The secret sauce to achieve BIG change: Three key ingredients you need to know

John Ferris Innovation, Leadership, Strategy Leave a Comment

With the new year upon us, many of us feel inspired to make big and bold changes —whether it applies to our business, career, or personal life.  At the same time, harnessing that enthusiasm and actually getting things done can be a challenge without the right approach. I have found that, when looking at the most success companies, leaders, and …

The five dysfunctions of innovation: What’s holding you back?

John Ferris Innovation, Leadership Leave a Comment

Building a sustainable culture of innovation in an organization can be like swimming upstream, fully clothed, with your hands tied behind your back. You might be a fantastic swimmer, but even the best find gulping for air gets exhausting.  And, without fail, the aerodynamic Michael Phelps’ of the world will leave you behind in their wake. The good news is …

Embracing the “X” as you learn to innovate

David Moskal Innovation Leave a Comment

“I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison You’ve been taught that there’s only one right answer to a given problem. Think back to elementary school. Recess. Games. Learning. Early on, we learn that many of our text books have the answers in the back pages. If your answer doesn’t match up with what’s …

Inspire your innovation team by defining the mission

David Moskal Innovation, Leadership

“Command and control” was the common management style in the classic business setting: leaders give commands to their employees and expect things to get done. No background information, no explanation necessary. Often, an employee wouldn’t know or understand why it was important or why it would matter to the overall organization. As a result, employees learned not to ask questions …

Stop talking, start doing: Leading innovation to get results

Rhonda Honke Innovation, Leadership

Over the last several years, we’ve seen an increasing number of senior leaders indicate that innovation is a key priority. Good intentions don’t always lead to positive results, however. When it comes to innovation, leaders set the tone – and behaviour speaks louder than words. If you’re not getting the innovation results you’ve been expecting, it’s time to take a …

Prioritizing your innovation pipeline in five steps

David Moskal Innovation

A pipeline full of ideas is a great thing to have. But, how do you decide what ideas are worth pursuing and which can be left behind? Choosing the right idea to pursue can be a daunting task, recognizing the resources (time, money, etc.) that will go into the development process. The good news is that there’s a five-step process …

The top two characteristics of innovation leaders

John Ferris Innovation, Leadership

Having the privilege of working with many great companies, I have found that there are two key characteristics that their leaders display that help drive innovation in the culture of those organizations, regardless of the industry they are in. At the end of the day, a leader sets the tone for their organization (both for the good and not so …