communication

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    Innovate as a Team? Work on Your Psychological Safety!

    May 30, 2016 | By: | In: Creative Leadership, Innovation Psychology, Organization & Culture

    To be able to use the full potential of innovation, psychological safety within teams and organisations is essential. Psychological safety is the shared belief that it is safe within the team for interpersonal risk taking. There is a direct relation between a psychological safe climate and performance of the team. (Edmondson 1999)

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    Keeping a Fresh Perspective

    May 17, 2016 | By: | In: Videos

    Emerald Therapeutics Co-Founder DJ Kleinbaum describes an exercise that allows his company to constantly re-examine its operations and culture, where all new employees are asked to keep a journal and write down their initial impressions of anything unusual. They are then asked to turn to coworkers with more tenure for an explanation, and possibly suggest solutions.

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    Themes and Trends from The Front End of Innovation Conference (Boston, 2016); And What They Mean for Your Business

    May 17, 2016 | By: | In: Front End of Innovation, News

    I love a good quality innovation conference. There are plenty of crappy innovation events out there, but I have to say that this year’s Front End of Innovation conference in Boston (#FEI16, @FEI_innovation), provided a boat load of inspiration and occasional moments of delight. So I wanted to outline some of the key themes that I saw coming out of this year’s event.

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    How to Implement Design Leadership in Your Organization

    May 5, 2016 | By: | In: InnoView, Videos

    While discussing the role of a designer in a corporate context, Lee Fain (Design & Innovation at Electrolux) and Anthony Ferrier (CEO, Culturevate) exchange views on a number of questions that are critical to the implementation of design leadership: How can design leaders scale their influence? Does the designer’s representation need to come directly from a designer, or can it come from another leader with an interest in design? Finally, where does design typically sit within an organization? Join us for this latest clip from Innoview – a new interview series with a focus on developing cultures of innovation and intrapreneurs within corporate settings.

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    Innovation: Knowing Where to Begin

    April 12, 2016 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    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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    Employee Innovation Training – What Approach Works Best?

    February 29, 2016 | By: | In: Enabling Factors, Organization & Culture

    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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    How Innovation and Authenticity Complement Each Other in a Corporate Environment

    February 17, 2016 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    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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    A Compelling Value Proposition: The Missing Tool in Your Lean Startup Kit

    January 26, 2016 | By: | In: Strategies

    Eric Reis first introduced the concept of Lean Startup in 2008. Today Lean Startup is deployed far beyond entrepreneurial circles and is taking root in large, complex organizations looking to improve their new product success rates – and in the process build lean cultures. This is very good news. Too often the processes corporations use in pursuit of innovation can actually erode their capability to innovate. Still, when applying the principles of “Build – Measure – Learn” to initiating Lean practices in corporations, there is room for improvement…and possibly even for a pivot.

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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.

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    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.

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