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Managing the Tension Between Innovation and Operational Effectiveness

Organizations aspiring to become more innovative have often approached us for leadership development solutions.  We would shudder when they also felt that they were hampered by a culture that was steeped in Six Sigma for achieving operational efficiency.  While it … READ MORE

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9 questions to help you understand the need for innovation in your organization

“Can you help our organization be more innovative?” the prospective client asks. “Yes we can,” we reply. And then comes a series of our insightful discovery questions aimed at understanding what they actually mean by “innovation,” plus what they’re trying … READ MORE

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5 strategies to try before you set out to disrupt the world

My last blog post focused on the unpleasant truth that most organizations choke on radically new ideas. I’m afraid I might have left people with an “abandon hope all ye who enter here” mindset. Aw hell, that wasn’t my intention.  … READ MORE

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Does your organization choke on radically new ideas?

Several years ago, at an innovation conference where I was speaking, I found myself in the hotel bar at closing time talking to some of the big names and brains in the innovation consulting field (relax, I wasn’t drinking). I … READ MORE

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Your stance on innovation depends upon where you sit

Do leaders in different levels of the organization have to lead differently? Of course they do.  A line supervisor has very different leadership challenges than the CEO.  That’s where CCL’s leadership roadmap is useful in helping leaders figure out how they … READ MORE

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How to create an innovative workspace

No, coffee is not required. Not that it hurts.  Neither is beer, which can (or bottle). But I digress. People who know me know that I believe that “words mean something.”  So let’s define what “environment” is, since it’s usually … READ MORE

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The top 6 blocks to innovation & how to overcome them

Innovation is a tricky business. Sexy as heck when it works (yes, I just said “sexy” in a CCL blog), but challenging to implement in an organization, no matter how big or small.  Why? Many reasons.  Following are six of … READ MORE

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Kill a Stupid Rule

Sometimes, to be more innovative, we have to stop doing things. Innovation isn’t always about starting something new. It can be about stopping something or getting rid of things that don’t work. We get so caught up in our day-to-day … READ MORE

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Don’t Have a Burning Platform? Set the Fire Yourself!

When you walked into the office today, did you smell smoke? Was your life—or your company’s—at risk? Did you have to make split-second decisions that determined your survival? My book, Kill the Company, applies the parable of an oilrig fire … READ MORE

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Bringing Focus to Innovation Leadership: Part 4, Five Steps to Jump-start the Real Drivers of Innovation

Pulled from the white paper, “Becoming a Leader Who Fosters Innovation,” by David Magellan Horth and Jonathan Vehar We’ve seen that innovation is a compelling object for organizations as they look for ways to grow their top line via their … READ MORE

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