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. Creativity & Innovation

How To Become An Innovative Leader

Joseph Lalonde

As a leader, they’re looking to you to be an innovative leader. The big question is: How do I become an innovative leader? We’re going to see where innovation comes from and how you can use innovation in your leadership. What Is Innovation?

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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.

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?

7 Easy Ways to Encourage Innovation on Your Team

Ron Edmondson

Most leaders want to lead an innovative organization. As leaders, we can’t force innovation. We can’t mandate innovative people. And, if our people haven’t been innovative in a while, then there may not be much innovation going on in our world.

Five Leadership Actions that Unleash Innovation

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In today’s global economy, leaders have to be relentlessly innovative. Jeffrey Phillips, author and consultant on business innovation, cites four reasons why innovation is more critical than ever before: Shorter product lifecycles Reduced barriers to trade Increased access to information Lower costs of entry Yet the failure rate of innovation is high.

One Compelling Question for Innovators

Lead on Purpose

Aside from the exciting product idea to heat and cool … Continue reading → Innovation Product Management Techology discover Great work observe products Guest post by David Sturt for Lead on Purpose blog I recently came across a story in Wired magazine about a radically new technology being developed for heating and cooling.

Making Sense of Speed, Agility and Innovation

Leading Blog

If you can simply accelerate the current activities, products and strategies that your business implements, will that help you win in the future? Or, think about innovation. Everyone knows innovation is important. But again, if you can innovate successfully, is that enough? In our book OutManeuver we detail a new competitive strategy that leverages speed, agility, insight and innovation to win the most at the least possible cost.

Dinosaurs, Big Consulting Firms and Disruptive Innovation

N2Growth Blog

Thanks to Professor Clayton Christensen of Harvard University and his 1997 landmark book, The Innovator’s Dilemma , we have a new way of understanding the life cycle of companies and why some market leaders maintain their dominant position and other one-time market leaders disappear.

The 9 Rules of Innovation by Greg Satell

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Innovation is perhaps the most used word in corporate boardrooms today. Add to this, the challenges of hyper-competitive landscape, organization cultures, shortage of talent and agility to move swiftly and the challenge of innovation compounds.

Trust Principles for Creativity and Innovation

Mills Scofield

Trust Principles for Creativity and Innovation. Combined, this generation is unbound from tradition while focused on innovation and creativity to construct better gadgets, apps, mindsets, and art. An evenness is required to create and innovate in more meaningful and productive ways.

The Perils of Being an Early Innovator

Lead Change Blog

Some time ago it was brought to my attention that I’m an innovator — the type of person whose ideas are generally pretty far ahead of the curve, before the market is ready for my innovation. ” Early Adopter vs. Early Innovator. The Innovator’s Impediments.

How to Double Your Productivity

Ron Edmondson

How do you double your chance of being productive? What tips do you have for being more productive? One Secret to Having a More Productive Week. Innovation Leadership Life Plan

7 Suggestions to Encourage Innovation on a Team

Ron Edmondson

Most leaders want to lead an innovative organization. As leaders, we can’t force innovation. We can’t mandate innovative people. And, if our people haven’t been innovative in a while, then there may not be much innovation going on in our world.

Innovation in Practice

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In many organizations, innovation remains an almost-mystical thing. The great opportunity for most organizations is to take innovation off of its pedestal in order to identify individual and group practices that make it real. These processes can potentially be a driver of innovation.

Experts Chime in on Bold and Innovative Leadership: A Frontline Festival

Let's Grow Leaders

Our September Festival is all about Bold and Innovative Leadership. No one has the words “Bold” or “Innovative” printed on their business cards; but Bill Benoist of Leadership Heart Coaching shares that when you look, these leaders are all around us.

Positive Communication Leads to a Culture of Innovation

Lead Change Blog

The word innovation has become ubiquitous. Just because something is new – whether it’s a mission statement, product, service, or business—doesn’t mean it deserves to proclaim itself innovative. Innovation is not about doing an old thing in a new way.

Leading Teams Toward Success Using People, Products, and Profits

Leading Blog

This si a post by Ken Goldstein, author of Endless Encores : Repeating Success Through People, Products, and Profits. I've written the words People, Products, Profits (In That Order!) Like the words Think Different, People-Products-Profits is part management philosophy, part rallying cry, and in an aspirational context, part religion. Leading through People, Products, and Profits means committing to the idea that talent is a priori to all success.

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.

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Leadership Biz Cafe Podcast #14 – Matthew E. May On How To Encourage Creativity & Innovation

Tanveer Naseer

In today’s increasingly competitive, global market, it’s understandable why so many leaders are trying to figure out how to foster innovation in their organizations. He is also the founder of Edit Innovation , an ideas agency based in Los Angeles, California.

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Innovation High-Five

Mills Scofield

By Tim Kippley: Jeff Bezos, one of the planet’s greatest innovators, once said that: “You need a culture that high-fives small and innovative ideas and senior executives [that] encourage ideas.” ” The Value of Innovation at Geneca.

Five ways to create a culture of innovation

Strategy Driven

Does your business have a culture in which innovation thrives? Building a culture of innovation is hard work. However, the scientific research into how to create a culture where innovation thrives is both plentiful and precise.

Why Innovation is not "Invented Here"

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Beyond alarming questions of what is "fair" to the innovators themselves, few have considered how these human capital controls might impact the quality and quantity of innovation--and ultimately economic growth. We need diverse social and professional connections to innovate.

The Wrong Way To Innovate: When Unrealistic Expectations Meet Antiquated Management

Strategy Driven

Innovation has always been culturally synonymous with ‘the latest and greatest’, the ‘next big thing’, and on the surface this true. Companies like to rollout their innovations at trade shows and industry events to garner attention and praise for their good work. Innovation luminaries like Coca Cola, General Electric, Shell Oil innovate effectively because they have structural elements in common, and they work to avoid a number of key pitfalls executing innovation work.

10 Practices That Drive Innovation

LDRLB

Innovation means more than just new products or services. It means improving the process of creating those products, or selling them, or experiencing them, or even improving the ways we manage the people who do all of the above. Promote Innovation as an Organizational Value.

Innovating The Brick-and-Mortar Injustice Infrastructure

Mills Scofield

This week''s post is by Andy Posner , Co-Founder & Executive Director of Capital Good Fund ( CGF ), a non-profit microfinance organization targeting the root causes of poverty through innovative micro-loans and personal financial coaching.

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. There are amazing young people usurping government’s roles in productive, efficient and effective ways.

What Is Beyond Control? New Ways For Benevolent Leaders To Innovate.

Strategy Driven

Millennials and younger generations don’t respond to control and a non-stop focus on productivity. Benevolent leadership is innovation on steroids. By its very nature, innovation goes beyond control. Benevolent leaders know this won’t create innovation and expansion.

Products and Services that Address Deep Rooted Social Problems

Strategy Driven

They prove that the most economically disadvantaged people on the planet create a great market for social entrepreneurs – AND provide a terrific testing ground for innovation and cost control. Where it replaces darkness, it creates four more productive hours per day.

Think Create Share – Team Building and Innovation Activity

Create Learning

Planning for ‘ How to Think Differently to Drive Results ’ … a four-day creativity & innovation program that provides participants with a toolbox of methods and skills for creativity and innovation that are instantly transferable to their work. Innovation Thinking Activity.

Ignite Innovation In Your Team

Lead Change Blog

No business will be successful unless its product, service or process is innovative on some level. Innovation is what differentiates companies within the same industry from one another. It isn’t something that can be purchased or built, but it is something that can be encouraged and fostered within a company culture. Just because an idea [.]

Stop Numerator Thinking: Innovating Your Service Experience

Lead Change Blog

Then there are the business developers forever in pursuit of new products and new markets. They cultivate, grow, innovate and invest. Line extensions are the consequence of expanding the benefits of a product or service through a myriad of distinctive applications.

Team Building 101: Techniques to Improve Your Team’s Productivity

Women on Business

Several consultancy firms are beginning to seriously consider this activity for its innovative approach to effective team-building – especially in this age of YouTube marketing and social media. After the research is done and the products selected, each team can create a video or photo product portfolio for the charity to review. Guest Post By Dunya Carter (Learn more about Dunya at the end of this post).

What You Can Do To Be Productive On A Snow Day

Ron Edmondson

If you’re wired like me, a snow day can be very disruptive to what you hoped would be a productive week. I’ve discovered if I can give a few hours to work on a snowy day at home I will feel incredibly productive, and keep from feeling miserably behind when I can get back to work.

Leading a Culture of Innovation

LDRLB

All companies, whether they are successful with innovation or not, have one thing in common: they have their own “personalities.” This last week at the Front End of Innovation conference in Boston, I shared a presentation on the Strategies and Tools for Creating a Culture of Innovation.

Managing Productivity and Morale

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The greatest resource of any organization is its workforce, and balancing employee morale with productivity is the key to creating an environment and culture where collaboration governs and success thrives. As a starting point for the discussion of how best to manage morale and productivity in a corporate setting, it’s useful to go back more than a century. Managing Productivity and Morale. By Guest Author Melissa Russell.

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.

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.

10 Steps to Productive Meetings

N2Growth Blog

I have consistently found the most productive people call very few meetings, and likewise they rarely attend meetings where their presence isn’t absolutely necessary. The simple truth of the matter is that most meetings are not productive – they kill productivity.

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Maximize Employee Engagement, Alignment and Productivity

Michael Lee Stallard

The webinars are based on ideas in our book Fired Up or Burned Out: How to Reignite Your Team’s Passion, Creativity and Productivity (Thomas Nelson).