Monthly Archives: December 2011

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What’s Your New Year’s Vision?

By | 2017-04-10T21:46:57+00:00 December 26th, 2011|Innovation Behavior, Uncategorized|

I’ve never been big on New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t find them very motivating and apparently I’m not alone, judging by the number of people who crowd into my health club in January who are gone by April. Resolutions just don’t stick with me. So I’ve been musing about finding an innovative way to practice this tradition. The answer I’ve come up with: Instead of a New Year’s Resolution, why not a New Year’s Vision?

The Universal Challenge of Entrepreneurs and Innovators

By | 2017-04-10T21:46:57+00:00 December 19th, 2011|Personal Innovation Skills|

Niccolo Machiavelli wrote, “There is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than the creation of a new order of things.” He was talking about politics and government but it applies equally well to any new venture. It is the universal experience of everyone who has ever tried: It’s not going to go exactly like you think it will. You will have to make adjustments.

To Innovate, You Have to Believe

By | 2017-04-10T21:46:57+00:00 December 12th, 2011|Innovation Behavior, Uncategorized|

“There are no atheists in fox holes,” the old saw goes. It’s an assertion that no doubt offends atheists, who I assume hold their beliefs with the same conviction as anyone else. I have a similar observation to make about innovation (one that I don’t think will offend anyone): There are no unbelievers among innovators.

Creating an Innovation Mindset – It’s All About the Assumptions

By | 2017-04-10T21:46:57+00:00 December 5th, 2011|Innovation Behavior, Personal Innovation Skills, Uncategorized|

We don’t yet understand the inner workings of our brains well enough to guide the prescribe of innovation processes and techniques. But we do understand what attitudes, assumptions and beliefs are productive and counterproductive. And that may be even more useful.