Fake it ’till you make it!

Sandy Rozecki Innovation

Three tips to start innovating today. Sometimes in life, we are unsure of the path forward and are faced with moments of uncertainty. But, what we do know for certain is, there are always risks. In fact, we spend copious amounts of time considering potential hazards, becoming paralyzed in the process. Not only does this happen in our personal lives …

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 …

Embracing the “X” as you learn to innovate

David Moskal Innovation

“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 …