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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 […]

Creativity Inc.: what it takes to build and sustain a culture of excellence

Creativity Inc. by Ed Catmull is a humble look at what it takes to build and sustain a culture of excellence, one that embraces originality in its truest form.

Innovation needs intent

Ultimately, just like your business strategy, your innovation strategy needs to be focused. It can’t be all things to all people. It must be able to stand on its own. Last Friday I conducted a second innovation workshop with graduate students from UABC, the largest university in Tijuana. Before we were done, I made sure […]

31 things you should know about me as a leader

Self awareness, the one characteristic that can help you improve very fast. I consider myself quite self-aware, and last month I published a post where I laid out a simple tactic anyone can use to develop culture, think about it like a manual for me. It also laid out some accompanying examples from other people […]

How do you identify innovation champions in an organization?

Unlike scrappy startups, and maverick organizations, innovation doesn’t happen with a snap of a finger in traditionally managed organizations; it needs fearless leaders. As I mentioned in last week’s question-to-innovate, innovation is a team game, and there many types of people who can fill those roles. Today, I’ll touch on the “who do we unleash […]