There is a fine line that separates competence, confidence, and certainty from arrogance. The current contracting paradigm across much of the federal government, while seeking assurance of outcomes, often works to promote and reward arrogance by omitting an innovation imperative from the project plan requirements and bid scoring process.

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Innovation Mandates from the Trump Administration

Transitions between presidential administrations, whether within party or across parties, bring significant disruption to the Federal government, but can also create opportunities. New administrations bring changing policies, priorities, and leadership, and it is critical for government organizations to develop transition stories that fit within the new paradigm. When considering how the transition may influence the government…

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Today, the concept of government innovation has rapidly moved to the top of the public policy dialogue with the increasing recognition that, like private industry, government should push itself to innovate and transform how it delivers services to its citizens. Over the past 20 years there has been growing interest in government innovation and the notion of …

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3 Fatal Flaws Limiting Project-Based Innovation

When people talk about innovation, many of the conversations gravitate towards the creation or invention of new products or markets. Fewer conversations focus on how innovation occurs in the context of professional services that deliver project or program outcomes for clients. In examining the typical life cycle of professional services projects, there appear to be at least…

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One of my favorite parts about writing about innovation is receiving insightful comments from readers with diverse experiences and perspectives.  Recently, a junior colleague with expertise in organizational research, learning, and performance made a connection between my previous article on the need to de-risk innovation and the key traits of high-reliability organizations (HROs).  HROs, such as nuclear power generation…

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