Organization & Culture

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    Shouting the Innovation Message (Finally): The Growing Importance of Internal Communication Planning

    January 19, 2016 | By:

    In the past year or so corporate innovation leaders have clearly taken an “ecosystem” perspective to their innovation activities. What this ultimately means is that they view all of their program’s activities as a connected whole and driving towards higher-level goals, often aligned with broader cultural change.

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    Clear the Mystery Around Innovation Crowdsourcing: Learn from the Pros

    January 18, 2016 | By:

    So you’re thinking of tapping your employees or customers for ideas. You’ve read some exciting crowdsourcing case studies and it seems like a no brainer. Or you’ve used a consultant but now want to go it alone? What could possibly go wrong? If you’re like a lot of first timers, you’ll get the software all set up, announce the challenge, and sit back with great expectations!

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    Let Creativity Reign When Appreciating Employees

    January 14, 2016 | By:

    Everyone likes to feel appreciated at work. In fact, studies have shown that employees are motivated to work harder when their boss shows appreciation for their work. For most employers, showing appreciation might mean promotions and pay raises, but those opportunities don’t come along as often as we’d like to think.

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    This New Year – Be Resolute

    January 5, 2016 | By:

    Made any New Year resolutions yet? Yes you’re right; this is another of those articles which appear at the turn of the year and encourage you to do more, be more, achieve more in the year to come. But unlike many of those article writers I don’t really care if you take up my challenge in January or July; what I do care about is that if you do take up my challenge you have the determination and staying power to carry it through.

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    Knowing You, Knowing Me: Innovation as Transparency

    December 22, 2015 | By:

    What is happening in the world of innovation these days? In this article, innovation architect Doug Collins reflects on what he heard and learned at the Chief Innovation Officer Summit in New York this month. In short: do not underestimate the value of transparency that the practice brings.

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    Communicate to Innovate: Tips from the World of Improvisation

    December 17, 2015 | By:

    Effective communication is at the heart of innovation: harnessing insights from customers, partners and co-workers, sharing ideas, building upon points of view, advocating and gaining support for one’s innovations all require razor sharp communication. Interestingly enough, communicating effectively is a two-way street. The sender and receiver of information are both responsible for landing it appropriately, and both sides need to actively participate. Two simple, but powerful behaviors that can help increase the efficiency of communication are listening and declaring.

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    Survival of The Fittest

    December 14, 2015 | By:

    Based on our work with pioneering enterprises in Silicon Valley and around the globe we have learned a great deal about what makes innovation prosper. This article reveals some surprising insights on how prepared our institutions are to successfully compete for the future.

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    Toward a Coherent and Self-Sustaining Innovation Framework

    December 7, 2015 | By:

    Innovation leaders today don’t have an easy job. Tasked with bringing Innovation to their organization, they often face a variety of interpretations of innovation throughout the organization, a lack of comprehensive understanding of what innovation really entails, and what it requires to truly embed innovation in a way that it sustains itself.

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    3 Key Challenges For The CINO

    December 1, 2015 | By:

    A couple of years ago the Chief Innovation Officer was just one in a long list of senseless job titles specifically designed to dress up traditional roles. We saw lifeguards become ‘wet leisure assistants’ and binmen turn into ‘waste management and disposal technicians’. While most are easy to see through, the CINO has become a bonafide job title, and a position many leading companies have adopted.

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    Diversity and Innovation – A Perfect Team

    November 30, 2015 | By:

    Please, not another business imperative! Every time I open a journal or glance at a blog it seems as though the panacea to all business ills has just been discovered and is waiting for me to embrace it! One minute I’m being told to hire for cultural fit, the next to increase diversity. It’s no wonder that employee engagement is falling because if I’m being pushed from pillar to post then it’s not surprising that my people are confused……

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    5 Management Mistakes You Don’t Realize You’re Making

    November 26, 2015 | By:

    The dictionary defines management as, “the process of dealing with or controlling things or people.” Sometimes, managers don’t understand why their team does not function cohesively. Below are five management mistakes managers don’t realize they’re making and tips to avoid these missteps.

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    Unlocking Innovation in Business

    November 23, 2015 | By:

    85% of UK workers believe the strategic objectives of their employers could more easily be met through innovative approaches. Fortunately, the innovation discussion in business is progressing. Yet although most organisations acknowledge the desperate need for change, they are still at a loss when it comes to taking action. Workforces are a goldmine for the insight needed to drive change in an increasingly competitive business environment – but this knowledge must be captured to unlock innovation.

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    Enhancing a Startup Culture in a Corporate Environment

    November 17, 2015 | By:

    There is little doubt that startups are dominating leadership discussion in many sectors of the economy, and have even become a source of admiration in popular culture. Whether driven by the hopes of “unicorn” valuations and lucrative exits or by the desire for more informal, collegial working environments, startups are more prevalent and attractive to existing and potential employees than ever. In fact, in a recent Accenture survey, only 15% of the class of 2014 would “prefer” to work for a mature, established organization.

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    5 Great Ways to Ignite Your Team’s Energy

    October 29, 2015 | By:

    There are always periods when, as a manager, you might feel that your team members aren’t as productive as they could be, when their morale seems a little low or when they don’t seem as fully engaged with their work as you would like them to be. This can lead to them leaving the company if the situation becomes really bad, which costs the company both money and time spent either hiring a replacement or training a current employee to replace them.

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    Innovation Decimation: Refined Sugar and the iPhone

    October 27, 2015 | By:

    I see no value in waiting until New Year’s Day to resolve to improve myself. “Now is as good as time as any,” makes more sense to me. Last month I resolved to make two changes which, if I succeed in maintaining the alterations, promise to benefit me. In this article, I share my view on these changes, the immediate effect they have had on me, and their relation to the practice of collaborative innovation.

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