Tag Archives: motivation

Use Or Lose: Nurture Your Talent

nurture your talent or lose it

Call it brilliance, talent or anything you want, it exists and shouldn’t be taker for granted. If you don’t value brilliance, you don’t value innovation. I wrote that post a few weeks ago and it hit a nerve. It sounds harsh, but it’s true. How true?

Here’s an example…

8 Universal Skills The Most Productive People and Teams Put To Use

8 Universal Skills The Most Productive People and Teams Put To Use

Are digital tools really making us more productive? It’s a constant inquiry and an ongoing debate whether the digital revolution is making us more productive. I’ve written before that the digital revolution is transitioning us to the Age of Efficiency, one where technology does most of the decision making for us. It’s great, but it also has it’s cons and more importantly the expectation that it will make us smarter just by it being there.

The promise of the digital revolution is better innovation, higher productivity, lower costs and faster growth. The jury is still out on whether or not digital tools make us more productive, and the implications for society.

Want people to believe innovation applies to their role? Give them a reason to care

Among the many innovation myths businesses take as givens, I believe the most common and disruptive one is “innovation doesn’t apply to my role”. When this is the case in most organizations, and when just one-fifth of employees report believing that their workplaces strongly value them; it’s worth asking,  “Is innovation everyone’s job?” And what would make employees feel they are innovators?

In a traditional organization, innovation isn’t everyone’s job. But in a maverick organization, it’s a given that everyone sees his/herself as an innovator.

The benefits of thinking and doing BIG

do epic shitBIG ideas get all the attention by the media, bloggers, journalists and the like because Big ideas, like anything that is coming out of Google X, have the possibility to create waves of change for society.

Businesses that want to call their latest and greatest invention the next best thing should be thoughtful about what it is they are promoting. Though we can all tell BIG from SAME, there is no shortage of entrepreneurs calling their latest venture The New Thing; frankly most of the time it isn’t.

So, to determine whether or not something is really The New Thing we can use the following criteria: it’s new, surprising and radically useful.

The more precise one is about what “innovation means and looks to us”, the more focused the efforts will be and thus the more interesting one becomes. From a business relevance standpoint, beyond the media coverage one gets, thinking and doing big has other benefits as well:

Innovation must reads of the week: Sources of motivation in innovation companies

Innovation must reads of the week: Sources of motivation in innovation companies

Storified by Jorge Barba· Sat, Apr 13 2013 19:31:17

Sources of motivation in high-#innovation companies: mastery, membership, and meaning. ow.ly/jVBAdRosabeth Moss Kanter
New blog post: 20 Things Good Managers Know About #Innovation buff.ly/ZiIqVaTim Kastelle
A Race Needed To Win- Innovation Job Chasing bit.ly/1739KdD #innovation #innovate #innochatPaul Hobcraft
Confirmation bias does not use the reasoning part of the brain, yet provides pleasure and kills #innovation – bit.ly/10ZrhjvStephen Shapiro
Key distinction – curiosity vs. wonder – active vs. passive, but real power is in integrating two via @brainpicker bit.ly/ZUWZV6John Hagel
This issue seems to become topical again – one of my older posts: Is #Innovation a Matter of Age? bit.ly/YM33MV cc @PARCincRalph-Christian Ohr
Design Principles for anti-fragile engineering, building on yesterday’s #Innochat, at #COFES today – twitpic.com/ciwffyChristian DE NEEF

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