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.

Four Roadblocks to Overcome for Effective Leadership Influence

Career Advancement

Maura wants to expand her influence in her company , but she’s realizing some major barriers have existed there for years. In any organization, you’re going to run into challenges to expanding your leadership influence. Here are four roadblocks to overcome for effective leadership influence. If you’re trying to expand your influence in a workplace that has no clear shared vision, motivating people will prove challenging.

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How Innovative Trailblazers are Transforming Business

Skip Prichard

That’s what Brand Positive co-founder Sean Pillot de Chencey teaches in his book Influencers & Revolutionaries: How Innovative Trailblazers, Trends and Catalysts Are Transforming Businesses. “Insight + Ideas + Impact = Innovation.” Economic Disruption.

How Successful Leaders Use Culture To Influence Behaviour

Tanveer Naseer

The authors of the year’s three best business books on culture, one of which is a novel, explore the elusive subject from widely divergent perspectives, but all end up confirming that it is the single most powerful influence on how people behave in organizations. The most innovative—even radical—of Menlo’s practices is the pairing of employees (in the main, software programmers): “Two people sit together at one computer working all day on the same task at the same time,” explains Sheridan.

Four Roadblocks to Overcome for Effective Leadership Influence

Career Advancement

Maura wants to expand her influence in her company , but she’s realizing some major barriers have existed there for years. In any organization, you’re going to run into challenges to expanding your leadership influence. Here are four roadblocks to overcome for effective leadership influence. If you’re trying to expand your influence in a workplace that has no clear shared vision, motivating people will prove challenging.

Change and Innovation

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At the root of all change and innovation challenges is a leadership opportunity,” argues Chris Laping, in his new book, “PEOPLE BEFORE THINGS: Change isn’t and end-user problem.”. While good change leadership needs project leaders to do their part, it requires enablement by executive leaders prior to the project team lifting a finger on the delivery work. The evidence is overwhelming. Why do so many organizations struggle, while others succeed at delivering change? “At

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. I call them “quiet influencers,” those who make a difference by challenging the status quo, provoking new ways of thinking, effecting change and inspiring others to move forward.

Leaders Share about New Beginnings, Fresh Starts, and Project Launches: A Frontline Festival

Let's Grow Leaders

Our June Festival is all about new beginnings, fresh starts, and project launches. Next month’s Festival is all about leading through influence. Wally Bock of Three-Star Leadership says that when you’re starting a new project, it’s tempting to think you can plan the error out of it. According to John Hunter of Curious Cat Management Improvement , innovation is one of the areas of management improvement that is not given sufficient attention.

How to Navigate the Politics of an Innovation Project

Harvard Business

The innovation would boost efficiency by taking the excess inventory of one business unit and shipping it to units that had deficits, thereby reducing inventory-carrying costs companywide. Luckily, Denise, who was an executive MBA student of mine, took the time to understand the politics of innovation at play, and followed a series of steps to harness these dynamics to her benefit. The Politics of Innovation. The same goes for innovation. juanluisgx/Getty Images.

Braithwaite Innovation Group Presents the July 2015 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Bruce Harpham of Project Management Hacks shares How To Expand Your Job: The Pushing Boundaries Strategy. Michael Lee Stallard of Michael Lee Stallard shares Grassroots Innovation Contributed to WWII Victory. Don’t let others from your past stop you from re-creating your curiosity of creativity and innovation. Forward your submission to the ever-on-top-of-things Paula Kiger with Becky Robinson’s amazing Weaving Influence , home of the Lead Change Group.

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. Their influence was so great that I wanted my career path to follow their footsteps. 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.

How to Identify Your Project Stakeholders Interest

Mike Cardus

Design by 12GrainStudio How to Identify Project Stakeholders Interest Wednesday, November 10th, 2010 Posted by: mike Attempting to institute new projects and processes within an existing culture can prove to be Sisyphean.

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.

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. Be careful of high level, pie-in-the-sky projections.

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Too Many Experts Can Hurt Your Innovation Projects

Harvard Business

In fact, my colleagues and I have found that innovation thrives when expert users make up about 40% of an invention team. We found that having too many doctors on the team — and in the wrong roles — was a liability for young companies trying to innovate. Most notably, we discovered that firms with physician CEOs were less innovative (based on the rate at which their products received approval from the U.S. Innovation Digital Article

How Leaders Can Help Others Influence Them

Harvard Business

He was talking about how to help leaders influence others. I asked him, “Do you also teach leaders how to be influenced by others?” Yet, as our images of leaders have shifted and evolved, we still seem frozen in the mindset of Dale Carnegie’s 1936 book How to Win Friends and Influence People. We still believe that the essence of leadership is about influencing others to do what we want them to do. Decision making Influence Digital Article

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 […].

The Biggest Obstacles to Innovation in Large Companies

Harvard Business

It turns out that the word “innovation” is not a Harry Potter-esque magical incantation that, once spoken, renders companies more inventive, creative, and entrepreneurial. It can be emblazoned on the door to a new innovation center in Silicon Valley. Yes, even Toys R Us had a head of innovation.). To be constructive, we also asked about the things that foster innovation.) Are employees clear on what kind of innovation they’re supposed to be doing?

Selling Products Is Good. Selling Projects Can Be Even Better

Harvard Business

But increasingly, what companies sell are projects. Selling products limits the revenues you can make from clients: Unless you are innovating and continually updating your product offering, customer attrition tends to be high, and incentivizing repurchases can be hard. A focus on selling projects would mean helping someone do something more specific, such as running the Boston Marathon. The project would have a clear goal (finish the marathon) and a clear start and end date.

The Other Side of Innovation: Solving the Execution Challenge.


Business organizations are not built for innovation; they are built for efficiency.&# – Vijay Govindarajan In The Other Side of Innovation the authors demonstrate their absolute knowledge of an area that many organizations need more of, innovation! They have been studying over the past decade innovation within established organizations. In the process they have compiled perhaps the most extensive library of innovation case studies in the world.

The Biases That Keep Good R&D Projects from Getting Funded

Harvard Business

The project focused on how to design rooms in intensive care units to minimize sleep disruption and facilitate healing. Gerhard, from the infrastructure group in Munich, started the discussion: “This project is just too out there. ” Gerhard noticed that the R&D budget was nearly spent for the year and suggested that the project was “a nice-to-have, rather than a need-to-have.” Projects aren’t simply evaluated on merit.

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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Leadership May Not Be the Problem with Your Innovation Team

Harvard Business

Last November we published an assessment on to help readers diagnose the extent to which their organizations create conditions that favor successful innovation. Despite enormous attention placed on improving innovation effectiveness, 80% of participants thought their companies were underperforming on this front. We expected people to point the finger at leadership (or lack thereof) to explain their organizations’ innovation struggles.

To Foster Innovation, Connect Coworkers Who Share Aspirations

Harvard Business

We suggest that HR leaders make minimum interventions in trying to influence communities of growth. For a CCA to work, five elements need to be present: A common project: The main pre-requisite for a CCA to work is a common project, initiative, or the search for a solution to an existing problem within the company. Collaborative: CCAs are not solo pet projects, but require employees to work together. Collaboration Diversity Innovation Digital Article

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How to Increase your Visibility at Work

Career Advancement

Find out what’s most important to your boss as well as your boss’s boss, and seek out opportunities to volunteer for those projects. They will have key project updates and talking points to share at the leadership team meetings. Resourceful” and “innovative” topped the list.

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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.

How to Design Work Projects for Maximum Learning

Harvard Business Review

That is why live business projects can be powerful vehicles for learning, especially when they aim for dramatic outcomes on a tight timeframe. In addition to receiving traditional training, each participant designs and carries out a 100-day project that targets an important business challenge, such as increasing the firm’s footprint in the health care segment or developing new software to enhance mobile phones (these are real examples).

Lead by Example

Lead on Purpose

Here are five ways you can lead by example and influence your team to innovate and succeed every time: 1. This has been shown to improve innovation among teams. When each person shares their opinion openly, ideas come together and everyone plays an important role in the outcome of the project. Being able to admit that you are wrong for the greater good of the project and team success is a prime case of leading by example.

Unleashing Your Leadership Presence …

The Empowered Buisness

Fill your space with an empowering color that signifies who you are and what you want to project to the world. When they allow energy to flow, they are alive, engaged, passionate, on purpose, creative, innovative, intuitive, clear, visionary, playful, relaxed and refreshed. When you learn how to work with and control your life force energy, your leadership presence, influence and performance will skyrocket. Want to learn more about leadership influence?

Better Leadership in 2015 (And Beyond): 9 Essentials


In this world of work, a leader derives power by engaging others, collaborating with them, build a positive influence and build an environment where people can thrive. Constant improvement (and innovation) in products and processes is one of the ways to maintain positive momentum. Career Development Leadership Leading People Leading Projects Learning Random Musings Future Leader leading change Year 2015 is knocking the door.

Essentials Of Executive Sponsorship (Part One)

Lead Change Blog

One of the main reasons that projects fail to launch, or realize long-term success, is the lack of executive sponsorship. In fact, a 2014 Research Study by Prosci indicated that projects with strong, effective executive sponsorship were 3.5 How aligned is my project to the overarching strategies of the organization? A cardinal rule of gaining effective momentum to implement any project or change management endeavor is organizational alignment.

How to Enhance others’ Perception of you at Work

Career Advancement

When I met with Lily to discuss why her career has been stalling, one thing became clear: She failed to work on her PVI—perception, visibility, and influence. Here, we’ll delve into step one: honing in on the art of influencing perception at work. Do they frequently introduce innovative ideas at meetings? As a result, their brainstorming sessions led to truly innovative ideas—results they never would have gotten if not for her.

Shape Your Company’s Future

Skip Prichard

Planners, and this is a stereotype, tend to spend their time producing spreadsheet forecasts, things-to-do checklists, and complicated project diagrams. Their projects focus on efficiency. Create the Best Possible Future. Are you confident in your company’s future?

Leadership & Change

N2Growth Blog

Agility, innovation, disruption, fluidity, decisiveness, commitment, and above all else a bias toward action will lead to the creation of change. If your entity doesn’t innovate and change in accordance with market driven needs and demands it will fail…it’s just that simple.

14 Principles that Made Amazon

Skip Prichard

He is a leading authority on insurance, risk management, technology, and innovation. Principle 7 — Generate High-Velocity Decisions) in the section titled Invention Machine he explains the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 decisions and why understanding the difference is crucial to business growth through invention and innovation. Members of the team are given responsibility for a particular metric (either standalone or one part of a larger project).

10 Principles For Developing Strategic Leaders

Tanveer Naseer

Systems and Structures The first three principles of strategic leadership involve nontraditional but highly effective approaches to decision making, transparency, and innovation. By setting up ways for people to bring their innovative thinking to the surface, you can help them learn to make the most of their own creativity. The manager may not appreciate the value in the idea, blocking it from going forward and stifling the innovator’s enthusiasm.

A Guide to Winning Support for Your New Idea or Project

Harvard Business Review

“It’s very hard to start a new initiative,” says John Butman, author of Breaking Out: How to Build Influence in a World of Competing Ideas. “Organizations need to keep changing, adapting, and innovating,” he says. Julie Wittes Schlack, SVP of Innovation and Design at C Space, the global consulting company, knew that her company needed to streamline its client services, but she wasn’t sure how to get the idea off the ground.

Book Review: Trust Agents

Lead on Purpose

Making connections and gaining people’s trust is the premise of the book Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust. They connect people together and use their influence to find resources and complete projects faster.

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Open Spaces, Open Minds


Yet for some innovation tasks, being in the same room is the best solution. Toyota uses the big open room as a way of bringing together large diverse groups to focus on creating innovative improvements to products. It’s an idea at the heart of Toyota’s success in building innovation into their cars in recent years as a way of overcoming the monotony of continuous improvement. In the typical company, project teams spend very little time together.

Do You Speak the Language of Performance Driven Execution?

N2Growth Blog

If you are responsible for leading teams, how can you be sure that the work being done throughout the day will innovatively increase impact and productivity to make tomorrow a better place? Or, if you are responsible for managing Solopreneur projects, how can you be sure that the work will increase impact and productivity? Distinctio: Accept a New Way to Play in the Leadership and Innovation Sandbox – Differentiation. By Damian D. “Skipper” Pitts.

Agile – a leaner, stronger, faster, smarter way to work (for everyone)

Ask Atma

Using the concept of controlled chaos it is possible to increase efficiency and innovation. It is at heart a new philosophical approach to project management. In this sense, agile is more a way to create a new culture than simply a way to write software or manage a project. We collaborate realistically to project time and difficulty of projects. This is important because it involves all the core members responsible for bringing your project to life.

Eight Communication Traps That Foil Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Most leaders are interested in growing their businesses through innovation, but it's risky business: most innovation efforts fail. Innovative ideas, initiatives, products, culture transformations, you name it, have little chance to succeed if they aren't enabled by smart communications.

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