Diversity is a popular topic. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of articles talking about how important it is to have diversity in your organization. Most if not all of them miss the point. The bulk of the conversation has been …..
You have a great idea that will improve operations, but it goes against the way things are done. Now the challenge is to break through the bureaucracy to get your idea implemented. When you’re taking the role of rebel at …..
The easiest way to get somewhere is to follow a map. By doing this you’re following a tried and true path, one which has been traveled before and has been proven to get you to your destination. It minimizes the …..
No matter how great your idea, your innovation effort will fall apart if the wrong team executes it. Here are three steps for hiring a team that will help you achieve breakthroughs: Focus on skills. Start by asking “What skills …..
If you want your employees to be more creative in their day-to-day work, you can’t rely on Ping-Pong tables, bean bag chairs, or one-off events like hackathons. To encourage more innovation, Harvard Business Review suggests that you foster a sense …..
There has been quite a bit of talk lately about the fate of manufacturing and how to bring it back. The problem is that its the wrong question. Manufacturing can’t come back because it didn’t leave. It changed. Of course …..
Have you ever had a brilliant idea while taking a shower, or knitting, or working out? “Aha” moments tend to pop up when our minds are quiet and our consciousness is at rest. You can nurture these moments by creating …..
If you struggle to find new ideas in your organization, don’t assume there aren’t any. Instead, look at the ideas’ processes before they’re presented. Are they batted around, revised, screened, and debated before anyone with authority sees them? Instead of …..
In China, the Siemens R&D team has designed a high-end computed tomography (CT scanning) device that’s simple enough for health professionals who are not doctors to use. To develop this, the company pioneered a type of innovation it called “industrial design thinking”: …..
I am often asked how to identify the best innovators. People want to know if there are key personality characteristics that determine who will be able to innovate. I agree that it would be great to have a simple test you could give …..