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. No Guts, No Growth, No Glory Taking risks is an inextricable part of being innovative. Celebrating innovations publicly is another important activity.

Creating A Culture of Innovation Using Innovation Software

Leading Blog

As companies increasingly recognize the importance of innovation and disruptive solutions to remain competitive, the big question remains: where does innovation come from and how a culture of innovation be cultivated? Creating a Culture of Innovation.

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 to Unlock the Hidden Power of Culture

Let's Grow Leaders

Does the Power of Culture Propel or Punish Your Team? I fell backward off the side of a boat and descended into the Pacific Ocean where I was about to get an incredible (and frightening) experience about the power of culture.

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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?

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 leads to game-changing opportunities.

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.” The Artist The Artist loves radical innovation. What they seek is power.

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. If you chose more items on the right you are an "adaptable" innovator.

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. Sourcing Innovation Collaboratively.

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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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! The purpose is to reduce power-distance. Pixar Animation Studios understands the power of such strong peer feedback.

Thinking Differently. Enabling Innovation

Mike Cardus

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.

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." .

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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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. Entrepreneurial Mindset Power.

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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.

Young Entrepreneurs Find a Powerful Advantage by Encouraging Human Connection

Michael Lee Stallard

Recently, I have been encouraged by conversations with several young entrepreneurs who are tapping into the power of human connection and creating ways to bring people together. I shared these young innovators’ stories in an article published by Entrepreneur.

Speaking Truth to Power

Great Leadership By Dan

The distinction is that we perceive power differently in hierarchical organizations than in other types of relationships. The courage to speak truth to power is unfortunately more uncommon than most would prefer. Guest post by Scott Weiss : There's a crisis of trust in this country.

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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.

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Innovative Leaders

Coaching Tip

OUT THINK: How to innovate Leaders Drive Exceptional Outcomes" by G. These foundational traits of the innovative leader constitute the terra firma underlying the journey to innovation. Shawn Hunter: Out Think: How Innovative Leaders Drive Exceptional Outcomes.

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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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. How To Deal With Innovation.

Rebellious Optimism = Innovation

Mills Scofield

Their story of doing well and doing good is one of the most powerful I’ve seen in blending innovative business models, techniques, processes and social impact. Brown University Culture GOALS Haiti Innovation Leadership Social Entrepreneurship Strategy Virtues-Values

The Power of an Enemy

In the CEO Afterlife

Live a culture of innovation. Increase your lead, and while they are catching up, you are embracing the next innovation. I ’m an extremely competitive person. As a kid in sports, I played my heart out, hated my opponents and cried when I lost.

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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.

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.

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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. Without a viral movement, ideas go extinct before innovation.

Technological Innovation and Management

Curious Cat

Technological innovation brings great opportunity for improving results and quality of life. I think that a capable management system is needed to make technological innovation as successful as it needs to be.

Welcome to Business 2.0 as Powered by New IT

N2Growth Blog

Here are a 5 worth assessing: “Big IT” No Longer Needed : Cloud-based solutions enable businesses to acquire computing power on a “pay as you go” proposition. Communication Innovation Management Strategy Technology Inc Business 2.0

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Collective Wisdom: 6 Powerful Leadership Lessons From 200 CEOs

Terry Starbucker

Did you ever wish you could find a way to tap into the collective wisdom of over 200 CEOs, and find the most powerful leadership lessons? Why company culture is the real “X Factor” of innovation.

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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.

For Whom Do We Innovate?

Mills Scofield

If you ever wondered about the power of innovation to radically change lives, wonder no more. For Whom Do We Innovate? As an engineer, I''m as enthusiastic about innovation as anyone. Braingate Culture Disruption Innovation Leadership NeuroRobotics Neurology Neuroscience

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.

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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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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The Transformative Power of Positive Leadership

Mills Scofield

Namely, there is actually greater power, energy and opportunity in allowing our successes to crowd out the unsuccessful. You can choose to use your positive influence to do everything in your power to leave the world better than you first found it. General John Michel of the U.S.

A Manifesto’s Unbridled Power

In the CEO Afterlife

We’re constantly focusing on innovating. We believe in deep collaboration and cross pollination in order to innovate in a way others cannot. Apple’s Manifesto is loaded with core values – admitting error, simplifying, collaborating, innovating, demanding excellence.

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The Emerging Strategy of Innovative Service

Strategy Driven

Since revenue from customers and the power of their advocacy dramatically impacts organizational growth and profits, assuming “we know what’s best for our customers” is akin to a death knell. You just finished reading The Emerging Strategy of Innovative Service !

0736 | Innovating The Future with Seth Stone


Seth Stone is an organizational consultant focused on helping leaders uncover latent potential and thrive in the global marketplace using the components of innovation. In this interview, we discuss how the most innovative firms shape the future, and how you can too.

7 Questions to Solve Problems and Innovate

Mike Cardus

The power of coaching questions is that they allow the manager to listen to the response, and really understand how and what the person is thinking. Asking good questions and listening is a valuable part of all teams. And it is not as easy as we think.

Blocks to Creativity and Innovation. Tools to Release Creativity and Innovation

Mike Cardus

Blocks to Creativity and Innovation. Tools to Release Creativity and Innovation from Michael Cardus. Fix-it in a way improves upon what already exists and can prove useful to people besides yourself – that is how I define Innovation. How do you define 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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