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Look for the foolish invention ideas

Invention Ideas

What happens when “the dumb idea” becomes “the idea that buys you a third home in Hawaii?” Continue Reading

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Management innovation is failing us

Management innovation

“Management innovation” shouldn’t be code for “prove growth and earn yourself a fat bonus,” but sadly it often is. Continue Reading

Innovation process: What’s the real secret?

Innovation Process

The three words most Americans tend to use a lot in business, and almost always incorrectly? “Strategy” would be 1, “innovation” 2, and “entrepreneur” 3. Continue Reading

Innovative ideas: Why companies whiff on ’em

Innovative Ideas

Some of this does involve embracing the middle and lower levels. Continue Reading

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Growth and innovation come from the customer

Growth and innovation come from the customer

Here’s an interview with a marketing professor (Tim Calkins) at Kellogg/Northwestern where he’s discussing innovation and products and revenue growth and all that good stuff. Here’s a money quote: It’s not enough just to look for opportunities and innovations and new… Continue Reading

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No, not everyone on your team will be innovative. That’s OK.

your-whole-team-won't-be-innovative

Managers that I’ve worked with love to do one of two things when discussing their team and its members: Praise the hell out of them and talk about how they’re the “best team in the biz” (80 percent of the… Continue Reading

How can you create business urgency with limited resources?

If a business has been around for 5-10 years and it’s generally making money, there’s usually an established series of “cash cows” within the org — i.e. the things that actually make it the money. (Insert something about 80/20 rule… Continue Reading

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On business innovation vs. tenure

Here’s a concept I don’t think a lot of people think about: we all know it can be bad to work at a place where there’s consistent turnover (people always leaving), because then priorities get skewed and it’s hard to… Continue Reading