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What World Cup winner Germany can teach us about developing a culture of excellence

Picture: EPA The 2014 World Cup has ended! For me it was one of the most memorable, the first round alone is worth watching again. Anyway, the Germans won. And they have lots to teach us about developing a culture of excellence, no matter what people say about their “efficient” driven culture. Here are a […]

CRAP is the real killer of innovation

Executives want innovation. They constantly ask themselves “how can we be more innovative?’. But, that’s the wrong way to look at it. Rather, they should ask themselves “what kills innovation?”. 

So what? Finding a hook for your idea is an innovation imperative

Innovative ideas, initiatives, products, culture transformations, have little chance to succeed if they aren’t enabled by smart communications. And it all starts with a simple and easily understood message.  I’m in the process (pre-production) of co-producing a film with a Director friend of mine. The idea for the film wasn’t mine, so one of the […]

Innovators must embrace conflict, not avoid it

How do you change someone’s mind if you think you are right and they are wrong? Ah yes, a situation us innovators find ourselves in all the time. Yesterday I tweeted a link to an article on Mind Hacks about the best way to win an argument. Basically, it comes down to explaining yourself:

Innovation begins in the heart

How diluted has the word innovation become that, on top of confusing it with anything new, we rationalize why we should innovate. Here are a few: Let’s innovate so we can grow our business, otherwise we won’t!; Let’s innovate so we can eek out a little more revenue from existing products and services; Let’s innovate […]

People follow people, not frameworks

Social networks and social media have given voice to the voiceless, it’s a beautiful thing. More people can post stuff through the various channels we have at our disposal for the various types of media we can use to communicate. But, counter to what it has enabled us to do it’s also brought less critical […]

Ed Catmull’s thoughts for managing a creative culture

From Ed Catmull’s Creativity Inc., 28 ideas on how Pixar engineers and sustains a creative culture. A culture of innovation is a culture of creativity, enthusiasm and daring. Not a place where efficiency reigns and where mistakes are to be avoided. It also needs constant nurturing, it isn’t a “set-it-and-forget-it program” that consultants come in […]