You Need More Weirdos

Many years ago, during my tour of duty in the corporate ranks, I worked for a company that was headed toward real financial trouble if we didn’t make some changes. We were experiencing an “innovate or die” moment for the business. Faced with that dire reality, we reworked nearly every part of the business over the… Continue reading You Need More Weirdos

Culture Shock: Rewarding Failure to Eliminate Inaction

Take bigger risks. Act more like a start-up. Fail fast. Be more innovative. …and don’t forget your quarterly numbers. We talk to a lot of organizations who are attempting to build a “culture of innovation.” They want their employees to think differently, and be more “innovative and agile.” Yet, most leaders are speaking out of both… Continue reading Culture Shock: Rewarding Failure to Eliminate Inaction

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How Would You Put Your Organization Out of Business?

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of hearing Adam Grant speak. For those of you who are unfamiliar with his work, he is a wunderkind. He’s a wildly popular professor of management and psychology at Wharton, has written two great books (Give and Take and Originals), recently co-wrote a new book with Sheryl Sandberg called… Continue reading How Would You Put Your Organization Out of Business?

Innovation in Practice

In many organizations, innovation remains an almost-mystical thing. We talk about it, we talk about its importance, but we do not talk about how it happens. The great opportunity for most organizations is to take innovation off of its pedestal in order to identify individual and group practices that make it real. Consider group processes—our… Continue reading Innovation in Practice