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How to think what no one else thinks

-+*Want to think what nobody has ever thought? Easy, question assumptions. There comes a moment in time where everyone agrees with everybody about pretty much everything. For any sized organization that are focused on creating a culture of relentless innovation, hardened dogma is an innovation obstacle they must overcome.

Don’t be the best, be the only one

-+*A couple of weeks ago I asked if corporates really want to innovate like startups. One of the obstacles corporates have towards innovating like startups is overcoming their myopic view of competition: me-too-ism.

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.