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4 Questions That Enhance Your Intellectual Humility

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One of the greatest abilities every one should develop is to change one’s mind when they are wrong; this is called intellectual humility. And it is rare. It doesn’t come easy for any of us to accept we’re wrong.

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The Vision of Cybersecurity Future

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With the ever present threat of increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks, the need for sophisticated cybersecurity increases as well. But this isn’t as simple as creating more difficult passwords and regular password resets.

Be A Generalist Not A Specialist If You Want To Excel

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A new book by David Epstein, Range: How Generalists Triumph in a Specialised World, makes the case for Generalists. As a Generalist, I’m happy someone wrote a book about Generalists for everyone; not just business people.

How Do You Deal With Chaos? Focus On The Moment

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This is a post I’m writing for my friend Jesus, who’s taking on a leadership challenge … To thrive in chaos and adapt to change requires the mental preparedness to modify one’s thoughts at a moment’s notice. As an entrepreneur, I’m well adapted to chaos. I actually want it.

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Driving Collaboration to Sustainable Innovation

Speaker: Wayne Kurtzman, Research Director, Social and Collaboration, IDC

Join Wayne Kurtzman, Research Director from IDC, as he reveals key insights from his recent research on the importance of collaboration, and discover how you can drive sustainable results through teamwork within your organization.

The Most Important Factors For Startup Success

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We’ve all, of course, read about the spectacular success of startups. It’s impossible to escape the amazing tales of people starting with an idea in a garage (think Apple) and growing it into a billion-dollar global business.

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Get In A Lot More Tries

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Innovation is messy and hard. It’s not for everyone. Mistakes will be made, and you will have to try more stuff to find a way forward. A couple of years ago I was part of a team that developed a static ground effect vehicle.

The Fat Cat Syndrome Prevents Innovation And Opens The Door For Disruption

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What is the fat cat syndrome? Here are a few definitions: The state of mind one possesses when one becomes so successful, he/she disregards the inefficiencies and lost opportunities. Fat cat is a political term originally describing a rich political donor, also called an angel or big money man.

We Need To Think About Failure Differently To Drive Innovation

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Yesterday I gave a talk to Foxconn employees and Directors about culture and how it drives innovation. A good way to frame culture is like this: what you reward and what you punish.

The 15 Enemies of Innovation

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When I put my consultant hat on I have a very easy way to detect whether or not your company is committed to innovation, and whether or not it will: the way you lead and prioritize. My examination has nothing to do with capability, but with leadership.

The 5 Competencies of Highly Innovative Organizations

Speaker: Dr. Ankush Chopra, Professor of Strategy, School of Management Fribourg

Professor Ankush Chopra studied over 100 companies in North America and Europe to seek answers to the above questions. He found that companies across the world use the same set of competencies to become successful innovators. In this webinar, he shows how you can use these insights to develop and lead an innovative organization.

7 Rules For Rebels, Heretics And Mavericks In Organizations

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Innovation is hard , it doesn’t happen by following a tried and true cookie cutter approach. It often begins when someone begins to think and act differently, usually in isolation, from the rest of an organization; challenging convention.

How Do You Know The Difference Between Persistence And Stubbornness?

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I recently had a chat with a group of entrepreneurs and one question I got asked was about differentiating persistence and stubbornness. This is an important question, here I share my response… Innovation is messy , it just doesn’t happen in a straight line.

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3 Steps To Learn From Mistakes

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Mistakes. We all make them. We wouldn’t grow without them. I used to be overly critical with myself when I was younger, and would get pissed whenever I made a mistake. Today, that isn’t the case. I realized that we all make mistakes, especially when you take an unknown path.

Innovation is The Opposite of What We’re Pretending The Word Means

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Every once in a while someone says or writes something that is worth sharing. I want to introduce you to Tom Goodwin, who wrote a great piece called Why you probably don’t want innovation. His point is that everyone wants innovation without knowing what it means; which I agree with.

Assessing and Fostering a Culture of Innovation

Speaker: Magnus Penker, CEO & Founder, Innovation360 Group

Welcome to an interactive empowering session on how to sharpen your future through innovation management, which can help guide your company’s goals. During this webinar, Magnus Penker, international thought leader and author, will dive into how to assess and foster culture and capabilities for innovation.

Your North Star Is Your Customers Not Competitors

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There are many businesses that start out filling a need for a specific type of customer. Sometimes this leads to the creation of a new industry or segment that was ignored or unserved by incumbents.

Are You Hiring Workers, Or Are You Hiring Leaders?

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Gapingvoid delivered this question in their daily newsletter , and I believe how leaders answer this question determines how they view their company now and tomorrow. What’s the difference between a worker and a leader?

Leaders Who Never Makes Mistakes Aren’t Worth Following

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Innovation is another key word for leadership; and one of the key enemies of innovation is fear of failure. So fear of failure is a sign of lack of leadership. Charisma, being likeable, doesn’t make someone a leader. What does? Courage. Leaders do what others are unwilling to do in the face of challenges; and they understand that mistakes will be made along the way.

Shift Your Mindset to Think Exponentially

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We’re living in exponential times, the Big 5 tech companies – Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook – occupy the top 6 spots of the most valuable companies in the world, thus driving the Next Economy. It’s safe to say that we live in a world dominated by technology.

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5 Product Traps - And Better Paths

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Is your agile team overloaded with feature requests, with no time for discovery? Do your roadmaps read like impossible wish lists? Well, you’re not alone. It may seem impossible now, but what if we said that with a few changes, you could be meeting deadlines with the ability to predict progress with accuracy, be happy with your progress against the roadmap, and be making time for near-continuous discovery? Johanna Rothman has seen this all too often across many different organizations. She will take us through five common traps that agile product teams fall into – and likely you are in several of those traps right now. And good news - she has ways to avoid them!

How To Encourage Your Team To Take Breaks

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At work, you just want to power through, to get done what you need to get done, so that you can go home. This, unfortunately, leads us to lots of bad behaviors and unhealthy choices. We skip meals—or eat meals out of the vending machine.

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How You Do Anything You Do Everything

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Just because others slack off doesn’t mean I will too… I met someone a few weeks ago who mentioned some things at work that bothered him. Specifically, that he got demotivated when he saw his colleagues were not working as hard as him; and he started slacking off too.

5 Habits That Will Make You A Better Futurist

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You can’t predict the future, you have to create it. Still, a main component of doing innovation is forecasting ; understanding what drives the future. This is something I get asked about a lot, and don’t claim to be a futurist.

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7 Components That Make For A Great Startup Company Culture

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Startups boast about their culture, but most of the time they can’t even explain why it’s special.

What Users Want: How and Why to Build Knowledge into Your Product

Speaker: Nils Davis, Principal, NPD Associates

Usage data allows PMs, the product team, and the whole organization to make better decisions. Good usage intelligence gives you the ability to be smarter, more active, more decisive, nimbler, and to minimize risk. But what if you don't have that data - such as before you have users? Or, what if the right decision seems to fly in the face of the data you have? Or, what if your product offers more than just the standard features? To get deeper into these questions, Nils Davis asks, "What is the most interesting thing about Instagram?" (Because who doesn't like a product that Facebook paid $1 billion for when it had fewer than 50 employees and no revenue?) Nils will use the example of Instagram’s Filters to talk about how putting prebuilt knowledge in your product can change the way your product is used for the better - putting you in the company of most market-leading products. Finally, he’ll tie it all together by explaining how the way you interpret and use usage data can impact the way your tell your product’s story, and ultimately, how your users use your product.

How To Manage Misfits And Not Kill Your Company

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Rebels, misfits, renegades, heretics or troublemakers whatever you call them, are commonly seen as difficult to work with. Because their strengths (driven, talented, smart and impatient in achieving outcomes) can sometimes make them come across as a s and go rogue.

When An Organization Minimizes The Fear People Feel On The Job, Performance is Maximized

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What drives someone to complain? Selfishness and frustration. Last week I published a post about complaining , driven by selfish reasons, and how it stands in our way of making progress. Today I’ll focus on frustration.

Misfit Manifesto: What Rebels Want From Their Boss

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How do you lead and manage for innovation? Not all cultures where innovation thrives look the same, but they all have things in common. One of them is they all unleash their black sheep ; the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers. . How do you do that? You have to understand what drives them.

5 Charts That Show Challenges of AI Adoption in the Enterprise

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The Next Economy will be driven by 10 key emerging technologies , underpinning them all is artificial intelligence. At this point, AI is blogged and reported about intensely on a day-to-day basis.

11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

People Walk Away When You Waste Their Time and Talent

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Miserable, undervalued, overlooked, not living up to my potential, taken for granted. These and other words are used by people who’s employeer doesn’t let them be the best version of themselves at work. Last week I met two very talented guys with high technical chops.

The Power of Brand: It Starts With Trust

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I’m a huge Michael Jordan fan and have written about how the Jordan brand has driven culture and stayed relevant; even though MJ has been retired for almost 20 years. Air Jordan’s are highly coveted, specifically the older ones.

The Emotion Philosophy Behind Emotion AI

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After working for a year on emotion AI, I can confirm that human emotions are complex; we don’t really understand them. And training a computing system to recognize them as a human does is even more difficult.

Top 4 Early Challenges At A Startup

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Having been part of a handful of startups and running a few of my own, I can tell you it’s not for everyone. Most startups fail, for many reasons , and when they do succeed it’s mostly determined by one factor: timing.

Using Data and Messaging to Drive Product Activation

Speaker: Ruben Ugarte, Founder, Practico Analytics

Onboarding users is filled with possibilities and challenges. Not only are you showing the user how to use your product, but it's also a chance to connect with them and understand their needs. Of course, it’s crucial to have a good onboarding experience to drive your activation metrics. Quality onboarding is the first step towards turning a newly acquired user into a repeat user. If you're looking to optimize your onboarding to improve your activation metrics, this webinar is for you. Ruben Ugarte will be focusing on how to improve all aspects of onboarding experiences by understanding how your current onboarding process is stacking up, and giving you the tools to prioritize what to try changing. With improved onboarding, you'll see less drop-off and a happier user experience.