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    Diversity and Innovation – A Perfect Team

    November 30, 2015 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    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: | In: Organization & Culture

    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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    Driving Breakthrough Change – Dynamic Scaling in Four Steps

    November 25, 2015 | By: | In: Creative Leadership

    How did a small organization kick-start a process that doubled the amount of nature in the Netherlands? Siegfried Woldhek used this four-step scaling strategy at the World Wildlife Fund to create a now-legendary example of highly creative strategies that shifted the application of resources on a massive scale.

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    Innovation Fueled by Experimentation

    November 19, 2015 | By: | In: Videos

    Scott Cook, co-founder of Intuit and chair of its executive committee, talks about how a company that encourages experimentation will be guided by the best outcomes, as opposed to the whims of those with the most power and seniority. A leader’s role, Cook says, is to define the vision, set up a system of experimentation and savor the surprises.

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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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    How To Get Support for Your Big Ideas?

    November 3, 2015 | By: | In: Front End of Innovation

    Have you ever shared new big ideas at work? What happened…? Did they give you a standing ovation? Did someone bake you a cake to celebrate? Did you get promoted? Or I am a little too optimistic?

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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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    10 Best Board Practices on Innovation Governance – How Proactive is your Board?

    October 19, 2015 | By: | In: Strategies

    All global business and technology trends point in the same direction: there is a need for more proactive and far-sighted management of innovation. Innovation for business reinforcement and growth – and for transformation in particular – are, of course, the prime responsibility of top management. Innovation governance – a holistic approach to steering, promoting and sustaining innovation – is thus becoming a new management imperative.

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    Orchestrating Creative Teams

    October 7, 2015 | By: | In: Creative Leadership

    “Come up with something new! And make it good.” Have you ever said that? More and more leaders nowadays make this demand. They need something new and creative, and they need it to be good. Mostly because their circumstances are changing radically and their organization hasn’t. Or maybe simply because that is the kind of market they are in. Come up with something and make it good!

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    Shaping the Future

    October 6, 2015 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    Think of the future. Go on! Now tell me honestly what is the furthest point in time that you imagined. If it was three years then I’m not surprised. After all, in business three seems almost to be some sort of talisman. We have three year business plans, 2-3 year product development cycles and of course there is that ubiquitous interview question about where you see yourself in three year’s time.

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    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.

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    Research Reveals Success Factors of Fast-Growing Startups

    September 18, 2015 | By: | In: News, Reports

    Experienced leadership, a concept designed for scalability and timing, is the most important factor influencing fast-growing startups, also known as scale-ups. Only 1 out of 200 startups become a scale-up valued over $10 million within 5 years. THNK and Deloitte conducted quantitative research to analyze the dynamics and characteristics of 400.000 startups.

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    Golden Rules for Receiving Feedback

    September 16, 2015 | By: | In: Creative Leadership

    He had come up to me during drinks after a THNK evening session, on one of those nights where there seem to be no barriers to the topic of conservation. He was younger than the other participants, certainly a few years under the average age of 38. His question, “Do you think a person can get too much feedback?” stopped me in my tracks. It was also quite touching, especially given the earnestness with which it had been asked.

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    The Urgent Intrapreneur Opportunity: An Introduction for Corporate Leaders

    September 8, 2015 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    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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    Follow the Crowd or Create the Marketplace

    August 28, 2015 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    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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