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The sad truth about how innovation dies in large organizations

For things to change somebody somewhere has to act differently... There's a great thread going on in the Beyond Innovation LinkedIn group about exciting examples of driving a culture of innovation. In my experience, it was one singular person … [Read more]

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 … [Read more]

3 lessons about how to do rapid prototyping from the Nordstrom Innovation Lab

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szr0ezLyQHY I just came across this video of how the Nordstrom Innovation Lab created, tested and built an iPad app in just one week with the intent of enhancing the eye wear buying experience. I thought I'd share … [Read more]

What’s your question?

Sometimes an interesting questions doesn't come out nowhere, it requires some serious inquiry and reflection. Defining the real problem is the key part of the innovation process, if you don't figure out the right question to lead your effort you will … [Read more]

5 toxic assumptions businesses make about people

Though business leaders say they want innovation, the vast majority hate the concept of creativity. But as much as us innovators are fed up with this, the truth is that it isn't the executives fault because people are wired to reject uncertainty; … [Read more]

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. … [Read more]

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 … [Read more]