The Root Word of Contemporary Is Temporary


If handled elegantly, the liberation of a life change can be an enormous expression of creativity and empowerment. Sometimes I wonder if the advancing of age and a leaning toward old-fashioned values are a hindrance to relevancy in our contemporary workplace.


Air, Water, Food


You can live a relatively long time with just Air and Water, so you get to decide what constitutes Food and how to procure it creatively. There’s no time like the present to set goals. Here’s a framework I use for myself and those I manage or advise.


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But We’ve Always…


It’s called creative destruction. Brand Business Innovation Marketing Startups Amazon Apple Black Friday brand promise but we've always challenger brand creative destruction Cyber Monday death knell Ecommerce legacy brand reinvention Sears ShopTalk Thanksgiving Toys 'R' UsIt’s December.

It’s a Hard Rock Life


I wanted to explore the necessity of constantly starting over in life as a creative process. It all circles back to creative destruction. Books Business Creativity Literature Storytelling Writing classic rock corporate refugee cover band creative destruction From Nothing full magilla hard rock Iron Mike jukebox musical Quadrophenia song cycle soundtrack of our lives spoilers The Beatles The Story Plant The Who Victor Selo

Navigating the VUCA World With Innovation Coaching

Speaker: Janet Sernack, Founder and CEO of ImagineNation

Join the founder and CEO of ImagineNationTM, Janet Sernack, to understand how developing an innovation coaching skill set can help lead the way in supporting people through the exponential change and disruption in our VUCA world.

Is Facebook the Next AOL?


” AOL actually didn’t do that—the internet itself obviated its driving purpose—but rather than build on the goodwill of its access brand and attempt to enhance the customer experience through creativity, the company sought to keep customers in a “ walled garden ” and intervene in easy access to the open internet. I used to like AOL. Back in the day we called it by its full name, America Online.

You Can’t Fix Morale


We talk about creativity and innovation, passion for excellence, dedication to the customer experience. Business Creativity Innovation Leadership Management authentic vision bad morale Battlefield promotions business model competitive advantage consistent execution customer experience demoralization employee engagement employee morale employee satisfaction executive management leadership talent mediocrity passion process product design product quality unicorns

The Rage Podcast: Voices All Around Us


It’s been an amazing journey, including creative development and four public readings of my stage adaptation. About three years ago I published my first novel, This Is Rage. Now we have something additionally exciting to announce: the first three episodes of a podcast adaptation. We made it easy for you to find either on iTunes or at the online home that saved Kimo Balthazer from irrelevance and started his movement: Who is Kimo Balthazer , you may be asking?

How That Vicious Inner Critic Can Be Your Closest Ally


I have had the privilege to lead a handful of creative companies and I have had the privilege to be a published author. Business Creativity Innovation Achilles Heal Apple II crap filter demo day differentiating features incrementality lone wolf minimum viable product naysayers peanut gallery Snow White and the Seven Dwarves speechifying Steve Jobs Walt DisneyThere’s something about optimism.

The Many Lessons of Andy Grove


He wrote the legendary book Only the Paranoid Survive , published in 1996 and still a must-read for anyone who wants to understand innovation and the power of creative destruction. Among the many lessons I learned from Andy Grove, here are five that continue to guide me daily: Creative Destruction Is Real – Whatever product you ship today is already obsolete, no matter how well it is selling. We lost a great business leader earlier this year. His name was Andrew S.

Stop Dropping the Ball


That’s what creative destruction is all about, old failed systems being replaced by better ones. Brand Business Career brand is a promise broken brand promise constraints on distribution creative destruction customer service follow through keep a promise make a promise unique selling propositionI get called frequently to help companies with their brands.

Marketing-Led Post-COVID-19 Growth Strategies

Businesses are laying off workers, shutting their doors (some permanently), and struggling to react to the radical destruction that coronavirus (COVID-19) is doing to our society and communities. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department.

Three Arguments Against Performance Reviews


They serve a legal function much more than a creative function. I don’t like performance reviews. I never liked giving them, and I never liked getting them. They are like school report cards, only less well-meaning and more poorly formed. They make the workplace more political, needlessly enforcing nerve-wracking centers of power. They don’t make products better and they don’t serve customer needs.

Another Good Year for The Good Men Project


Beyond that, we are an experiment in progress, and we welcome the creativity of every voice that joins us. Like I also say, because we tread on creatively dangerous terrain, it is inevitable that we will step in poo now in again. Not surprisingly, I write mostly about business, where I try to focus on the human side of creativity, innovation, overcoming obstacles, and taking on big challenges.

Conversations with Entrepreneurs


They also are driven to create jobs and help drive our economy forward through innovation and creativity. Last month we launched a new web video series at The Good Men Project. We call it Good Men Project Dreams: Conversations with Entrepreneurs. I am honored to host the series, and tremendously enjoying the opportunity to delve into the minds of energetic business leaders who make the daunting choice to go out on their own. I wanted to share the first three webisodes from the pilot.

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It’s All Getting Personal


All through these periods of business creativity and innovation, I never had much trouble calling myself a writer, because I felt pretty good about my ability to form pithy sentences and get other people to take an interest in them. Books Brand Business Marketing Writing Bloomsbury Group building your platform business creativity and innovation Carmen Sandiego Dan Bane Endless Encores P.T. It’s a bit weird, this Author thing. Let me try to explain.

Do You Care?


Imagine being sharp, creative, and personal in asking for the business. Business Creativity Marketing auto-dialer carpet bombing competitive advantage crappy sales pitch deal flow dial and smile Digital Age sales call snail mail strategic business services

Never Miss an Opportunity: How ISO 56000 Enables an Innovative Organization

Speaker: Peter Merrill, President, Quest Management Inc.

One of the challenges for innovators is how to integrate innovation with Quality Management (QMS) and balance the culture of creativity with execution. Join Peter Merrill as he walks us through the newly published ISO 56000 series on Innovation Management, specifically the Guidance Standard ISO 56002 that discusses how to establish an Innovation Management System (IMS). He will take you through the elements of innovation management from strategy development, through risk assessment to solution delivery.

Creativity and Courage


There is a lot of substance in Roosevelt’s reflection, but the essence for me comes back to the notion of the creative process, whether in business or government or science or art, what it means to put oneself in the public light with new ideas. Creativity is not only exhausting, it’s messy. It is much easier to be a critic than an innovator, in that the innovator approaches creativity with self-critique an implicit part of the process, a means, not an end.

Everyday Innovation


Innovation is a process where creativity is harnessed, often galvanized through the building of momentum and the sharing of a vision. It is important to our economy and financial well-being that new companies are constantly born, that creative destruction replaces old opportunities with new ones. Creativity is a process that leads to all kinds of new stuff, and it also exhausts dead ends around stuff not worth doing or not ready to be done.

Records So Good We Bought Them Again (and Again)


They were expertly written, performed, and engineered with creative courage that resulted in textured, lasting impact. I guess for me this is turning into The Year of The List! Earlier this year, inspired by a Writers Guild initiative, I catalogued a suggested collection of the Funniest Screenplays of All Time.

My Second Book


When I’m called to look at a creative company and I don’t see those words at play, they flow freely from my lips. As noted by the title, t his post is meant to announce the forthcoming release of my second book, Endless Encores. It will be published by The Story Plant on September 22, 2015 in hardcover and as an eBook. Since that is still several months off and I have at times already mentioned the book is coming, let me come back to that in a moment.

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The Ultimate Marketing Efficiency Checklist

Here are 7 creative ways marketers can work smarter (not harder) - with the resources you already have!

Endless Encores


Daphne Lonner is a tremendously accomplished CEO who has been thrown more than once in her resilient career by the forces of creative destruction. ” By the time their flight departs, Daphne and Paul have learned from each other what it means to ride the wave of Endless Encores, finding a new beginning on the path to risk, creativity, innovation, and reinvention. Ken Goldstein is a true maestro at building, supporting and directing highly talented creative and technical teams.

To Say or Not to Say


Creative risk is the path of reinvention. Business Creativity Writing Author Central creative risk dead on arrival fuel of innovation razzmatazz The Story Plant This Is Rage Wayne GretzkyExperiments are the fuel of innovation. Writing a novel is just weird. This week my first novel, This is Rage , is being released to the public by my wonderful publisher, The Story Plant. I have to admit, it’s a little eerie.

Brands in Memoriam 2013


Well, if Jeff Bezos who is currently sitting on top of the business world knows that sooner or later his company is toast, I think that is about as telling a tale of creative destruction as I can imagine! Slammed by creative destruction and inexcusably poor management—a very tough critique because it was a visionary company much beloved that lost vision—it is today a zombie brand at best. Did I miss any for this year or in the near term gun sights of creative destruction?

Elon Musk Blows My Mind


I care that he is a creative leader, with half his life likely still ahead of him to teach us things we don’t know and take us places we couldn’t otherwise find. I don’t know Elon Musk. I wish I did. This guy knows stuff. He’s the real deal. If there is a possible next Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, it could be him. He’s not goofing around with thin stuff that’s going to come and go.

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The D&I Garden: Seeds of Innovation that Grow into Creative Breakthroughs

Speaker: Donald Fan, Senior Director of the Global Office of Culture, Diversity & Inclusion at Walmart Inc.

In the digital era, rife with uncertainty and ambiguity, innovation plays an essential role in sustaining organic growth and outperforming the global competition. Research proves time and again, there exists a robust bond between innovation and diversity & inclusion (D&I); our challenge is to help our leaders understand how to plant the seeds of innovation in the fertile D&I garden in order to drive a strategic and competitive advantage from the office and in the digital landscape.

A Very Good Year for Good Men


I started writing for The Good Men Project in its second year of life, offering to share some of my thoughts on business, creative leadership, and management also published on my own blog. In its third year I joined the board of directors and became a strategic advisor to the CEO. As we embark now on its fourth year, I continue onward, helping to accelerate our growth, invigorated by what our CEO and team have accomplished in driving, “The Conversation No One Else is Having.”

Wings: Remastered and Revisited


That’s sort of like asking the creative team who made the original movie version of Wings how they would have made it a talkie. A few decades back, before I became a software and media executive and long before I returned to writing, I wrote the “screenplay” for a succesful computer game called Wings.

16 New Things I’m Thankful For (2013 Edition)


They are taking the message of People, Products, Profits into corporations all over the world, helping executives perform better with a grounded human approach that unlocks creativity and makes innovation happen. With Thanksgiving on the horizon, it’s time again to take a step back from our daily grind and consider the rejuvenating goodness that dots the landscape all around us.

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How Fragile Is a Brand?


No company is safe from creative destruction, not even Apple. Apple unveiled a bunch of new products last week, including numerous options in shape, size, and price point for a fuller line of iPads. Many of these products are desirable and will make great holiday gifts, but none comes close to pioneering a new category of experience. These are known as brand extensions, variations on a theme for already desirable existing successes.

Cultivating A DEI Garden Where Seeds of Innovation Grow into Creative Breakthroughs

To thrive from unprecedented challenges and sustain organic growth in a globally competitive environment, we must leverage innovation as a driving force, along with agility, adaptability and resilience. Many studies around innovation lean into the technical and process side of the equation but barely explore the cultural aspect — a sustainable foundation of innovation. Research proves time and again that there exists a powerful connection between innovation and diversity, equity, and inclusion; our challenge is to build a vital cornerstone for change by optimizing that connection. That is where nurturing a cultural foundation for innovation starts. This article aims to call out some critical aspects of achieving that goal by connecting the dots of evidence-based research, corporate practices, and personal reflection.

On a Mission or Just Staying Awake


The promise of the start-up is to build something new with heartfelt values at its core, and in closely held companies at modest scale it is much easier for founders to maintain the kind of personal mission and creative culture that reflects this entrepreneurial DNA. One of the themes I explore in my forthcoming debut novel, This is Rage , is the notion of motivation.

Customer Disservice


Beating back the challenges of creative destruction is hard enough work. Business Management Marketing creative destruction customer service lifetime value love your customers obscurity and obsolescence replacement part senior executives the art of the saveWhy do companies with big brands and tremendous momentum go out of business ?

Too Busy To Save Your Company


Yep, you could have found your way out, met the challenge of Creative Destruction, and banked the opportunity by reallocating resources from historic enterprises to future growth, but you didn’t. Carving out discretionary time might be the most important thing an executive can do—thinking time, learning time, creative time—and yet, where does it get prioritized?

The 70% – Part 2


Creative destruction, you say, the natural course of things business? In the Executive Coaching Workshop I co-lead with John Vercelli for Coaches Training Institute , we discuss early in the curriculum the pervasive epidemic of Bad Boss Syndrome. 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 Micro-Innovations Can Drive Breakaway Results

How do micro-innovations affect businesses' way of thinking? Those small acts of 'everyday innovation' are the stuff of greatness. Download the eBook today to learn more about micro-innovations and how they have influenced some of the biggest companies to date.

Brands In Memoriam 2012


Frequent readers of this blog know that I am obsessed with the concept of creative destruction , the intangible but daunting market force where an invention that is vital takes out that which has become defunct, and the nascent replaces the established. ” As a result of creative destruction, every year we add more once significant names to the Dead Brand Graveyard.

Blog Begets 100


I will continue to blog on the topics I cherish — innovation, creativity, imagination, leadership, vision, business ethics, smart marketing, well-reasoned investment strategy, creative destruction, and every so often politics (say it ain’t so!) — and I will also keep you posted as we take my novel from manuscript to release date on October 8, 2013. It’s hard to believe this is my 100th post on Corporate Intelligence Radio.

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About This Book of Mine


I think Lou, a bestselling author himself, is at the forefront of New Publishing in the same way Wolfe wanted New Journalism to embrace the opportunities of Creative Destruction as a positive force for change. I have mentioned now and again that I have been working on a novel for a few years. It’s time to share a few more details. First of all the title: This Is Rage.

Don’t Fear the Fad


We know that to be Creative Destruction, an ever-present cycle, so when we criticize either an equity or a product as being a fad, let’s be careful to make the distinction, and even more careful not to level broad sweeping judgment that could lead to missed opportunity. More importantly, he worried about management culture as the path to product culture, where innovation means never-ending creativity, not tossing the dice and getting lucky on a good roll.

Measuring Innovation Performance

ect of culture on creativity, organizations have their own ways of de?ning may be creative and submit ideas, others contribute by commenting or voting. Measuring innovation performance Our innovation campaigns prove that there is a way to. measure innovation performance.