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Tough Calls

By | 2017-04-10T21:47:11+00:00 October 11th, 2010|Innovation Strategies, Personal Innovation Skills, Uncategorized|

There are proven techniques that get around these problems, approaches that encourage decentralized independent decisions, which are more accurately predictive, and boost engagement and commitment as well. These approaches emphasize differing perspectives and resist the temptation to force consensus (and the mediocrity that often entails).

Humility

By | 2017-04-10T21:47:12+00:00 August 9th, 2010|Personal Innovation Skills, Uncategorized|

We all know someone who has trouble accepting feedback (And that includes most of us at times). In those moments, what we lack is not just humility—the willingness to hear about our shortcomings. We also lack the confidence that allows us to comfortably accept that information without it taking too great of an emotional toll on us. Those with high levels of true self-confidence are more willing and able to accept feedback not less. The curse of low self-esteem is that it prevents us from accepting feedback and that robs us of the ability to learn from our experience.

Innovation is Fun!

By | 2017-04-10T21:47:12+00:00 June 28th, 2010|Leading Innovation, Personal Innovation Skills, Uncategorized|

Promoting innovation isn’t just about getting people to volunteer their ideas. It’s about moving away from traditional top-down, command-and-control, closed loop management techniques. Moving instead towards a more challenging, more flexible, more appreciative style that’s not only more productive and successful; it’s a whole lot more fun.

Hiring Innovation

By | 2017-04-10T21:47:13+00:00 April 19th, 2010|Innovation Behavior, Innovation Strategies, Personal Innovation Skills, Uncategorized|

Anyone can become a successful innovator, but some of us are more predisposed to creative change than others. Ironically, companies tend to stack the deck against their own innovation efforts by predominantly hiring those who are most conformist and most competent at doing what’s already being done, rather than those who embrace new ideas.

Asking Questions

By | 2010-04-12T07:00:30+00:00 April 12th, 2010|Innovation Behavior, Personal Innovation Skills, Uncategorized|

In science, there’s always another question. No matter how many questions a good researcher answers, or how much data is gathered, there are always more things to ask. In fact, there seems to be a geometric relationship between answers and questions, with each answer prompting multiple new questions. Richer, more subtle, more complex questions. Sometimes [...]

Innovation vs. Education

By | 2010-03-29T07:00:57+00:00 March 29th, 2010|Innovation Behavior, Personal Innovation Skills, Uncategorized|

Life is not a multiple-choice test and neither is business. The insights we need are not found in brief lists of options. Knowing what worked last time isn’t the same as knowing how to face a new challenge or find a new solution. It doesn’t give someone the courage to experiment, or the confidence to chart a new path. Indeed, the surest way to short circuit innovative thinking is to conclude that you already have the answer.

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