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Hiring and managing for brilliance

Want game-changing ideas and execution? Hire misfits, weirdos, black sheep, difficult people who don’t fit into traditional roles because they are just brilliant. This isn’t a new idea, but when CEO’s say they want innovation, they don’t walk the talk by themselves; nor does human resources. Corporations aren’t recruiting enough weirdos:

Breakthroughs need something to break through

Quick, make a list of the biggest and boldest projects in your company. How many make you uncomfortable? If none of them hit you in the gut and make you gasp for air, then you have a serious issue on your hands. Here’s why “being uncomfortable” is a good sign that you are on the [...]

Do corporates really want to innovate like a startup?

Here’s a good question on the Innovation Excellence LinkedIn group… My answer is no. Here are a few reasons why:

In organizations where trust exists, ideas trump hierarchy

Be wary of anyone who believes the trad'l org pyramid will be an effective form of human organization in the future–'cause they're wrong. — Gary Hamel (@profhamel) August 6, 2014 One of the best articles I’ve read about culture and innovation is from HBR: First, fire all the managers. Written by Gary Hamel, it’s a [...]

Delta Innovation Class: a case of making the common uncommon

The Delta Innovation Class is a unique initiative where leaders and professionals in various fields share knowledge and skills with up-and-coming innovators and doers in a mentoring program that takes place at 35,000 feet.

As our decision making skills decline with age, how does it affect our ability to innovate?

Much like corporations become slow and stagnant, our own skills decline as we age; unless we do something about it. Nowhere is this more apparent than in decision making…

The best leaders are pattern thinkers

Look at any of the top innovative businesses in the world and you will see that it is driven by an innovative leader. So I was not surprised that yesterday’s post, 5 future-proof questions to ask people in the know, resonated with you. Jack Martin Leith commented: “Great post. Thank you Jorge. A prerequisite for someone [...]