People & Skills

Unexpected Foes – Weak Links in Innovation Roadmaps

By Dimis Michaelides / September 23, 2020 /

Imagine you are implementing a transformation program in your organization. You have it all spelt out with the fashionable jargon of our times. A new vision for a new business model which came from heaps of Out-of-the-Box design thinking. With entirely customer-centric systems using state-of-the-art digital technology (and of course chatbots, actionable analytics, big data,…

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Five Podcasts That Will Help You Stay Relevant, Gain the Advantage and Win: In Other Words Be More Human in an Age of Technology Take-over

By Tamara Ghandour / February 4, 2020 /

I often get asked questions such as, “How do I add value now that this software can do part of my job?” or “is there a role for me now that Artificial Intelligence is taking over the world?” My answer is always this: “You could find yourself on the fast path to irrelevancy or you…

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A Lateral Idea – Turn the Shop Around

By Paul Sloane / February 27, 2019 /

Consider for a moment the shopping experience for a housewife in the 1920s.  She would go from one small store to another – meat from the butcher’s, bread from the bakery, fish from the fish monger, cans and vegetables from the grocer’s, household items from the hardware store and so on.  At each shop she…

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Interning at an Innovation and Strategy Firm

By Michael Graber / January 12, 2019 /

The Southern Growth Studio has on-going internships programs with Rhodes College, CBU, the University of Memphis Department of Anthropology, as well as the Temple Israel Fellowship program. This Summer my son, David Graber, also served as an intern. This is his story. This was my first summer wearing a collared shirt. More jarring, this was…

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9 Diversity Dimensions That Increase Innovation, and One Reason They May Not

By Yoram Solomon / August 28, 2018 /

Human resource departments tout diversity, because a diverse company will better represent all of its customers. But how does diversity help creativity? What are the important factors we typically forget? When we use the word “diversity” in the context of companies, we typically refer to the following definition: “the inclusion of individuals representing more than one national origin,color, religion, socioeconomic stratum, sexual orientation, etc.” In fact, the dictionary gives…

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Meaning Making – How the Innovation-Driven Organization Imparts Purpose & Meaning

By Anthony Mills / June 29, 2018 /

As I visit and observe what I call the “existential festivals” – events like Burning Man, SXSW, TED, Sundance, Bonnaroo, and ArtPrize, for example – I ask myself, “What are people really trying to accomplish here – besides just having fun?” The answer I’ve come away with – after quite a bit of pondering –…

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Innovation ‘Soft’ Skills Matter

By Jason Williams / June 3, 2018 /

Virtual Reality. Artificial Intelligence. Block Chain technology. It’s no secret that the world around us is changing… fast! But ask most employers today and they’ll still probably tell you that people are their greatest assets. In our rapidly changing world, it is more important than ever for the workforce to keep up with the job…

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Submit your work: 2018 World Creativity and Innovation Day

By Marci Segal / April 6, 2018 /

Show your presence and support for new thinking and new futures by celebrating World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 and Week, April 15-21 every year. You can add your celebration/activity on our site for the world to see.

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Personal Learning Pathways

By Paul Hobcraft / January 9, 2018 /

My mind has been swirling around the significant changes taking place around learning. Not just in the time we have available, suggested recently as 25 minutes per week to stop and learn but in the variety of ways we can learn. Clearly, many of these are digital to construct, so as to apply the more…

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What Product Managers & Innovators Should Know About Agile Strategy [podcast] - Innovation Excellence

What Product Managers & Innovators Should Know About Agile Strategy [podcast]

By Chad McAllister / December 20, 2017 /

Dan Montgomery is a practitioner of Strategic Agility and shares his simple and practical tools in this interview. He is also the co-author of The Institute Way: Simplify Strategic Planning and Management with the Balanced Scorecard. He has helped several organizations create strategic plans and add agility.

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