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What impedes employees from being innovative in the workplace?

Much like the LinkedIn discussion that triggered it, last week’s post hit a nerve: can employees learn to be innovative? A few people suggested we reframe the question to: Can most employers learn how to stop blocking their employee’s innovative spirit? How might employers let employees bring their passion to work? There are many ways […]

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 […]

Quick guide on how to use Evernote to stay on top of emerging trends

What is the process I use to keep up and /or uncover emerging trends and what tools do I use? Previously, I’ve written about how to create an insights bank using Evernote. Here I’ll expand on that initial idea, with a quick guide on how you can stay on top of emerging trends, as well as […]

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 […]

Can employees learn to be innovative?

There is a frenzy of discussion on the Front End Innovation LinkedIn group around the following question: can employees learn to be innovative? I think this a question many executives are asking themselves, and undoubtedly are looking for a silver bullet answer. My answer? First, let’s get a few things out of the way…

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 […]

Why some good ideas spread slowly

The main challenge for any innovator is idea adoption. So, it’s important to understand both how ideas spread and what motivates people to adopt those ideas. So, how does an innovation spread? For the first clue, last week I published a post where I referenced Alex Pentland’s work on how ideas spread. He rightfully says […]