Evolving a Creative Workplace: Step 1

Boxes and Arrows

Behind the scenes, leadership is faced with the challenge of frantically filling positions to meet the escalating client demand, teams are asked to gel quickly and work around the clock to hit client deadlines, and ultimately the quality of deliverables suffers.

The UX Professionals’ Guide to Working with Agile Scrum Teams

Boxes and Arrows

Although UX managers can begin improving relationships between technical and design staff by offering more training in Agile techniques to UX team members, real change will require participation from product owners, scrum masters, and technical leadership. The adoption of Agile software development approaches are on the rise across our industry, which means UX professionals are more likely than ever to support Agile projects.

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Are You Going Soft?

Boxes and Arrows

The transition can happen slowly, but as your responsibilities and leadership duties grow, so will your reliance on the soft skills you have developed. When was the last time you read your resume? Go ahead and give it a look. Read your last job description. It’s impressive, right?


Technology Created

History Innovation Leadership Opportunity Vision Henry Ford history R&D Schumpeter Thomas Edison“The greatest advances in human civilization have come when we recovered what we had lost: when we learned the lessons of history.” Winston Churchill. Remembering history. Should we?

Digital Factory

Technology Created

This requires some investment up front to be sure and thoughtful leadership but the end result is a win-win for everyone involved. Innovation Leadership Software Development Uncategorized Vision digital digital factory productizationBeing a technology consultant is a fabulous job.

Building the In-house Design Agency

Boxes and Arrows

An internal practice that builds lasting relationships, provides thought leadership, and acts as trusted advisors provides long-lasting value to the firm. The first article discussed the pros and cons of different UX team structures. For companies that depend on user experience for business success, a strong internal team is essential. But how do you get there from here?

Innovating When Opportunity Knocks

Technology Created

Simply Innovate : connect thought leadership with emerging technology. Innovation Leadership Opportunity Software Development Vision competing Opportunity Knocks The ITeam

On a Mission or Just Staying Awake


Again I agree, if a mission is just a string of words — Buzzword Bingo without a juicy prize — it will not motivate, but let’s consider a few potential examples of applying a personal leadership mission in attempting to inspire a team.

The 70% – Part 2


It is jaw-dropping how many employees reflect on the lack of leadership and vision they receive from those who manage them, how starved they are for inspiration, and how little it takes to turn a bad day into a good day.

How Fragile Is a Brand?


Business leadership is managing part for today, part for tomorrow. Apple unveiled a bunch of new products last week, including numerous options in shape, size, and price point for a fuller line of iPads.

Blog Begets 100


It’s hard to believe this is my 100th post on Corporate Intelligence Radio. I started this blog over two years ago, about the time I committed to writing my novel , which I announced last month.

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Boxes and Arrows

RE:DESIGN/ is an empowering set of conferences because it brings the design community together as a real thought leadership practice — asking us all to examine the work and actively debate and discuss where it’s going and how we want to help shape that.

Too Busy To Save Your Company


In leadership positions, we have to manage available time carefully, our “to-do” lists are rewritten each day, week, month, and year as a series of choices.

Becoming More Innovative in 2014

Bill Fischer

Leadership does this (or, doesn't), and, as a result, innovative Organizations don't innovate, people do. Organizations that are admired for being especially innovative don't hire genetically different people than are available to the rest of us, they just make different managerial choices that allow their people to be more innovative.

Becoming More Innovative in 2014

Bill Fischer

Leadership does this (or, doesn't), and, as a result, innovative Organizations don't innovate, people do. Organizations that are admired for being especially innovative don't hire genetically different people than are available to the rest of us, they just make different managerial choices that allow their people to be more innovative.

The Nuclear Way: Submarine Leadership Challenges


How would you adjust to transferring from a self contained organization with a command and control leadership style to one with a distributed leadership style? This is where the shift in leadership style from command and control to distributive pays off. DISTRIBUTED LEADERSHIP.

Listen to Employees When Evaluating Leadership

Adam Hartung

A Banks jumped onto the list as #4 in 2013. And, of course, Radio Shack made the list in 2012 (#3,) 2013 (#5) and 2014 (#11) only to file bankruptcy in 2015. Employees have consistently expressed their dismay with CEO Ed Lampert, and 80% actively dislike his leadership.

Announcing the 2015 Global Innovation Survey


This research initiative, a follow-up from a similar study in 2013, is aimed at defining the state of innovation in the enterprise in 2015. Who really owns innovation and who drives innovation efforts - at both leadership and operational levels?

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Never stop investing in yourself. It’s vital for staying creative

Idea to Value

When I first started Improvides (my innovation and creativity consultancy) in 2013, I didn’t have much money to invest. Creativity Leadership budget frank kern san diego self investmentA more personal post from me this week, as I recently had a bit of a milestone in my business.

Why We Are Entering A New Innovation Era.

Paul Hobcraft

Posted on August 20, 2013. It develops a deeper understanding of all the critical enablers around innovation through the leadership engagement that can then ‘cascade’ throughout the organization to align the innovation activity to these guidelines and ideas.

Starbucks Closing Teavana Is A Long-Term Troubling Sign For Investors

Adam Hartung

In 2013, Starbucks claimed that teas drinks were among the fastest-growing drinks at Starbucks cafes. In the Flats Innovation Investing Leadership Marketing howard schultz lewis black starbucks store closing teavana

Key Issues in Innovation Management – Revisited – Part 1

Tim Kastelle

At the beginning of 2013, Tim Kastelle and I identified four key issues in innovation management for the time to come. Leadership through vision and influence, rather than command and control, is required.

Avoid the Iridium Moment

Destination Innovation

in 2013 it had 50 million users – far more ‘traffic sensors’ than Nokia could match. Innovation Examples & Lessons Leadership of Innovation exponential iridium motorola nokia salim ismail wazeEvery company has to make important strategic decisions.


The Future Shapers

What does it say for us as a business and as a leadership team? Well now we are on familiar ground because change and strategy are fundamental elements of leadership. 33% of leaders say they are unclear about their innovation leadership responsibilities [9].

Do 80% of new businesses really fail? Not even close

Idea to Value

One of the most commonly cited figures is that 80% of startup businesses fail within 18 months, which apparently comes from a Forbes article in 2013. Do you like insights into innovation and leadership like this? One of the biggest hindrances preventing aspiring entrepreneurs from turning their ideas into a business is the myth that their company is destined to fail.

The Case for Dual Innovation

Tim Kastelle

This trend is even more pronounced among strong innovators, with those pursuing a centralized approach rising from 68 percent in 2013 to 71 percent in 2014. decoupling of leadership, funding, staffing and metrics between exploration unit and core business.

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Innovation and Organizational Culture

Tim Kastelle

This trend is even more pronounced among strong innovators, with those pursuing a centralized approach rising from 68 percent in 2013 to 71 percent in 2014. experiments innovation leadership Adaptability Experimentation Innovation Culture Organization Organizational Ambidexterity

How to Increase Your Gratitude and Why It Will Improve Your Life

Tullio Siragusa

A study by the department of psychology at the University of Illinois in 2013 states that grateful people are psychologically and physically healthier. How to Increase Your Gratitude and Why It Will Improve Your Life.

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Innovation: How to Recruit and Retain Top Millennial Talent

Idea to Value

According to Deloitte’s 2013 Millennial Survey, which surveyed nearly 5,000 Millennials from 18 different countries, “78 percent of the world’s future business leaders believe innovation is essential for business growth.” [7] Leadership innovation innovation books innovation in business innovation process millennials Robert Brands

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The importance of being (grammatically) earnest

The Future Shapers

Fifty-nine percent of consumers in the United Kingdom (UK) would chose to not do business with a company if the grammar on their website or public marketing collateral was poor, according to a 2013 report carried out by Global Lingo. Communication Culture Change Thought Leadership

New Humanism


If purpose is true and impactful, it shows up in the actions of the leadership and the staff in real and very practical ways. 2013). 2013). Generals vs. Conductors – the Evolution of Leadership. Strategic Transformation Leadership Responsive Org

Creating more value in services

Norbert Bol

To make such an evaluation it can be helpful to find out what the sustainability attitude (Zoeteman, 2013) is of the supplier and the customer. 2013). 2013). What is behind the leadership shift in sustainable development from politicians to CEOs?

Strategic Planning in a Dancing Landscape


By 2013, Brazil and India were both suspect. Strategic planning is more essential, but leadership has to consider it differently using a Complexity Lens. First, leadership creates alignment by defining the organization’s purpose.

Innovation – My Journey

The Future Shapers

In 2013, several mainstream websites began accepting bitcoin. WordPress started in November 2012, followed by OKCupid in 2013. Culture Change Open Innovation Thought Leadership“The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all what the world needs most are dreamers that do.”. Sarah Ban Breathnach.

USA Falling Behind in Innovation

Gregg Fraley

When the Bloomberg index was first compiled in 2013, just seven years ago, the USA was number one overall. Main Culprit? Lack of Education in Science, Manufacturing, Construction, and Engineering. Infrastructure and Education Project Idea: Learn, Build, Innovate USA.

3 Dimensions of Innovation: the 23 Capabilities your company needs to succeed

Idea to Value

Management: A flexible approach to management and governance which enables leadership to understand direction and progress, but gives authority to the team to do their best work with reduced bureaucracy. I published the first draft of the 3 Dimensions of Innovation all the way back in 2013.

Decisive to be innovative

Norbert Bol

Heath & Heath (2013) already found that we are not always good at being decisive, when we have a too narrow frame of all the options, we only look for confirmation, we are led by emotions and we are overconfident about the future. To improve our decision making, Heath & Heath (2013) proposed to: widen the options; reality-test our assumptions; attain distance before deciding and prepare to be wrong. 2013).

Optimistic CEO, Pessimistic CFO: Optimal Pairing?

Michael Roberto

They studied 2,356 companies between 2002 and 2013. acquisitions CEOs devil's advocacy governance leadership mergersSource: maxpixet.net Insead Professor Guoli Chen and University of Miami Professor Wei Shi have conducted some fascinating new research on mergers and acquisitions.

Sleeping with the enemy: The pain of innovation disrupting your industry

Idea to Value

million dollars in New York in 2013, but now being sold for as low as $160,000 since Uber and Lyft took over the streets. I’d like to start today’s article with a story about something that shook me up a bit recently.

A Biologist, Computer Scientist & Historian walk into a.


He was a 2013 C.V. RCUS Brown University Culture Education Innovation Interdisciplinary Leadership Learning Networking Random Collisions of Unusual Suspects STEAM Social Innovation

Three Real World Examples of Crowdsourcing in Education


Columbia has prided itself on student-driven change since its founding, and in 2013, it wanted to take that a step further with “What To Fix Columbia,” cheekily abbreviated as “WTF Columbia.” Education is about more than going to class.

A $7.6B Write-off Plus Layoffs Is Never a Good Sign Microsoft

Adam Hartung

I predicted here in this blog the week Steve Ballmer announced the acquisition of Nokia in September, 2013 that it was “a $7.2B Because between 2011 and 2013 Nokia had already lost half its market share.

Starbucks and JPMorganChase Pay Raises – Just Following Trends

Adam Hartung

January, 2013 a $1.8B September, 2013 a $1B fine for the London Whale debacle. November, 2013 a $13B fine for selling mortgage backed securities, plus an additional $4.5B This week Starbucks and JPMorganChase announced they were raising the minimum pay of many hourly employees.