How to Stay Productive as You Return to the Office

Let's Grow Leaders

You’ve learned a lot about how you work and what makes you most productive over the last year. 7 Tips for staying productive as you return to the office (or move to hybrid work. ). Inventory what made your work from home time so productive.

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. Creativity & Innovation

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Reviving Your Business’s Products: Product Revival Strategies

Joseph Lalonde

There will come a time when your business’s products will start to decline in sales. This could be for several reasons: the product might have become outdated, it might not meet the needs of today’s consumers, newer and more innovative products might simply overshadow it.

How Ergonomics Increase Productivity

Lead Change Blog

Few think of the input that workplace ergonomics have on employee productivity. Here are ways that ergonomics increase productivity. One of the biggest threat to productivity at the workplace is an increase in injuries, causing an increase in the number of employees who are absent at the workplaces. However, standing for long periods of time at work is often counter-productive. You can optimise productivity by lowering the number of hours that staff members stand.

Turning Observation into Innovation

Leading Blog

E VERYONE WANTS to be an innovator. Every organization wants to be innovative; it doesn’t matter if it’s a church, a for-profit or non-profit business, or a government agency. To not be innovative is to risk being left behind. But how many of us are truly innovative? What have we done that could be called really innovative in the last year? To be innovative requires a risk tolerance that most people just don’t have. Creativity & Innovation

Three steps toward creating market-leading products

Lead on Purpose

The goal of every company and product leader is to invent products (or services) that become recognized market leaders. Creating a new product category is icing on the cake, but also rare and extremely difficult. We all know about companies … Continue reading → Innovation Leadership Product Management market leader market problems market-leading product category product innovation strategy

Are you a leader in product innovation?

Lead on Purpose

What drives innovation in your company or organization? In a recent MIT Sloan Executive Education innovation@work post the author Eric von Hippel asserts that company leaders focus too much on what’s next based on their internal product innovators, and they do not listen enough to the people using the products. On the topic of who are the real product innovators, von Hippel says: It’s consumers not the product innovators who should be viewed as the new experts.

How to Develop a Radical Product Thinking Mindset

Skip Prichard

Creating world-class products and services is a discipline that some organizations seem to master, and others struggle to achieve. Radhika Dutt presents a different approach in her book Radical Product Thinking. Would you share a few of the product diseases (when good products go bad)?

The Physics of Innovation

Leading Blog

What we were taught in high school science, F = MA , force = mass times acceleration, also describes the physics of innovation. The laws of innovation may be an entirely different application than Newton intended, but tracking through on the metaphor yields pragmatic tips for innovators. Innovation faces the inertia of the status quo defined by team members, organization culture, and whatever product or service solutions already exist. Creativity & 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. In the olden days, work relationships were agrarian and relied on extended family for production. It takes trustful leadership to nurture employees who consistently deliver innovative service.

Innovation and Overcoming Organizational Stuckness

Mike Cardus

Innovation, change, the ability to notice patterns, and try unique or novel approaches will continue to be a differentiator in your organization , team, and self. In a recent webinar on change and innovation , I shared processes and ways to support innovation in your work : .

Is Innovation manageable?

N2Growth Blog

In the years leading up to 2018, I have spent my time bringing innovation to the financial services space. As such it is all about innovation. And now, from a distance, my optimism regarding the sector’s ability to innovate and capture opportunities has not changed. Let’s study a bit about Innovation. Innovation comes in four basic formats. It is however a fundamental prerequisite for an innovative ecosystem. The post Is Innovation manageable?

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.

Innovation and Invention… get confused again

Rapid BI

Innovation & Invention - Earlier this week Tesco Mobile (a division of the UKs largest retailer published a "Top 100 Inventions In History". The results are a not too surprising collection of both inventions, innovations and adaptations.

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.

Protecting Remote Workers’ Productivity and Performance

Michael Lee Stallard

Early on, these office-turned-remote workers may have put in longer hours and worked hard to show they were being productive in the changing environment. Productivity is clearly a concern. Related to that is collaboration and innovation.

How To Achieve Fearless Innovation

Eric Jacobson

Alex Goryachev ’s latest book teaches you how to go beyond the buzzword of innovation to continuously drive growth, improve your bottom line and enact change. The book, published in January 2020, is, Fearless Innovation. Focus on execution of innovation to showcase ROI.

How to Be Focused and Productive in a Crisis

Lead from Within

In those moments it’s especially important that leaders work to keep everyone focused and productive while coping with ambiguity and uncertainty. Model good self-care habits for them and encourage discussion of innovative ways to stay healthy.

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Designing A Product That Doesn’t Suck

Strategy Driven

Product design as a small business owner has to be one of the most exciting parts of the entrepreneurial process. When you start your own business and you finally get down to creating your product; it brings such a sense of achievement that cannot be replaced.

The Mosaic That is Innovation: New Article in TD Magazine

Michael Lee Stallard

According to a World Bank analysis, innovation is on the decline. Given innovation’s role in moving organizations and society forward, what can we do to encourage it? One way to foster innovation is to encourage connection in our work cultures. Innovation Media Appearance

How Psychological Safety Can Fuel Growth And Drive Innovation In Today’s Organizations

Tanveer Naseer

Psychological safety in today’s workplaces has been garnering a lot of attention as leaders and organizations look for ways to boost productivity and retention in their workplace.

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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Innovation Nuggets

Coaching Tip

Innovation is a subject that fascinates and beguiles us at the same time. There are many myths about innovation. And myths in our own minds which often inhibit innovation. 63 Innovation Nuggets will inspire you to develop your own innovation talents as well as innovate new products and services. Each "innovation nugget" is accompanied by a slice of life anecdote or brief case study that brings the point across in real and practical terms.

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. Unlocking Innovation.

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. Bets made on well researched unknowns led to the most cutting edge products in history.

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 [.]

3 Ways to Pursue Productive Failure

Nathan Magnuson

Consider this scenario: Your team comes up with an innovative solution to solve a complex problem in a new way. Ultimately, no failure is productive unless we learn from it. The post 3 Ways to Pursue Productive Failure appeared first on Nathan Magnuson. My new book Ignite Your Leadership Expertise is available for pre-order on Amazon.com. Both the soft cover and ebook versions will be available on October 16.

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? At its core, innovation is a new method, idea, product, etc. Innovation is bringing something new to the table. Innovative leadership means you’re always looking for ways to improve.

How Big Companies Can (and do) Innovate Like a Start-Up

Leading Blog

T HE INNOVATION WE PRIZE at successful start-ups is a mindset that is brought into the start-up and not necessarily the inherent quality of every start-up. Innovation isn’t something that just happens; we create the conditions for it. Big organizations can innovate like small start-ups. While organizational size complicates innovation, “scale if properly exploited could actually be an advantage, not a liability, for innovation.” Creating an Innovation Strategy.

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 kind of innovator are you?

Leadership and Product Management

Lead on Purpose

Product managers hold a unique position in the company: they depend on people from other groups, but they do not have managerial authority over those people (in most cases). Therefore, a product manager must earn the trust of people in the organization and influence them to do their jobs effectively and efficiently. Product management — at every level — is a leadership role within the organization. What other roles are important for success in product management?

Innovative Ideas To Build Better Business Connections

Strategy Driven

Whether you decide to upgrade your B2B logistics to promote efficiency and productivity or choose to maximize your customer services department to handle complaints and questions at any time of day or night, always make an effort to offer the best service possible.

Will mRNA Technology Companies Spawn Innovation Ecosystems?

Harvard Business

Business models Innovation Product development Healthcare sector Digital ArticleThese platforms could become the Apples and Googles of drug development.

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. Creativity & Innovation

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.

How Innovative Trailblazers are Transforming Business

Skip Prichard

Only those who are able to reinvent themselves, imagining new solutions, and developing new products and services to be relevant in the future will be poised to thrive. “Insight + Ideas + Impact = Innovation.” What’s your definition of innovation? Economic Disruption.

Innovation at Bell Labs

Leading Blog

Cellular communications, the laser, digitized and synthesized music, the solar battery cell, the first orbiting communications satellite, and the UNIX operating system, are all products of Bell Labs. In The Idea Factory , author Jon Gertner brings back to life not only the story of Bell Telephone Laboratories through the people that worked there, but the story of innovation—how it happens, why it happens, and who makes it happen.

Learning about Innovation from Mr. Edison

Lead Change Blog

It was a fitting tribute to the man who personified invention and innovation. So, let’s take a moment and consider four things about innovation that you can learn from Thomas Edison. Innovation Is A Team Sport. I read several biographies of Thomas Edison growing up, and they all portrayed him as the lone genius coming up with great products and ideas. Edison knew that when it came to innovation, lots of minds and skillsets were better than one.

5 Innovative Software Systems For Your Business

Strategy Driven

These applications increase and measure productivity while performing other business functions accurately and efficiently. Here are five innovative software systems for your business.

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. People might describe me having “an early adopter problem,” but I disagree (unless they are trying to describe my audience and not me): being an early innovator is not the same thing as being an early adopter.

The Need To Innovate

Eric Jacobson

He says: "You have to be innovating all the time. Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Innovating Innovation Ken Goldstein Leadership Product InnovationI find this advice from Ken Goldstein (from his book, Endless Encores ) particularly helpful. The only sure path to a limited repertoire is not to push yourself beyond the familiar.

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. Who do we think of as innovation leaders?

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. One of the biggest mistakes an organization can make is to take its top talent away from productive activities and sequester them away for a mind-numbing babble session. Bad meetings are not only a productivity drain, but they also can cause a decline in morale and a lack of confidence in leadership.