June 28, 2017

Minimizing the cost while maximizing the return on investment in customer research is critical to an organization's innovation efforts. The HBR article "When a Prototype Isn’t Enough, Use Theatrical Tricks to Sell Your Idea," offers some great examples of doing some po...

June 25, 2017

I admit it. Click-bait titles often suck me in. You know the kind: "The One Thing You Need to Know About Brussels Sprouts (And it's Not What You Think)".  Oh my God! There's something I don't know about Brussels Sprouts?!? What could it be? If I don't read this article...

June 23, 2017

One of the best people I've known at helping me identify and fix my mental ruts, Dr. Lyssa Menard, recently shared an article that captured some needed mindset shifts we all need to make, if we are to strategically innovate effectively. 

In "5 Mindset Shifts That Are Ne...

June 22, 2017

Welcome to the present moment, where today is yesterday’s tomorrow. Is the day going exactly the way expected it to go when the day began?

Think back to the first time you got the classic interview question “where do you see yourself 5/10/20 years from now?” Are you exa...

June 17, 2017

In a world where disruption can happen in any industry at any time, the value of transformational leadership is increasing rapidly. Transformational leadership is correlated with all sorts of organizational success factors, not least of which is innovation success.


June 14, 2017

Do you REALLY want people thinking "outside the box" in your organization? If so, what are you doing to find, support, and retain people who do?

The recent PwC survey of CEOs points out that "nearly a quarter of those surveyed singled out innovation as their top priorit...

June 13, 2017

Want more innovative ideas? Focus more attention on the problem, rather than on the solution.

This article contains many good examples of how reframing the problem can lead to a variety of solutions -- and many will prove to be better than the solution on which we tend...

June 10, 2017

Louis CK on Innovation? Well, yes, in a sense...

This hilarious rant perfectly captures the dynamics of the Kano Model and the challenge of delivering great customer experience. No, seriously, it does. My favorite line (at least on that point): "How quickly the world OW...

June 9, 2017

Robert C. Wolcott gets it right in his article on strategic planning and execution, "Speed is Not a Strategy." Some quotes that are particularly impactful:

  • "I’ve seen many examples at corporations of 'long-term strategic plans' that are really just operating plans e...

June 8, 2017

For organizations, operational excellence is necessary for survival. Innovation is necessary for really living.

I was struck by that thought yesterday as I ran a new route, which took me past a cemetery. My thoughts were surprisingly not morbid. I saw the etched grave m...

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