Abandon the Myth That Everything Happens For a Reason and Try This Instead

By Tom Koulopoulos / October 14, 2019 /

Failure and loss are inevitable, but trying to rationalize them can be the last thing you need to do. Yes, I know, you want to recoil at the the headline of this column. Stick with me. The last thing I’m advocating is that life is without purpose. But, it can certainly be random and, like…

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When to pull the plug and learn from failure

By Arlen Meyers / September 18, 2019 /

Creating a new venture, championing a new process or offering a new course or program is exciting. However, statistically, it is more likely you will fail than succeed and there is a fine line between determination and pig-headed optimism. You might not have the skills to do what you love. At some point, you will have…

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We Need to Stop Glorifying Failure and Do This Instead

By Greg Satell / September 6, 2019 /

Over 50% of startups fail (and that number goes up to 75% for venture backed startups). The same is true of about three quarters of corporate transformations, which is probably why the average lifespan on the S&P 500 continues to shrink. These statistics tell a humbling story: few significant endeavors ever actually succeed. So it’s…

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5 Reasons Why Innovation Fails

By Enrique Ramirez / March 10, 2019 /

Today, many corporations are doing startup calls, setting up company accelerators, intrapreneurship programs, tech scouting, hackathons and datathons. However, despite these efforts, many companies still do not achieve innovation results. Getting innovation results is somewhat difficult, but keeping innovation going is even harder. Regular innovation depends on many factors such as the top management’s leadership,…

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Retooling to Win in the Next Decade

By Janet Sernack / March 4, 2019 /

After the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos drew to a close, Martin Reeves, Senior Partner & Managing Director, Director of the BCG Henderson Institute shared his reflections of the event with the Boston Consulting Group. Whilst discussion trended down global economic growth, they also elevated risks on a number of fronts, spanning the whole…

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The Real Reasons Failure Is Important To Innovation

By Tamara Ghandour / May 13, 2018 /

We’ve all heard the mantras around failure. “Fail fast. Fail often.” “Love your failures.” “You can’t succeed without failure.” But why? Why is failure so important to innovation and success? Why are we constantly being told to embrace failure rather than run away from it? We are told often it’s because we learn the most…

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Five of the Most Surprising Statistics About Startups

By Tom Koulopoulos / April 8, 2018 /

Business is a numbers game. Here’s how to make sure the odds are always in your favor! How to avoid being a statistic on the journey to success Life is a numbers game, and so is business. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be smart about how you play the numbers. Much of that is…

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Top 10 Innovation and Design Card Decks

By Nick Partridge / March 13, 2018 /

Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies. IDEO’s Method Cards. Sub Rosa’s Questions & Empathy. Idea Couture’s Impact Foresight Game. I’ve long been a fan of design and innovation card decks. I love them so much I helped create one this year – LPK’s Roadblocks to Innovation – shared 600+ sets worldwide and led a couple dozen Roadblocks Workshops. This…

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Learning to Fail Fast through Play, Playfulness and Improvisation

By Janet Sernack / February 28, 2018 /

This is the third blog in our series of three blogs, on cultivating a fail fast culture. In last month’s blog, Cultivating a Fail Fast Culture – as a manifestation of learning & exploration we explored what it means to take a reflective stance, to use the experience of failure to support ourselves and others…

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Cultivating a Fail Fast Culture – Manifesting learning and exploration

By Janet Sernack / January 18, 2018 /

This is the second blog in a series of 3 blogs, by Janet Sernack, on cultivating a fail fast culture. In my previous blog “What does it mean to cultivate a fail fast organizational culture” I shared what typically happens when people experience failure, and how important it is to uncouple people’s fears about failure…

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