second example, from a pharmaceutical company, states their purpose is “to discover, develop, and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases.”

The Best Leaders Give Their Vision Away

Ron Edmondson

The vision is referred to for its value to an organization. I am actually referring to another principle though, which leaders sometimes overlook. In this process, they developed these ministries with their own individual perspectives and desires. Leaders often operate out of fear and hold too tightly to their vision, afraid others will ruin their “dream”, but this never allows people to develop.

The Silver Lining to Scarcity: It Drives Innovation

Harvard Business Review

They behave, in other words, like innovators. All three were times of exceptional innovation and creativity, for our clients and us. The interface they produced at the end of those frenetic weeks ended up as part of the interactive wall for Microsoft Home, and continues to serve as a reference for media projects at Ziba to this day. How does innovation manage to flourish under such time and budget constraints? Creativity Innovation Recession

Is Anyone In Your Company Paying Attention to Strategic Alignment?

Harvard Business

Unlike mainstream ideas about personal leadership, which at their core are concerned with mobilizing people, enterprise leadership is concerned with mobilizing the resources of an entire company as a system of many moving and interconnected parts, of which people (or “human resources”) are just one element, and not even necessarily the most important for developing strategically important organizational capabilities. Pm images/Getty Images.

Unlock Employee Innovation That Fits with Your Strategy

Harvard Business Review

In innovation circles, empowerment is now a familiar theme; project teams working highly autonomously have been behind many of the world’s most innovative offerings. But my work with colleagues studying successful firms suggests that maximum innovative output occurs when contributors believe that they have absolute freedom to contribute and pursue innovative ideas, while at the same time , top management believes that it remains in complete control.

Ideas For Change Within Teams & Organizations

Mike Cardus

Recently I was sent an email from a past client, asking me for some advice, team building activities and programmatic ideas about developing programs for change within an organization. The follow-up reported the project is operating fully and the resistance has been minimal. Allow time for a “gallery walk” where the attendees take time and walk through the process and examine other people information in reference to their own.

20 Essential Terms that You Need to Know to Transform Your Business

N2Growth Blog

Engagement – Employee engagement refers to the commitment of employees to the organization’s vision and goals. Learning Organization – A learning organization is one that acquires knowledge and facilitates the learning of its team members, in order to continuously improve, innovate, and transform. Networked organization structures enable the development of flatter more responsive enterprises.

How Chinese Companies Can Develop Global Brands

Harvard Business Review

To many skeptical consumers in developed markets, Brand China still means lower quality. Beijing-based telecom security company NQ Mobile has gone so far as to create a separate headquarters in Texas for its developed-market business, managed by an American co-CEO and entirely comprised of American employees. Since positioning is vital in new markets, today’s boards must include Chief Marketing Officers, not just directors with operations or finance backgrounds.


Research: Arab Inventors Make the U.S. More Innovative

Harvard Business

The problem is that to date there has been little work to document the extent of Arab contributions to American innovation. innovation. innovation system, we ran an exercise matching Arabic first names with international patent applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). Our approach has been used before, in a study of ethnic innovation in the U.S. especially those with R&D operations.

Lead Change like a Slinky®

Lead Change Blog

Several years ago I led a professional development workshop for the alumni association of my alma mater. Change can also offer an enormous amount of benefits, like growth in a career, innovation for the future, and discovering new possibilities in life. References: Toy Box Leadership: Leadership Lessons from the Toys You Loved as a Child (2009) by Ron Hunter and Michael Waddell. This post is a part of our 2016 Lead Change Group Guest Blogger Series.

0511 | Larry Downes: Full Transcript


The most recent being Big Bang Disruption: Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation. Paul Nunes and I have known each other for many years, and we’ve both been writing about the subject of disruptive innovation from different vantage points and different angles. One of the things I think is most interesting is there’s a lot of old models of innovation and of strategy that I won’t say they don’t necessarily apply anymore, but they apply to very, very, almost static markets.

A Closed-Loop Strategy Execution System

Six Disciplines

In their 2008 book "The Execution Premium: Linking Strategy to Operations for Competitive Advantage" (Harvard Business School Press), Harvard professors Dr. Robert S. Norton (creators of the Balanced Scorecard) offer their insights concerning the "rules" of successful strategy execution: The failure to balance the tensions between strategy and operations (execution) is pervasive. Plan Operations: improve key processes; develop sales plan; plan resource capacity; prepare budgets.