News Flash: Innovation Is No Longer Just a Specialist’s Job. Now Here’s How to Involve Your Whole Workforce Instead

Strategy Driven

The classic method of segregating innovation to a single department, or to a process led by specialists, just isn’t fast enough any longer. What’s needed is a culture in which innovation is the mission of everyone, everywhere, every day.

7 CEO Success Tips – How To Be A Better Leader

N2Growth Blog

Instead, it is a long drive across the entire country that requires a look at the roadmap to avoid the roadblocks while understanding the routes and the detours along the way, long before the drive begins. When leaders decide to take this journey, decisions will have to be made that will determine whether success, or a lack of it will be realized once the journey has begun. C odify your ‘way to play’ to get the job done. 4) WHEN do you plan to arrive?

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Learning from the Innovation Leaders

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Rowan Gibson : Not since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution has there been a greater need to learn the art of innovation leadership. And who better to learn them from than the innovation leaders themselves? Who do we think of as innovation leaders?

How to Thrive Against Giants

In the CEO Afterlife

When you know that your company will never be the low-cost producer nor will it ever have enough cash to outspend the big cat, there’s no choice but to find other ways to skin that cat. Thousands of small to medium sized businesses are successfully doing this.

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Innovative Leaders

Coaching Tip

Leaders who exhibit this ability are able to integrate seemingly uncorrelated trends and events, and blending intuition with probing analysis, come up with the issues that will require a solution five or ten years down the road, long before anyone even realizes such issues exist. "

Innovation Will Follow When Your Organization Focuses On These Important Areas

Michael VanBruaene

Innovation results when you relentlessly focus on your marketplace, competitors and customers, along with the organizational fortitude to change direction and approach when necessary to sustain the organization. The information obtained should be widely disseminated within your organization along with committed and concentrated analysis about its implications for how you operate going forward; including implementation of necessary, and possibly substantial, change.

How To Attract Top Talent To Your Business

Strategy Driven

If you want to be successful in the long-term, then you’re going to have to hire a team of people who are skilled and committed to helping you grow your business. Show that You’re Innovative & Cutting Edge.

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How to Drive Strategies By Assessing Your Company Capabilities

N2Growth Blog

Every company has a set of capabilities that, when properly leveraged, can serve to devastate the competition. So, it’s essential for leadership teams to pinpoint and honestly assess these capabilities. Forecasting Capabilities: How well does the leadership team know the industry?

Dimension, Time, Cost Operator: Seeing Problems Differently

Create Learning

I have written about DTC Operator before here and here. Plus I just gave a talk about Innovation Tools and made the PowerPoint below. Innovation Tool: DTC Operator from Michael Cardus. What are some of your favorite innovation tools?

3 Lessons On How To Promote Successful Collaborations

Tanveer Naseer

One of the benefits I garner through my work are opportunities to collaborate with different groups and individuals. Not so much in terms of how successful we were in attaining our objectives, but in how certain parties approached the collaboration process.

How to be a Better Leader in 2012

C-Level Strategies

There’s a role every single leader should play in 2012 if they genuinely want to lead highly productive, effective and successful teams during the course of the year – the Synergist. The Visionary, Operator and Processor. Want to learn more?

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Managerial Leadership Training Tool: Using DTC Operator Innovation Planning

Create Learning

Working with a team of 5 Executive Directors from a company that employs ~2000 people we identified a gap in the Managerial Leadership Training , Mentoring and coaching of employees prior to being promoted to a Manager Level within the company. Dimension Time Cost Operator.

The 9 Rules of Innovation by Greg Satell

QAspire

Innovation is perhaps the most used word in corporate boardrooms today. Start ups are organized around a brand new idea but they often stumble when it comes to execution. Big companies have all the required resources, but also a lot of red-tape and resistance to change.

Innovation Execution

Coaching Tip

All companies, no matter the size, need to continually innovate in order to remain competitive. Innovation is a two-part challenge. To thrive, you need to succeed at both. Organizations are not Structured to Execute Innovation.

Onward. How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul. By Howard Schultz, with Joanne Gordon, 2011

Michael VanBruaene

It’s a temple to coffee, like a high end winery tasting room. . I was reluctant to go because it seemed to be just way too excessive for a coffee place. He appeared to be a decent guy, relatively earnest, but not aggressive in his mannerisms; nothing that indicates he’s CEO of a multi-billion dollar multi-national company. Innovate around the core. Find new ways to see. Tell your story, refusing to let others define you. I thought to myself.

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How To Encourage Growth Under A Controlling Boss

Tanveer Naseer

One of these conversations lead to a discussion about how leaders who want to push for change can deal with those above them who operate from the command-and-control style of leadership – in other words, those that subscribe to the overtly-controlling it’s my way or you’re out approach.

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Quality Tools to Discover Solutions: DTC Operator

Create Learning

Dimension Time Cost Operator. Dimension Time Cost Operator (DTC) – A TRIZ tool for for seeing problems differently exploring ideas of extremes in size, time and cost. The DTC Operator can work to release Psychological Inertia. The DTC Operator Algorithm.

How To Embrace Change In Today’s Organizations

Tanveer Naseer

When it comes to successfully leading today’s organizations, one skill that’s been growing in importance and need is the ability to manage change. In his TED talk, Joshua Klein describes an experiment he performed to understand the nature of intelligence found in crows.

How to Connect Strategy and Execution

Six Disciplines

If there is one maxim which describes the frustration many C-suite executives and senior level managers feel when trying to trying to get a strategy executed, it is: “People know what they are supposed to do.

How to Create a Stress-Free Work Environment

Strategy Driven

Unfortunately, in today’s society, jobs are becoming more and more difficult to come by. Maybe that’s why some companies are starting to put pressure on their employees. In order to do so, it is vital to think about a great variety of aspects. Learn to Be Tolerant.

How To Promote Continuous Learning In Your Organization

Tanveer Naseer

The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward When it comes to effectively leading teams and organizations in today’s fast-paced, 24/7 global economy, it’s becoming more and more evident that the days of command-and-control leadership are well behind us. That – to paraphrase the quote above – organizations need leaders who don’t just explain or demonstrate the relevance of their vision to those they lead. “The mediocre teacher tells.

Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble on Innovation Execution: Fundamental Core Principles

First Friday Book Synopsis

In their latest collaboration, Beyond the Idea, Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble, explain how to execute innovation in any organization. As they explain, “The most important message in Beyond the Idea is very simple: innovation execution is its own unique discipline. It requires time, energy, and distinct thinking. Unfortunately, few companies treat it as such. […].

Innovation High-Five

Mills Scofield

In this post, Tim Kippley Tim shares one of the experiments Geneca is running to give its people opportunities to explore new ideas. ” The Value of Innovation at Geneca. I have long felt that companies can’t survive without innovating. Operational Strategy.

Tracy Streckenbach (Innovative Global Brands) in “The Corner Office”

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here are a few insights provided during an interview of Tracy Streckenbach, president and chief operating officer of Innovative Global Brands. She said she might spend months to define the right goals for a company and set the benchmarks [.]. Adam Bryant conducts interviews of senior-level executives that appear in his “Corner Office” column each week in the SundayBusiness section of The New York Times.

How To Create Lasting Influence | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Understanding how to leverage the influence factor can make a defining difference in your ability to drive change, build cohesive teams, and to successfully implement strategic vision. As a leader your “Influence Quotient” is the IQ you need to pay attention to.

Here’s How to Empower Your Employees

Chart Your Course

Research shows that employee happiness is correlated to business success. If done right, employee empowerment can be the greatest factor to business growth and operational efficiency. Listen to Elsa …and let it go. Feel free to switch up job duties.

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How to Revitalise Your Business When You’ve Hit a Slump

Strategy Driven

It’s not that things are going badly, it’s just that they’re not improving, the ideas have dried up, and it’s difficult to see the business adapting sufficiently to meet the inevitable challenges the future will bring.

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Use Scarcity to Spur Innovation

First Friday Book Synopsis

To sign up for a free subscription, to any/all HBR newsletters, please click here. * * * Necessity is the mother of invention. When times or resources are tight, people usually figure out how to make due: they create work-arounds, devise new [.]. Here is another valuable Management Tip of the Day from Harvard Business Review.

How to Build a Great Team and Culture? 60 Pointers

QAspire

I recently delivered a talk at a local entrepreneurship forum on the topic “ How to Build a Great Team and Culture ”. It won’t be unfair to say that establishing a great culture and team is highest on priority of a business leader. They want to grow.

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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.

Ready to Grow Your Business? How to Appeal to Niche Audiences

Strategy Driven

Running your own business means that you must make major decisions daily, but the one decision that a lot of owners tend to struggle with is when to expand their business. Here are 5 signs that you are ready to expand: 1. You just finished reading Ready to Grow Your Business?

How to Launch a Product Like a Rock Star

Strategy Driven

A great distribution plan to sell it. A well formulated Go-To-Market Strategy. In a perfect launch, all of these components are vital to a successful launch. It took years for Apple to gain traction despite offering what critics consider to be a superior operating system.

Break the Innovation Chokehold: How to Stop Ruling Like a (Not-So-Benevolent) Dictator and Start Encouraging Big Ideas

Strategy Driven

The Benevolent Dictator : Empower Your Employees, Build Your Business, and Outwit the Competition by Michael Feuer What does it require to take a concept rapidly and effectively from mind to market? Innovation. ’ in order to improve your products, processes, or procedures.

Thinking Differently. Enabling Innovation

Create Learning

Competitive demands require quicker, more effective and innovative problem solving. Hire Mike of Create-Learning to Think Differently & Enable Innovation within your company and team. Thinking Differently – Enabling Innovation from Michael Cardus.

How to Have an Impact without Electricity and the Internet

Mills Scofield

Kona shares the starkly different definitions of ‘basic needs’ between the USA and Haiti and how it affects her productivity and impact…a lesson for us all! Mostly this has to do with living in Haiti. But personally, I don’t miss the 24/7 access to power much.

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Breaking Away - Innovation

CEO Blog

Concerned I have much to do still and the clock is ticking (although I fight that also). I read a great book yesterday by Jane Stevenson and Bilal Kaafarani called Breaking Away - How Great Leaders Create Innovation That Drives Sustainable Growth - And Why Others Fail. I loved the title (although perhaps not the part about failing) since I think a large part of leadership is fostering innovation. I am, of course, a great believer in innovation.

How to Build a Brand | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Unless you are a very large enterprise it is unlikely that you have the time, money, staffing, or external professional relationships to execute a brand management strategy such as the one outlined above. Solid advice that anyone interested in marketing and branding should pay attention to.

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Ideas Don't Equal Innovation | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

As a result of our conversation, I decided to dust-off an old post, give it a few updates, and pass along my thoughts, which can be best summarized as “ Ideas Don’t Equal Innovation. “ It is my hope to help dispel the myth that ideas are inherently good things.

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

Create Learning

Below is from the Exponent Leadership Process – Created to make you the reason people continue great work and stay with your company. Does your organization have an excessive amount of steps needed to get approval or to even get work done.

The CIO Paradox: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership Martha Heller bibliomotion (2013) The CIO “for all seasons” Rather than one paradox, as this book’s title suggests, Martha Heller rigorously and eloquently examines several separate but related paradoxes: Cost versus Innovation, Operations versus Strategy, Futurist versus Archivist, IT and Business Paradox, Accountability versus Ownership, Recruiting, […].

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

N2Growth Blog

Digital technology continues to transform both the retail and consumer experience. To stay competitive, brands must innovate and transform. Digital transformation starts at a strategic level with leadership being committed to change.

How Digital Process Innovation Can Influence Organisational Change In The Finance Sector

Strategy Driven

Digital innovation is everywhere, from Big Data to risk management software, and it’s all coming to change in the way that the sector is organised and run. As globalisation continues at a rapid rate, the financial sector is under pressure to keep up with demand.

Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 12/2/13)

First Friday Book Synopsis

I hope that at least a few of these recent posts will be of interest to you: BOOK REVIEWS Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind Jocelyn Glei, Editor Innovating Analytics: Word of Mouth Index- Use the Next Generation of Net Promoter to Increase Sales and Drive Results […].

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