Organization & Culture

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    5 Traits that Make a Good Leader

    September 24, 2015 | By:

    Whether leaders are the captain of a team, the head of a household or the president of a company, their quest usually revolves around one thing: success. Quality leadership skills are often hard to measure on a daily basis, but their long-term effects are obvious and undeniable. Leaders are a lot of things and contain many traits, but there are five essential habits that, if practiced and pursued in an honest and consistent fashion, can help turn anyone into a leader and enable them to create their own success.

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    Reinventing Capitalism – Making Money Doing Good

    September 23, 2015 | By:

    How do you make money doing good? The societal assumption is that making a profit and doing good sit on the opposing ends of the spectrum, and it is a theory that pervades our culture. In capitalism, one must choose between profit and doing good, but cannot have both. We choose to challenge this way of thinking and argue that creative leadership must be able to find a way to combine the two.

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    5 Ways to Improve Your Small Office Culture

    September 14, 2015 | By:

    Employers often seek cost effective, informal ways to enhance office culture. These strategies usually involve improving channels of communication in very basic, informal ways. But every company is not the same. Small companies have the advantage of creating a unique culture with no visible boundaries. So how can these organizations take advantage of this?

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    The Urgent Intrapreneur Opportunity: An Introduction for Corporate Leaders

    September 8, 2015 | By:

    The power and freedom that entrepreneurs and their startups embody is reinforced through a constant stream of media highlighting success, purpose and (mostly bullsh*t) bucolic work environments. As the global economy improves, business leaders of established corporate organizations need to consider how they can introduce an entrepreneurial spirit. Intrapreneurs are the answer, and this article provides a high level overview.

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    Try Using the Institutional Yes

    September 7, 2015 | By:

    When new ideas are voiced in your company is the typical response ‘yes but…’? If so, you’re really saying ‘No’ and closing the door on new ideas and open-minded employees. Paul Sloane says we could all learn a lesson from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos by implementing the Institutional Yes.

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    Deep Expertise and Divergence: Key Lessons from Culinary Innovation

    September 2, 2015 | By:

    Chefs who work in haute cuisine, Michelin-starred restaurants boast outstanding talent and craftsmanship. Is there a link between these restaurants and budding culinary innovation? There appears to be a link as all the chefs listed in the “Most Prominent Innovators” are in the kitchen of a starred restaurant. We extract some key lessons, stretching far beyond the kitchen, and investigate the role of any social environment on nurturing creativity and innovation.

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    Follow the Crowd or Create the Marketplace

    August 28, 2015 | By:

    It’s follow my leader time for the world’s stock markets. Concerns over the state of the Chinese economy have seen markets plunge into freefall, only for some to bounce upwards again a few hours later. At the time of writing, markets are still in flux with analysts divided on the eventual outcome.

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    The Ticking Talent Time Bomb and Its Impact on Established Corporations

    August 18, 2015 | By:

    When I meet with corporate leaders we invariably get onto the topic of their business challenges. Some reoccurring themes that are increased competition, cost / margin pressures, regulatory hassles, globalization, etc. However, the more recent discussions have centered around one theme. Talent.

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    How Innovation Vendors Are Changing, and The Implications For Clients

    July 29, 2015 | By:

    Over the past couple of years, the services and solutions offered by innovation vendors have quietly shifted in new and interesting ways, with direct implications for corporate innovation leaders. Given that it is the middle of a long hot summer, I thought that it might be timely to outline some of the changes that I see taking place, and their impact on innovation leaders going forward.

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    Heading for Mass Extinction

    July 16, 2015 | By:

    Global diversity is in crisis. Scientists have recently announced that our planet is in the middle of the sixth global mass extinction event and this time it’s man-made. Not since the time of the dinosaurs have so many species been under threat and it’s not just the environmental infrastructure which should be giving us cause for concern.

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    The Paradoxes of Creative Leadership

    July 8, 2015 | By:

    Creative leadership is rich with paradoxes. Creative leaders are driven by their internal passion and purpose, yet they also have an externally oriented, explorative mindset. Creative leaders lead from the front by envisioning a better future, pointing the way and setting an aspiration, yet they achieve this by orchestrating a creative team, often leading from behind to bring out the best in others.

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    How Do You Measure Innovation Fitness?

    July 7, 2015 | By:

    The human body serves as the perfect metaphor for understanding the innovation challenge facing today’s organizations. The body is built to adapt and respond to demands that are placed upon it. The greater the demand, the stronger the response. If you and your organization are going to thrive in this world you must build and keep your innovation muscles strong. We know that only the fittest survive.

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    Innovation Incubators and Accelerators: What Happens When They Go Wrong?

    July 6, 2015 | By:

    I recently wrote an article that outlined a new approach to developing and supporting successful innovation incubators and accelerators within corporate organizations. The article appeared to have touched a nerve as I had a number of people reach out to me to offer their experiences with incubators/accelerators. While I received a range of opinions, I was actually most interested in the stories of failure.

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    Rethinking The Way We Generate Insights

    June 30, 2015 | By:

    Identifying new sources of growth has become increasingly more complex given the myriad of alternatives that new business models, strategic partnerships, advanced technologies, and other disruptive mechanisms offer us. Taking a systematic approach to finding these opportunities means veering from our usual mode of operations to a much more speculative mindset where the learning journey is as important as the destination itself.

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    The Boom – Not Doom – from Market Failure

    June 10, 2015 | By:

    What do non-consumption, organizational friction and market failure have in common? These days, everyone is “innovating” to find the next big thing. But where do you start? One way is to try and think of innovation as having mass, and therefore it cannot be created from truly nothing. Innovation must start somewhere, and it must start with something that already exists.



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