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  • Use Better Questions Like These for Innovation Thinking

    Accelerating change means adapt and innovate or become irrelevant. Without innovation thinking and a willingness to try new things, you won’t survive. Innovation requires big and bold new ways of thinking, trial and error and the potential for mistakes. People hate making mistakes.   Every time I trot out my permission to be wrong coupons in workshops, they trigger a nervous laugh. At the root of peoples’ discomfort? Cynicism, judgement and fear of being

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  • Transformational leadership style: Why CEOs don’t innovate

    Why don’t CEO’s innovate? The transformational leadership style needed for innovation includes leadership skills beyond effective plan execution. A global survey reviewed in the Harvard Business Journal said this about innovation in organizations: The problem? Most employees believe that management does not inspire them to do great work — or give them the opportunity to do so. Fewer than half of those in

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  • Change Management Strategy:Tactics for Disrupted Organizations

    Disrupted? Here’s a 50,000-foot view of what that looks like. There are three fields of influence you need to consider for engaging disrupted organizations: • The way things were • Where you are today (in-between what used to work and what is still forming) • What evolves from new possibilities Simple? Not really when you are on the ground reacting to

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  • Disrupted? Managing Change More Effective with Soft Skills

    Leaders who use soft skills when managing change equip folks to handle the underlying currents of disruption. Why don’t more organizations value  leadership soft skills?  I think it’s because they are so busy reacting to rapid change they aren’t taking time to assess their new environment from a 50,000-foot perspective. This is what disruption looks like from 50,000-feet. The mistake organizations make is acting like each environment calls for the same actions. That’s

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  • Don’t Let Your Budget Process Derail Innovative Thinking

    Disrupted organizations relying on scale for growth reach a tipping point when efficiency without innovation sets them up for collapse instead of authentic growth. If you’re looking for innovative thinking, it’s probably time to disrupt your budget process. Don’t let the way you budget blind you to new opportunity. The best time to prepare for new thinking is before you begin “your process”. Unfortunately tight controls stifle

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