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The power of bringing in an outsider for innovation

Nilofer Merchant, CEO of Rubicon Consulting, argues that if organizations want to be innovative they should stop hiring the same type of people just to meet the requirements of the job position: It seems to me we ought to also know how to get diverse points of view into the system, because that is what [...]

Why some people tolerate failure more than others

There are a number of reasons why I liked the Knowing vs. Learning Business Week article by G. Michael Maddock and Raphael Louis Vitón, not only are they right on but they also touch on a very important topic: The reason why some people tolerate failure more than others.   If you’ve read Carol Dweck’s [...]

To see the invisible make distinctions

Creative thought is about looking at what everyone else has looked at and seeing something new. Observing is making distinctions, noticing things, seeing something that’s not obvious.

New ideas don’t drop from the sky. They’re already here

Thinking is making distinctions and new ideas come from making sense of these distinctions. ‘I find it difficult to get new ideas, you always seem to come up with ideas so you do it’. This is something I hear all the time, it’s not difficult to get new ideas is. Check out what happened to [...]

One question to ask yourself everyday to trump the status quo

Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. – William Faulkner You know the future looks very different than it does today, your business needs to evolve to meet the challenges of tomorrow. What brought you success yesterday might not work tomorrow, you need to keep [...]

Effort as a game-changer

Do you know what else is a game-changer? Effort.   Check out Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo’s effort at the 18 second mark of last night’s win over the Magic, Kevin Garnett described it as a "pure, I-want-it-more-than-you type of play." This play right here completely altered the dynamic of the game.  

Who do you NOT want to be?

Here’s another take on a couple of posts I wrote a few weeks ago on picking an enemy and then declaring war on them.   Part of crafting a business strategy is defining a vision, mission and values. One of the problems I see with this is it’s done more like an uninspired exercise of [...]