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Enthusiasm drives employee engagement…and innovation

As much talk and attention innovation gets, the topic of employee engagement isn’t far behind. And with good reason, the latest report from Gallup concluded that only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work. Damn! But Gallup also points out that companies with engaged employees outperform those without by up to 202%, so there’s [...]

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 [...]

Getting the small things right is a first step towards innovation

Nobody likes to be rejected. But, there are times when you know you’ve provided value by facilitating clarity. This happened to me recently… Last week I had a meeting with a very public mexican CEO, where we talked about innovation and its various forms. He clearly wants to innovate in various areas, but was honest [...]

Disconnect to reconnect: Important creative habit

Although I believe my ability to retain information is pretty good, in recent weeks I’ve felt like it’s been challenged. So, I decided to disconnect from the one source that provides me with most of my information on a daily basis: Twitter. Information is coming at us from every angle and our cognitive abilities are [...]