Math is the Muscle for Innovation

John Ferris Innovation, Leadership

Here is something I know is true. Innovation drives value and without math there is no innovation. Now, I have a confession to make. I flunked high school math. I didn’t see the connection, the application, or the relevance. It wasn’t until I entered the business world where I made the link between math and how we measure success. It …

The Buck Stops Here – 10 essential tips for leading innovation

John Ferris Innovation, Leadership

  Canada is often rated as a poor performer related to innovation. Numerous reasons are often blamed for this; lack of funding, lack of tax credits, the Canadian “polite mindset”, not enough skills being developed within the education system…the list goes on.   It is tempting to blame others for this poor performance – but at the end of the …

Leaders, Do You Have a Broken System? Look in the Mirror First!

Rhonda Honke Leadership, Strategy

I had an ‘aha’ moment this week that has kept my head buzzing. If you are familiar with W. Edwards Deming, the father of the quality movement, you likely have heard his famous quote, “94% of problems in business are systems driven and only 6% are people driven.” If you can get behind this idea that problems are predominantly systems …

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

John Ferris Innovation, Leadership, Strategy

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

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 …

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 …

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 …