Innovate Forward

Leading Blog

Technology is the raw material that 21st-century innovators need to build new business capabilities, to develop exciting new products and services, and to create workarounds for the physical distancing measures we will likely endure for the foreseeable future. Six powerful new technologies, all reaching maturity simultaneously in the early 2020s, will each act like a new color in the palette of creators, designers, and innovators. Creativity & Innovation

The Power of Being Directionally Correct

Leading Blog

Chuck Swoboda, the retired Chairman and CEO of Cree shares the mindset and beliefs that drive innovation in The Innovator’s Spirit: Discover the Mindset to Pursue the Impossible. This is how you develop an innovator’s mindset. Innovation is more than an invention.

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Understanding the Link Between Leadership and Innovation

Lead Change Blog

Despite the status of the Covid-19 outbreak as the single biggest health and socio-economic crisis since the Second World War, it’s also hard to dispute the transformative power of coronavirus across the board. With this in mind, the Coronavirus outbreak arguably represents an opportunity for growth and innovation, and good leadership will be central to ushering this in. But what’s the relationship between leadership and innovation and why exactly should you care?

Innovative Service Leaders Nurture Trust

Lead Change Blog

He was the CEO of one of the most innovative service companies on the planet. Innovative service leadership relies on the naturalness of valued relationships instead of “proper” dealings, artificial structures, and contrived pecking orders. It takes trustful leadership to nurture employees who consistently deliver innovative service. Innovative service leaders who seek to create an atmosphere of trust are optimistic about their world and their associates.

How Good Leadership Can Impact Employees’ Innovative Behavior

Leading Blog

There’s increasing pressure on organizations to be more competitive, and leaders need to have the right skills to influence employees’ innovative behavior. To encourage employees to become more innovative, leaders need to pay attention to a number of issues. Creativity & Innovation

Leadership and the Innovation Crisis

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Alf Rehn: Some say we live in the golden age of innovation, an age ruled by transformation and revolution. Instead, I would argue that we live in the age of innovation crisis. A crisis where there has never been more talk about innovation – there’s no end to the books, blogs, LinkedIn-groups and Instagram-feeds dedicated to the same – yet we still struggle to solve some of the basic problems in society. This doesn’t mean innovation is dead.

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When Innovation Talk Turns Toxic


Innovation thrives on meaning, but superficial innovation talk can lead to stress and fatigue, and thus less creativity, in a company culture. Today’s post is by Alf Rehn, author of Innovation for the Fatigued (CLICK HERE to get your copy).

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. The Power of a Partner-Leader.

115: The 4 Lenses of Innovation: Powering Your Team’s Creative Thinking | with Rowan Gibson

Engaging Leader

You and everyone on your team has an “inner innovator,” a creative potential inside that can be unleashed and harnessed. What’s more, you can build an embedded capability for innovation that engages everyone at your organization and […] You and everyone on your team has an “inner innovator,” a creative potential inside that can be unleashed and harnessed. Our guest today is Rowan Gibson, one of the world’s foremost thought leaders on business innovation.

How Innovation Is Completely Different in Established Organizations than in Startups

Leading Blog

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. Still, no matter what great strides the innovative startups make or how much airtime they’re given by the media, innovation in startups is completely different than innovation in established organizations.

How to Ignite, Scale & Sustain Innovation

Skip Prichard

How to Ignite Innovation. Innovation is one subject that each and every one of us should study because its powerful force is available to us if we know how to tap it. It’s no surprise that Tamara Ghandour’s book interested me because I read all I can about innovation and creativity. Innovation is Everybody’s Business: how to ignite, scale and sustain innovation is written in a way that applies to everyone. Everyone is Innovative .

Great Leaders Embrace Innovation, and Innovation Demands Risks

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by Randal Moss : Great leaders consistently talk about the need for their organization to ‘be innovative’ in their thinking. They recognize that innovation is a strategy for growth and that being able to harness that power will drive their organization’s success and their own as well. No Guts, No Growth, No Glory Taking risks is an inextricable part of being innovative. Executive support sends the message that innovation is a priority.

The Most Neglected Act of Innovation

Let's Grow Leaders

If you’ve never seen it before, it’s hard to describe the power of an avalanche. But I have seen their power. The post The Most Neglected Act of Innovation appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders. courageous cultures innovation leadership management MeetingsFortunately, I’ve never experienced one myself. This weekend, Karin and I cycled in the Colorado mountains between Frisco and Copper Mountain. […].

What Kind of Innovator Are You?

Leading Blog

When it comes to innovation, it is no different. Jeff DeGraff writes in The Innovation Code , “ Your dominant worldview is your biggest strength —the quality that makes you stand out from other people.” DeGraff describes four basic worldviews or approaches to innovation : the Artist, the Engineer, the Athlete, and the Sage. The Artist The Artist loves radical innovation. This is the high-risk, high-reward innovation approach.” What they seek is power.

Innovative Service is Inspired by Bold Leaders

Lead Change Blog

Innovative service is different from business as usual—it never follows the current of the latest fad, gimmick, or “me too” tactic. Innovative service is the kind of refreshing experience that is so remarkable it creates customer attraction and ensures customer advocacy. The “remove rather than add” approach means innovative service leaders focus on eliminating whatever exists in the work world that fuels the opposite of boldness—i.e.,

Practice the Power of Civility

Lead Change Blog

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. Connect with Jane on her LeadBIG blog , Braithwaite Innovation Group or @thehrgoddess on Twitter.

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Unlocking Innovation

Coaching Tip

Although true genius is rare, the capacity to innovate is inherent in everyone, says business innovation expert Rowan Gibson in his new book, "THE 4 LENSES OF INNOVATION: A Power Tool for Creative Thinking." . Once we accept that creativity is not a birthright, but a skill that can be taught and acquired, we can begin to seriously tap into the latent innovation potential inside all of us and across our organizations," Gibson says.

The Surprising Power of Business Experiments

Skip Prichard

His new book, Experimentation Works: The Surprising Power of Business Experiments , takes you through his research and best practices to show how to experiment and test before acting. Both revolutions were about the potential of new experimentation tools, processes, and cultures and what companies should do to unlock their power. A few years later, in 2020, Experimentation Works: The Surprising Power of Business Experiments was published! Experiment.

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Why Too Much Power Stifles Innovation


When it comes to innovation, we know that open-mindedness, deferring judgment, including diverse inputs from diverse people, and supporting collaboration inside and outside our organizations are all success factors when going for big ideas that make a big difference. Researchers conducted a number of experiments that put people in touch with their feelings of power or powerlessness. This research reveals a leadership paradox when it comes to innovation.

Looking for Ways to Improve Innovation? Improvisational Comedy Can Show You How

Leading Blog

D ISRUPTION is happening in even the most stalwart industries, leading business leaders scrambling to create a culture of innovation in their organizations. The techniques of improvisational comedy can provide important lessons for developing a innovation mindset. This is where improvisational actors excel and why improv comedy techniques can lend themselves to promoting an innovation culture within organizations. Those unexpected connections are what lead to innovation.

The Five Powers of Leadership Rituals

Leadership Freak

Innovative leaders wrongly resist patterns. Encouragement Influence Innovation Marks of leaders Taking others higher Leadership Leadership Development leadership effectiveness Management organizational success power intention unconscious habit unconscious habitsThey fear repetition constricts and bores. Don’t fence me in.” However, rituals set leaders free. Think of rituals as tiny behaviors that yield disproportionate benefits.

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Innovative Leaders

Coaching Tip

OUT THINK: How to innovate Leaders Drive Exceptional Outcomes" by G. To be innovative leaders , we must build on this base by constantly reiterating and communicating core ideas, using powerful stories to propel change, modeling the behavior we wish to see , and above all, creating and sustaining energy in others in the organization. These foundational traits of the innovative leader constitute the terra firma underlying the journey to innovation.

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. Successful products, services, strategies, and business models now have a shorter shelf-life than ever before in business history, which means that “innovate or die” is not just a cute bumper sticker; it’s a brutal reality of twenty-first century competition. And who better to learn them from than the innovation leaders themselves?

3 Powerful Strategies That Will Help Boost Collaboration Inside Your Organization

Tanveer Naseer

Unfortunately, there’s a common mistake many leaders make about promoting collaboration, a mistake that I reveal alongside 3 powerful strategies to boost collaboration in this fifth edition of my podcast feature, Leadership Espresso Shot. Leadership Leadership Biz Cafe Recent Posts collaboration communication creativity innovation leadership perspective purpose trustDriving collaborative efforts in today’s workplaces has certainly become a key focus for many leaders.

Stop Numerator Thinking: Innovating Your Service Experience

Lead Change Blog

They cultivate, grow, innovate and invest. So, what if you created a collection of powerful YouTube videos on your area everyone could not wait to see? Pretty good service is not your ticket to avoiding the blade, innovative service is. And, innovative service is the creation of unexpected experiences that get people positively remarking. What happens to most staff and support units when budget time rolls around?

Approach to Innovation

Coaching Tip

Today's conventional wisdom says to survive, companies must move beyond incremental innovation and invest in radical, disruptive innovation. In "THE POWER OF LITTLE IDEAS" , Wharton professor David Robertson examines an approach to innovation; one that is neither incremental nor disruptive. This low-risk, high-reward strategy is an approach to innovation that all companies should recognize and apply when it will give them a competitive advantage.

Innovation Begins (and remains) at the Top

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post By John Sweeney: Innovation is foundational to business leadership. We empower individuals across disciplines to evaluate, orchestrate, strategize, create and hire, but most importantly, we empower others to innovate. But for innovation, responsibility begins and remains at the highest levels of leadership. Empowering innovation begins with our everyday behavior, outlook, commitment and openness to new thinking. empowerment innovation John Sweeney

Leaders, Want To Master Innovation? Then Get Funny!

Tanveer Naseer

So to get the most out of innovation processes such as design thinking, truly creative leaders also need to master the social dynamics of… [wait for the punchline}…humor! We have witnessed that skilled leaders, those we call “Stand-Up Strategists”, understand the utility of humor to boost innovation. It is therefore not surprising that business leaders who score high in the effective use of humor as a tool to boost innovation also tend to score high in emotional intelligence.

Respect, Power & Knowledge

Mills Scofield

In watching the debate, if it can be called that, last night, 3 things hit me – Respect (or lack thereof), Power (or illusion of) and Knowledge (or lack thereof). Power : Obama and Romney talk about what they are going to do, without many specifics, as if it were all in their control. While the president can influence these decisions, in essence, he is ‘powerless’ given the constitution (which demonstrates the power of influence).

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The Power of #RCUS

Mills Scofield

Thank you BIF for chatting with me about the power of #RCUS and BIF! BIF10 Business Innovation Factory Business Models Culture Innovation John Hagel Leadership Networking Saul Kaplan Strategy Can''t wait for BIF10 !!! The BIF Summit is the ultimate interdisciplinary happening.".

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Creating a Winning Corporate Culture Through People Power

Great Leadership By Dan

5 Tips to a Winning Work Culture: The Power of People Make your people feel that they are the heart and soul of your culture. Innovation + Collaboration Finding a pathway to improvement starts with an in-depth understanding of your challenges. Knowledge is Power Invest in your people.

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Knowledge Is Power. Data Isn’t.

In the CEO Afterlife

How many times have you heard that “knowledge is power?” In every vocation, from academics to business to politics, the knowledge theorem and its power corollary is seemingly undeniable. . Power Corollary: Better Decision-making = Power. The “knowledge is power” idiom was originally attributed to Francis Bacon in the late 16 th century. The “too much” concept applies to information, the first step on the stairway to power.

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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. Structured" innovators are known for conserving resources and establishing the procedures necessary for long-term success. To be at your innovative best, sit back and relax during the initial brainstorming sessions. type Shoya Zichy personality innovation styles

Your sources of real power


We’ve all known of organizational cultures where the managers’ use of command and control is a source of power. Because we are now in an age of flattened organizational structures, global broad based knowledge, and speed of light decision making, real leadership power lies in work relationships that are formed and intentionally sustained. This manager will be adept at real power. You might as well begin learning about how to have real power now.

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Thinking Differently. Enabling Innovation

Mike Cardus

Competitive demands require quicker, more effective and innovative problem solving. Problem solvers are required to quickly provide solutions to increasingly complex problems, develop and design new and innovative products and processes – all while reducing research and development time and costs. Hire Mike of Create-Learning to Think Differently & Enable Innovation within your company and team. Thinking Differently – Enabling Innovation from Michael Cardus.

Leaders: Where Are Your Best Ideas Born? The Power Of Incubation

Great Leadership By Dan

He is senior faculty and an associate professor at the Center for Creativity and Change Leadership at SUNY Buffalo, author of Create in A Flash: A Leader’s Recipe For Breakthrough Innovation and President of Innovation Resources, Inc. creativity innovation Roger FirestienGuest post by Roger L. Firestien, PhD : I’d bet you a hundred dollars that you don’t get your best ideas at work.

How To Deal With The Rapid Increase In Innovation

Joseph Lalonde

B link and another innovation has passed you by. All because innovation came and you weren’t ready. Innovation is moving at an ever increasing pace. What Is Innovation? Leaders can get caught up in trying to define innovation. It’s really simple in concept: Innovation is the process of change. The innovation may be: VHS moving to DVD moving to streaming video. Your business may see different innovations happening.

Leading Through The Power Of “And”

Tanveer Naseer

It creates counterproductive limits on our ability to adapt and innovate Those familiar with innovation understand that our sense of creativity rises not in the absence of limitations, but in the presence of them. There’s little doubt that leaders now have to operate in a faster-paced, ever-changing environment where agility and innovation are no longer competitive advantages but requirements to doing business in today’s inner-connected global economy.

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The Number One Leadership Activity to Drive Innovation

Great Leadership By Dan

They know that if they don’t innovate, they will be left behind, the world’s simply moving way too fast. They are looking to institutionalize the innovation process. This means building a culture where innovation happens every day. It means creating an environment where innovation is not the domain of a select few individuals, rather every single person believes they can contribute to creating great products. You cannot tiptoe your way into innovation.

The Power of Surprise


But could we be overlooking an essential and critical ingredient of breakthrough leadership and innovation? In my recent TEDxTalk, I discussed how anyone can use “The Power of Surprise” to break through in whatever they’re doing – and sheds light on this somewhat esoteric concept in a simple, practical way through examples from business, nonprofits and education. Innovation innovation kaplan leapfrogging surpriseWhy do most leaders avoid uncertainty?

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Do Hierarchies Stifle Innovation?


For all their efficiencies, hierarchies turn out to be remarkably inefficient when organizations are trying to leverage creative ideas and increase their innovation. Creative ideas that come from the middle or lower levels of a hierarchy have to work their way up through a series of managers, each with the power to veto but each lacking the power to implement. This keeps the hierarchy in place, but democratizes the process of innovation.

The Power of Now!

Kevin Eikenberry

Consulting Speaking Training Products About Blog Home Blogs I Like Leadership Learning Subscribe The Power of Now! by Kevin Eikenberry on September 1, 2010 in Leadership , Learning , Manage Projects Every leader I talk with, coach or train tell me the same thing.

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3 Ways To Harness The Power Of Differences

Lead Change Blog

Until…there’s too much of it, and its dark side surfaces: lack of innovation, narrow-minded thinking, ingrained and unquestioned bias, outdated practices, and failure to grow as a person. Plus it fuels creativity, innovation, and deeper thinking—the ideal solution to unyielding and stifling comfort zones that hold us back from our potential. Being together again after so many years was pure delight.

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