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    How to Achieve More Effective Performance Appraisals

    January 25, 2016 | By: | In: Innovation Psychology

    Roughly only half of all companies conduct annual performance reviews. Of the fifty percent of companies that do tend to provide consistent and reliable feedback to their employees. However, it can be awkward at times to tell someone on your staff that they aren’t doing a good job or attempt to offer constructive criticism without sounding condescending. What are some ways to make a performance appraisal more effective and less awkward for yourself and the employee?

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

    January 19, 2016 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    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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    Knowing You, Knowing Me: Innovation as Transparency

    December 22, 2015 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    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: | In: Organization & Culture

    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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    Going Once, Going Twice, Going Three Times: Selling Your Idea

    November 12, 2015 | By: | In: Collaborative Innovation, Life Cycle Processes

    People cannot appreciate the value your idea offers if you fail to convey its relative advantage.

    In this article, the innovation architect Doug Collins shares a simple, good example of telling the right story at the right time to the right audience. Save this one for your clip file.

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    10 Reasons Corporate Culture Should Value Introverts

    November 5, 2015 | By: | In: Innovation Psychology

    The corporate industry is defined by its powerful, charismatic leaders who articulate their company’s innovative measures through bold and confident public announcements. If corporate culture can be likened to the backbone of a business, then the leaders are like the vocal box. They take the reins during meetings, deliver presentations and speak at a variety of different conventions and gatherings. These individuals become the face of their industry, and would surely be described as extroverts by most.

  • Burnout matchesss

    6 Ways to Avoid Employee Burnout and Foster Innovation

    October 22, 2015 | By: | In: Enabling Factors

    According to a recent Gallup poll, around 31% of U.S. employees were engaged in 2014. Why are employees less engaged? Some of the blame is due to burnout at work. This burnout, characterized by severe mental and physical exhaustion, is leading to a lack of interest, reduced employee engagement and less work being accomplished. Most of the theories that have been devised in this regard suggest that the main cause is too much work and strain, but this might not be the case.

  • 5-traits-of-a-great-leader

    5 Traits that Make a Good Leader

    September 24, 2015 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    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.

  • childhood-influence-on-business-leadership

    Taking a Leaf Out of Your Childhood in Your Professional Life

    September 17, 2015 | By: | In: Innovation Psychology

    The way we develop as children can greatly impact the way in which we conduct ourselves as adults. Our early experiences and discoveries have a significant influence on the growth of various personality traits, such as leadership, the ability to work as part of a team and communication, which can have a big impact on our professional lives.

  • sme-improve-company-office-culture

    5 Ways to Improve Your Small Office Culture

    September 14, 2015 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    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?

  • innovation-strategy-institutional-yes

    Try Using the Institutional Yes

    September 7, 2015 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    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.

  • four-tools-to-support-creativity-and-innovation

    Four Tools to Support Creativity and Innovation

    June 2, 2015 | By: | In: The Innovation Formula

    There are four different types of innovation tools that we’ll describe here, including the design of the work place itself, practices that encourage and even enable effective collaboration, open innovation approach to connect inside innovation teams with outside partners and experts, and online tools that constitute the virtual work place. Separately and especially together, these can make a tremendous enhancement in the performance and the satisfaction of individuals, teams, and your entire organization.

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    Key Abilities of Effective Innovation Leaders

    May 28, 2015 | By: | In: The Innovation Formula

    In the last chapter excerpt of The Innovation Formula we looked at the role of the business leader, including key strategies to communicate the purpose of innovation as well as taking on the responsibility for the learning of the entire organization as it pertains to innovation. Today, we’ll look at the specific abilities required to organize and inspire innovation practices in your company.

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    Innovation Stakeholder Management: Gain Success From My Failure

    April 15, 2015 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    In the second article on innovation stakeholder management, Anthony Ferrier focuses on two examples where he tried to generate broad support for innovation efforts with varying degrees of success. The lessons learned from these experiences provide insights for practitioners to successfully navigate stakeholder relations.

  • innovation-corporate-antibodies

    Embrace or Ignore Innovation Stakeholders: A Perspective on Corporate Antibodies

    April 8, 2015 | By: | In: Strategies

    The accepted approach for Corporate Innovation leaders is to secure buy-in from all stakeholders, in order to secure success. This article (first in a series) argues against this approach, aiming for a more tempered effort, that seeks enough buy-in to push forward.

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