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Strategic and Systemic Alignment – why they really matter

By Janet Sernack / January 7, 2020 /

In my early days at Compass Learning, I designed and delivered a wide range of top team strategic alignment and development programs. Where the focus was on enabling and empowering team members to metaphorically “sing from the same song sheet” – by agreeing to and articulating a common purpose, clarifying roles and goals and driving…

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Innovation is a Lifestyle, Not a Bunch of Metrics

By Adam Malofsky / November 21, 2019 /

Far too many supposed innovation experts believe that measuring activities is critical to success. Maybe. Maybe not so much. At least for the big stuff. Innovation activities simply for the sake of doing something without context and insight from the measure may be in fact very misleading. Persistent growth, profit, ROI and NPV are the obvious measures,…

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The Importance of Seeing it Coming

By Robert B. Tucker / October 28, 2019 /

In my travels this year, the one comment I’m hearing is “we just didn’t see it coming.” The grocery industry didn’t see it coming when Amazon suddenly jumped into their industry and 25 billion in market cap got erased overnight. An insurance company in California didn’t see it coming when the effects of climate change…

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Want Great Insight? Then Experience It!

By Adam Malofsky / October 27, 2019 /

Listen, Watch…Then Do I’ll argue that while most do the first two , very few get to the last – the do part. That’s the single most important thing. It’s through the do, through direct experience that one develops and picks up on the most important thing. Context. Only through a never ending, ecosystem wide…

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13 Guidelines for Navigating the New Decade Ahead

By Robert B. Tucker / July 10, 2019 /

In 2009, after a speech at the St. Petersburg International Economic Summit (Russia’s Davos), I wandered into a  panel discussion on the topic of trade wars, led by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. My thought was: “why this topic?” Trade wars were not on most people’s radar, certainly not mine. But the question is: should they have been? I’ve…

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Innovation: Don’t flirt if you don’t mean business

By Michael Graber / June 22, 2019 /

“This has been the most energized, inspired day in my long career here,” proclaimed a Senior Director of R&D of a durable goods company, “but it will be a complete waste of time if the company doesn’t launch any of these products or services.” His comments resounded with prophetic pomp, a sad vocal thunder. Everyone…

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Creating Collaborative Workplace Cultures

By Janet Sernack / May 14, 2019 /

Some CEO’S, executive teams and leaders mistakenly assume that organizational culture is simply a social phenomenon that they have no control over, and cannot impact. Yet, according to Gallup, CEO’s, executive teams and leaders are the key catalysts towards creating a collaborative workplace culture. This is because culture is more about connecting with & sharing people’s…

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The Leadership Gap in Innovation

By Jesse Nieminen / February 20, 2019 /

A vast majority of executives, more than 80% according to sources, consider innovation to be paramount for the future success of their organization. Yet, very few of them are succeeding in it. A McKinsey study, for example, puts the number of executives who are satisfied with their innovation performance at 6%. There’s clearly a huge…

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Three Phases of Embedding Innovation

By Michael Graber / December 29, 2018 /

Failure is real and should be feared. Ironically, fear of failure is the most potent saboteur. This is a fact proven time and time again in the world of innovation. Many expensive and time-consuming efforts to build innovation capability and capacity inside of organizations fail for a few simple reasons. Either they import a framework…

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Surviving & Thriving in the Entrepreneur’s Game

By Janet Sernack / December 25, 2018 /

I was shocked to see in my calendar that it’s exactly 30 years since I exited my corporate career as a top retail executive at the now defunct Coles-Myer Group. I also realized that it’s also my 30-year anniversary as a serial entrepreneur who is not only still in a SME business, but is ploughing…

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