Innovation Mentoring vs. Innovation Coaching: Which Do You Need?

Mentoring is certainly not a new concept. In fact, the name comes from a character named “Mentor” in Homer’s Odyssey. He was a trusted advisor to Odysseus’ son. Even though its roots run back thousands of years, however, the recent growth of social learning has given rise to a boom in mentoring and coaching programs. […]

Great Leaders Keep Cool Under Fire

Never ever burn a bridge!

Keep Cool

My grandfather had an old saying when I was growing up, “Never burn a bridge.” At the time, I thought it was a strange saying. It was only later that I realized what he was saying. No matter how someone treats you, don’t get angry and never retaliate as to destroy the relationship. Great leaders […]

4 Questions New Leaders Should Ask

IDG (parent company for CIO, Computerworld, CSO, Infoworld, ITWorld and  MACWorld) asked what advice I would give new leaders. At the moment, I didn’t think it was going to be that hard. Then they added a constraint. I had to do it in less than 5 minutes. Watch the video on IDG.TV – http://www.idg.tv/video/79875/4-questions-new-leaders-should-ask For those of […]

New Leaders

3 Big Hairy Audacious Goals That Drove Game-Changing Innovations

Success isn't a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.

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 […]

Developing Leadership Skills for Innovation: The Questions Strong Leaders Ask

The Questions Strong Leaders Ask

Becoming an effective innovation leader is about more than just understanding the principles of leadership. If you’re trying to improve your innovation leadership skills, there are several questions you can ask yourself to see where you stand and how you are impacting your organization. Question #1: Am I involved at the ground level with my […]

Leadership Failures and the Innovation Lessons Learned

Leadership Failures and the Innovation Lessons Learned

Individuals in a position of leadership have a heavy weight of responsibility on their shoulders, particularly when it comes to the innovation process. Breaking the laws of innovation can cause the entire process to crumble. Learning from the leadership failures of others can offer some insight into the challenges Some leaders, in fact, have gotten things […]

The Importance of Leadership in Fostering Organizational Innovation

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Any expert on the driving forces behind organizational innovation will tell you that leadership is one of the most important. In fact, I’ve discovered it to be one of the 7 Immutable Laws of Innovation, and a necessity for any institution looking to prioritize leadership. Over the next few weeks, I will dive into leadership’s […]

Does being like Steve Jobs and being harsh with your staff get you better performance?

Steve Jobs Harsh Boss Better Performance

The late Steve Jobs was the visionary who took Apple from the office desktop to the user’s back pocket. His reputation on stage was as a hard-charging, success-driven leader, and his audience responded with cheers and fist pumps as customers flocked to buy his latest brainchild. What was his secret to driving his team to […]

Having Engaged Employees is an Essential Part of Innovation

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It is hard to imagine that a company can be truly successful if its employees are not adequately motivated and engaged. When you have engaged employees, they take a personal interest in the success of their company. Otherwise, they are likely to do what is expected but lack the motivation to go much beyond that. Without motivation, there […]