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Is too much collaboration bad for innovation?

All great achievements came about through collaboration. But, sometimes too much collaboration inhibits our ability to think creatively. Last week’s post about what impedes employees from being innovative in the workplace generated some discussion. My point that managers, meetings, emails and phone calls get in the way of inspiration was not well received because those [...]

What are the key ingredients necessary to accelerate innovation in any environment?

MIT’s Andy Pentland says the best decision-making environment for good ideas to spread is one with high levels of both “engagement” and “exploration. Via the NY Times: The best decision-making environment, Mr. Pentland says, is one with high levels of both “engagement” and “exploration.” Engagement is a measure of how often people in a group [...]

For innovation: culture trumps office design

Innovation Labs, either accelerators or corporate bunkers, are now becoming commonplace. As a result, workspace design is booming. Browse around the web, and you’ll quickly see articles about startups that have designed their workspace to resemble their culture. For established companies trying to create a culture of innovation, this means copying the same design mantra [...]

What specific behaviors should be rewarded to drive innovation?

This is the tenth of a series of weekly posts where I will answer a few common questions about innovation. Please feel free to add your own response. Also, if you have any questions you think we should discuss, let me know. Organization get the behaviors they reward. And this is especially true when it [...]

How can my company use social networks for innovation?

This is the sixth of a series of weekly posts where I will answer a few common questions about innovation. Please feel free to add your own response. Also, if you have any questions you think we should discuss, let me know. Stefan Lindegaard published a blog post recently about how to use Linkedin for [...]

10 ways Startup Weekend can help your company break barriers to innovation

This past weekend I participated in Startup Weekend Tijuana 2. Some people asked me why I was participating in SW since I was one of the Co-Organizers. Here are 10 reasons why your company should participate in Startup Weekend and break barriers to innovation:

Innovation posts of the week: Can imagination be taught?

Can imagination be taught? Yes. The Stanford D. School has been teaching imagination to students who wish to innovate