Igniting Innovation: Tips, Sparks and Ideas for Acting on Innovation

Why don’t my employees want to do anything?

Posted by Brad Hall on Nov 12, 2015 10:30:02 AM

Human resources is one of our most valuable tools in today’s business world but leveraging that tool to it’s fullest potential can seem like an impossible task. 

During the daily grind your employees fulfill their duties and go about their day and all is good.  But, when you want to do something new be it innovation or just a new project that same motivation and work ethic just isn’t there. 

While something as diverse as the human condition can’t be answered in a single solution these 4 tips will get you started in having truly motivated employees that put forth their full effort.  They will even help to motivate those lazy millennials that are starting to show up everywhere.

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Topics: innovation, leadership, strategy

Conformity in the Face of the Big Bad Wolf of Innovation

Posted by Scott Dunkle on Nov 10, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Look around to those you work closely with. How much are you alike? How much do you agree or disagree on the course of action you take on a daily basis?

One of the most important drivers of success in company teams is the diversity of thought, opinion and experience of it’s members.

When the speed and frequency of your project cycles to meet a company deadline are on the line - there is one aspect of diversity, when in the presence of fear and uncertainty that rises to the top… Conformity.

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Topics: innovation, strategy, fail fast fail cheap

3 Things Companies Can Do To Align Innovation With Strategy

Posted by Jesse Bechtold on Oct 8, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Despite the many books, articles, panels and experts, strategy remains elusive.  Nine months invested in writing strategy leaving three months to work on it before beginning the process again.  Awash in numbers, metrics, proscribed projects and idealistic visions is there any question why 62% of leaders say their greatest need is better alignment of their innovation system with strategy?

Strategy is leadership’s prediction of what is Most Important for the organization, or department, to focus its limited time and energy on.  As a prediction, there is much uncertainty so flexibility is required.  By focusing on what is Most Important, leadership’s prediction will also result in stopping some activities.  How can these predictions be better communicated throughout an organization to improved alignment between innovation and strategy?

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Topics: innovation, strategy

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