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Innovation in the Classroom: Why Education Needs to Be More Innovative

Education is the foundation of our economy. What (and how) we learn in school determines who we become as individuals and our success throughout our lives. It informs how we solve problems, how we work with others, and how we look at the world around us. In today’s innovation economy, education becomes even more important […]Read More »

The Future of Innovation: Where Creativity Meets Data

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle developed one of the most creative fictional characters of all time, a character that inspires remake after remake in movies, television shows, and books. People can’t get enough of Sherlock Holmes. But the reason that Doyle was able to captivate audiences with Holmes is because of his research and data. He […]Read More »

The Economics of Innovation: Valuing Innovation as an Intangible Asset

The Austrian-born American economist, writer, and business consultant Peter Drucker wrote these words almost a half-century ago, and they still ring true today. Drucker had his finger on the pulse of corporate evolution and lived to see the truth of his words play out in global economic trends. “Although the pace may differ,” the OECD […]Read More »

Are You Ready to Thrive in the Innovation Economy?

Henry Ford: the man, the myth, the legend. Ford was an innovator. He pushed society forward, not only with the original American automobile, but also with an energized way to mass produce in the assembly line. He was able to make his ideas become realities because of his mindset to surround himself with dreamers and […]Read More »

Building a Business That Booms in the Innovation Economy

When Gary Hamel says, “Jump,” businesses ask, “How high?” Hamel is one of the greatest business thinkers of the present day, and the Wall Street Journal and Forbes agree. So when Hamel talks about how both business leaders and their teams need to be engaged in the innovation process in order thrive, we would all […]Read More »

The Innovators Network: Winning In The Emerging Innovation Economy

Evidence that the innovation economy is taking over is all around us. With the innovation we carry in our pocket, to the newest and lasted technology we have in our cars, to the smart thermostats we have in our smart houses — innovation is everywhere. These new innovation, and the ideas that sparked them, are […]Read More »

Understanding the Innovation Economy and Its Impact on Our World

As an influential business thinker and leader in innovative management strategy, Gary Hamel understands what it takes for modern businesses to succeed. It is no longer enough for a business to lean on their core competencies, making incremental improvements to maintain an edge on the competition. In order to be a true leader in any […]Read More »

The CEO Innovation Dilemma: Creating an Innovation Culture That Works

CEOs across America are facing a critical dilemma: how to keep up in today’s innovation economy. 97% of CEOs agree that innovation has grown increasingly important over the last 10 years, and 73% of those CEOs note that innovation plays an important role in determining the value of a company. The problem, however, is that […]Read More »

How to Implement the Law of Execution

Theodore Levitt, known for creating and popularizing business terms like ‘corporate purpose' and ‘globalization,' understood the necessity for balancing an innovation agenda with the operational agenda. He also understood that this balance doesn't come easy. The challenge is really two-fold. First, business leaders have to be willing to do things that they've never done before; […]Read More »

3 Examples of How Poor Business Execution Can Impact Innovation

Lee Iacocca has had a few brilliant ideas over the course of his career. He spearheaded the development of some of the most classic Ford cars, like the Pinto and the Mustang, which is just one of the many reasons he is seen as one of the greatest American CEOs of all time. But as […]Read More »

3 Innovative Companies That Understand How to Execute for Success

Jack Welch was the CEO of General Electric for two decades because he knew how to accomplish what he discussed above. He knew how to balance the execution of operational activities and innovative agendas. Not every business leader is able to do this, but there are a few who have. And those few have electrified […]Read More »

The Final Key to Innovation: Understanding the Law of Execution

Innovation can sometimes seem totally intangible. It’s easy enough to come up with an idea that you believe will change the world, or at least your industry. It is putting that idea into action that becomes another ballgame. Developing a real product or service that can be sold or put into practice is a daunting […]Read More »

How to Create a BHAG That Will Motivate Your Team and Drive Innovation

The ‘Dean of Personal Development', Earl Nightingale, earned his name through the excellent advice he gave out in speeches, in his books, and on the radio. He knew how to help people succeed, and he knew that, without a goal, individuals would rarely be able to achieve this success. And this rule is no different […]Read More »

How Micromanagement Can Be the Death of Your BHAG

When you have started your own business and built it from the ground up, it’s normal to have a certain attachment to it and to feel like micromanagement is the only way to ensure things get done. After all, you know your company inside and out. You have a vision for it. You care about […]Read More »

3 Big Hairy Audacious Goals That Drove Game-Changing Innovations

Arnold H. Glasow would know. An entrepreneur of the Great Depression, Glasow set the goal of making everyone in America smile. And he did. He published humor magazine after humor magazine for 60 years. In fact, he was so good at it that publications like the Chicago Tribune, Forbes, and the Wall Street Journal cited […]Read More »

Understanding the Law of the BHAG and What it Means for Innovation

Elbert Hubbard is seen as one of the great writers, philosophers, and artists of the late 1800s. Why is that? He understood that he didn't attain that status solely because of his intelligence. He was able to share his thoughts with the world because he first set a goal to be the greatest traveling soap […]Read More »

5 Steps to Implementing a Killer Innovation Process

Innovation isn't always pretty. It's messy and tough, often frustrating, and sometimes even infuriating. That's why most businesses avoid it, or only approach it haphazardly or reactively. But that's why most businesses are most businesses. For the businesses that want to be changemakers, an innovation process is a necessity. And to accomplish it, you need […]Read More »

3 Companies That Got Their Innovation Process Right

From ideation to execution, the innovation process can look opaque. From the outside, it might not seem like much of a process at all. In fact, it can look like a tangled mess of spaghetti with no beginning or end. But how do you pull out the single strand of spaghetti that leads directly to […]Read More »

3 Companies That Got Their Innovation Process Wrong

Louis Boone should have included this pearl of wisdom in the university-level textbooks he wrote for marketing, business, and economics courses. His textbooks were the ones that educated many of the world's current CEOs, CFOs, and other executives. While some of these Boone-trained business leaders are making waves with their exciting innovations, others seem to […]Read More »

Understanding the Law of Process and Its Impact on Innovation

Innovation. It's how humankind has moved forward. It's how civilizations have moved forward. And it's the key to moving businesses, of any industry, forward. But the search for that key will be futile without following a clear process. That’s why I've listed the Law of Process as one of the 7 Immutable Laws of Innovation, […]Read More »

Is Our Approach To Innovation Dead Wrong?

Is the approach to innovation we are teaching all wrong? Yes! We are still believing that the industrial economy approach of thinking that organizational design, strategy, planning and process development will win in the new creative/innovation economy. We need to transform to the approach of “agile”, experimentation” and “fail fast”. In this video, you will […]Read More »

Incorporating The Law Of Patience Into Your Innovation Culture

Over the last few weeks, we’ve looked at the Law of Patience and how either succeeding or failing to implement this important law can impact innovation success. We’ve seen that, all too often, people in business equate patience with negligence. In their minds, patience is the opposite of what’s needed to make big things happen. […]Read More »

Impatient Innovators: 5 Hurried Innovations That Failed

Being told to “have patience” can be a major buzz kill when it comes to pursuing potentially innovative ideas. Nobody wants to hear that they’ll need to wait to see their innovations take hold and achieve success. Businesses have a schedule and a budget. They have investors and stakeholders. There are expectations. But Warren Bennis […]Read More »

Patience in Innovation: Success Stories From the Front Lines

In a world of on-demand everything and overnight shipping, we’ve all but forgotten what it means to be patient. We’re so used to having the world at our fingertips that it’s hard to imagine, or even tolerate, waiting very long for anything. And unfortunately, we don’t check this attitude at the door when we walk […]Read More »

Understanding the Law of Patience in the Innovation Cycle

As humans, we naturally lack patience. This is even more true when it comes to innovation. We picture great innovations in our mind and we launch into those projects brimming with excitement and enthusiasm. But as the project wears on, the sparkle of a new idea starts to fade, and the pressures of deadlines, budgets, […]Read More »

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