A proven technique to make innovation happen

David Moskal Innovation

Six actions to drive innovation and six to avoid… Undeniably, organizations are realizing the need for innovation to sustain growth, but teams and individuals are hindered by believing they are not innovative. Well the truth is, you don’t need to be Steve Jobs to make it happen. If a person is willing, they can innovate if the right system is …

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 …

Let the ideas fly.

David Moskal Innovation

We’re using paper airplanes to unleash innovation. Just like Ricky Bobby said, “If you ain’t first, you’re last!” If someone else beats you to the punch, you’ll be missing out on a huge opportunity. So, how can we push for speed while innovating? The answer, PDSA cycles. During an innovation project, we push to run these cycles as quickly as …

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 …