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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 driving it and enlisting people. Always. Most of the people who commented on the thread have […]

How to filter me-too ideas and leave small thinking behind

This is a three part post on how to leave small thinking behind. In the first post, I showed you a simple technique for coming up with radical ideas. Here I talk about how to evaluate ideas so they don’t fit into the “me-too” territory. On the third post I’ll tell you how to determine […]

Is too much experimentation unproductive for innovation?

I must say, I’m highly experimental. So when I saw the tweet below, I was a little skeptical about the content.

10 Change your course questions CEO’s need to ask themselves

Questioning, one of my favorite activities. I’ve been spotting a lot of it lately, and that’s good. Whether it’s because we are entering the last month of the year or because people are feeling the need to reflect, we need to be constantly questioning the obvious. The obvious, if you’re succeeding, should also include this […]

For Good Strategy Not To Do Is To Be

 Why do companies insist on a one-size-fits-all template for strategy? Is it because the MBA types come in with their unimaginative frameworks that speak to unimaginative executives? I certainly think so. The ones who are at a fault the most, McKinsey, recently published a series of articles about the Art of Strategy. What’s new about […]

Innovation = reducing errors + increasing insights

From Farnamstreet: Via Seeing What Others Don’t: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights (Kindle):

What are the common sources of resistance to change?

Scott Berkun has a great quote about resistance to ideas: The default state of an idea is non-adoption. Reflecting on this quote, it useful to consider why that is so. For many reasons, people, in any arena, will resist change. That is just the way it is, so it is best to expect it. While too […]