How to Take Advantage of Future Trends Earlier Than Your Competition

The future doesn’t just appear, it is constantly developing. By looking for, by listening for clues to how the future is developing you won’t be surprised by it. And, instead of simply reacting to a changing world, you can anticipate future developments, help influence and shape those developments and leverage them earlier than your competition. You’re probably wondering how. Most…

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Great Ideas Are Yours to Steal

Are you interested in a source of new ideas that are proven to work and that don’t cost you anything? They’re available through a process I call Borrow & Bend. One of the best ways to make breakthrough improvements at your own organization is to borrow ideas from other industries and disciplines then bend those ideas to fit your needs….

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Leadership is a Foul-weather Job

Great leadership looks easy when it’s smooth sailing and everybody’s happy. It’s during storms that a leader’s true colors are revealed. The environment that both a boat and business operate in is constantly changing—the physical environment of wind, waves and weather; the competitive environment; and the economic and regulatory environment. Both the business leader and boat skipper must exercise choice…

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What I Learned About Product Development from Ordering a Pizza

Think of the last time you ordered a pizza for carry-out or delivery. Did you order a pizza or did you specifically order a hot pizza? When I’ve asked this question in my innovation workshops, 999 attendees out of a thousand say they just order a pizza. They expect it to come hot. Expected Outcomes Your customers also have similar…

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Asking For Ideas Is Bad For Innovation

When you follow the same innovation path as most organizations, two-thirds of your new products, new services and new ideas are likely to fail. When you follow the innovation principles and process outlined below, you’re much more likely to see 84 percent or more of your new products, new services, new ideas succeed. Most organizations looking for ideas that produce…

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Stop Punishing Your Team For Sharing Their Ideas

You’re sitting on a gold mine of innovative ideas for: Disruptive new products and services More efficient approaches to using company resources How to keep minor glitches from becoming costly crises Ways to improve processes, customer service, and product design How to better connect with customers and deliver their business objectives And those ideas are all within your employees’ heads….

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