innovative thinking

How can we prepare people for a future we cannot predict?

By Janet Sernack / July 31, 2018 /

Haga clic aquí para leer este artículo en español. As so many of us are aware, we are living in an era of extreme rapid & continuous change, driven largely by the technological leaps of the Digital Age, impacting exponential shifts in customers needs, priorities, preferences & expectations that affect all of us, no matter…

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Problem Solving: Your problem may be your best resource

By Rachel Audige / June 15, 2018 /

Testing the traction We all try to avoid the bias of the ‘Law of the Instrument’— whereby we walk around with our hammer and see everything as a nail — but when you keep seeing a method really help people think differently, it’s hard not to want to share the hammer around… I gave a…

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Leading Innovation in the Digital Age

By Janet Sernack / June 4, 2018 /

This is the third & final article on embracing digitization, transformation and innovation. We are living in an era where that is defined by one continual exponential technology wave after another, called the Digital Age. It is transforming everything we do, from how we do business and especially in how we learn, lead and coach…

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How Do You Make It Difficult For The Competition To Copy?

By Shelly Greenway / May 18, 2018 /

Businesses can get so wrapped up in all the excitement of an innovation idea they tend to give very little time to what the competition might do once the innovation has launched. Instead it gets waved aside with justifications like: “The trade and consumers will stay loyal to the first to market.” “It will take…

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Why Mindsets Matter in Innovation, Transformation and Digitization

By Janet Sernack / May 14, 2018 /

This is the second of three articles on embracing digitization, transformation and innovation. In our last blog “Taking the Path to Digital Transformation” we described how leading innovators, R&D and new-product development have become digital endeavors. How eleven of the fifty companies named in BCG’s 2018 ranking of the most innovative companies – including seven…

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The Opportunity Cost Of Not Innovating

By Shelly Greenway / April 28, 2018 /

It seems to be ingrained in businesses to ask, “what’s the cost?” when considering a new innovation, but rarely do they ask, “what’s the size of the opportunity we miss if we don’t do this?”.   Business history is unfortunately plagued with examples of companies that have paid a high price for not innovating. Such…

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Taking the Path to Digital Transformation

By Janet Sernack / April 19, 2018 /

This is the first of three articles on embracing digitization, transformation and innovation. It is becoming more and more apparent that we are living in a moment of profound possibility and enormous disruption. Where the old business paradigms are dying and innovative new ones are emerging, especially creating new ways of integrating people and technology…

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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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When it’s time to think inside the box

By Kevin McFarthing / January 22, 2018 /

It’s a common call – we want more innovation, disruptive innovation, new options.  We need to think outside the box. It often makes sense to think outside the box.  When the usual thinking hasn’t solved the problem, new approaches are needed.  After all, if the same people are sat at the same table trying to…

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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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