Organization & Culture

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    Innovation: Knowing Where to Begin

    April 12, 2016 | By:

    Let me see if this situation sounds familiar: you’ve promised your boss that you’ll generate at least one percent growth over last year. You’ve been racking your brain with ideas about how to improve your product or develop a new offering or finding new efficiencies which will help your margins, but the few ideas that you’ve come up with haven’t had legs and pages keep coming off the calendar.

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    The Creativity Delta: How to Come Up with New Ideas

    April 4, 2016 | By:

    In a study of 5,000 adults in the US, UK, Germany, France, and Japan conducted by Adobe about creativity, they came up with some interesting findings. To begin with, they asked every participant if they felt creativity was valuable to society and two-thirds of the respondents said “yes.” Perhaps even more significantly, 80% of them felt that unlocking creativity was critical to economic growth.

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    Innovative Workplace Benefits: Perks Employees Look For

    March 15, 2016 | By:

    One thing that successful companies usually have in common is their willingness to give their employees great perks and benefits. Having great workplace benefits increases the employee’s willingness to go above and beyond for the company, which in turn benefits the organization.

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    Leadership Tips for Startup Entrepreneurs

    March 14, 2016 | By:

    An entrepreneur does not run a business with his or her acute business acumen alone: it comes with leadership skills. Here are some tips for a startup entrepreneur.

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    Great Companies Aren’t Built by Any One Person

    March 8, 2016 | By:

    One of the biggest mistakes business owners make is thinking they can run their business alone. They think they can do all the heavy lifting by themselves. However, they are making a vital mistake. It takes many people working together to make a business run effectively. By failing to see this simple fact, business owners are putting themselves and their business in danger. By trying to control everything, they are limiting their company’s’ potential profits.

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    Employee Innovation Training – What Approach Works Best?

    February 29, 2016 | By:

    As organizations increasingly focus on building corporate cultures that are more open to new ideas, they are examining ways that they can engage a range of employees in innovative thinking and actions. In the past, the answer to this kind of effort was to run a challenge and pat yourselves on the back for a job well done.

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    Misconceptions About Culture

    February 24, 2016 | By:

    Dharmesh Shah, co-founder and CTO at HubSpot, lists some of the most common excuses early-stage companies give when asked why conscious effort isn’t put into developing culture. Entrepreneurs often point to office parties and perks, or the supposed importance of their mission as their startup’s culture. They also claim culture grows organically, or that they just don’t have time, Shah says.

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    How Innovation and Authenticity Complement Each Other in a Corporate Environment

    February 17, 2016 | By:

    Authenticity and innovation are two of today’s biggest corporate buzzwords. They are often considered as separate values, but in reality they have much in common and in this article we will examine the areas of overlap and potential leverage benefits.

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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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