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10 Ways to Unleash Your Inner Innovator with Duncan Wardle

Carla Johnson

May 7, 2024 In our crazy, turbo-charged world today, being innovative and creative isn’t just a nice-to-have skill – it’s absolutely essential for people and organizations that want to thrive. But fostering a true culture of fresh thinking? Dang, that’s another story. That’s where my friend Duncan Wardle comes in.

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Innovation Friction Risks and Pitfalls

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Howard Tiersky There’s a lot to be learned about innovation by looking at good ideas that just didn’t make it. We’d all like to believe that if we have an idea that genuinely improves upon something, and if we execute that idea correctly, the idea will be successful.

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When your imagination is beyond your skill level

Idea to Value

Recently my toddler has begun playing with Duplo, which is Lego for really young children. And while usually he loves it, it also often causes him to become incredibly frustrated when things do not work as he wants. This is when he might begin shouting and throwing the pieces away. A perfect example is when he has built a tower with a wide top, and wants to attach a long flat piece to the bottom side of the top.

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Have organizations become more collaborative over 25 years? What has enabled that?

Paul Hobcraft

Collaboration, Idealization and the enabling of innovation I have have been looking back at innovation and how it has changed over the last twenty-five years. In a series of three posts, I have asked Google’s Gemini to answer five questions to track and trace the progress innovation has made and where it seems to be heading. This is the second post looking more at collaboration and idealization and how and what has helped it evolve in this period.

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Scan to Success: How to Leverage QR Codes for Offline and Online Marketing Power

Speaker: Corey Daugherty, Head of Business Development at Flowcode

Let's explore the transformative power of QR codes in bridging offline and online marketing worlds. 📲 This new webinar featuring Corey Daugherty of Flowcode will dive into how innovative QR technology not only enhances traditional marketing strategies, but also drives meaningful customer engagement and analytics. Register today to gain practical knowledge on using QR codes to increase conversion rates, optimize customer journeys, and ultimately unlock a new realm of marketing potential!

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Why The Suckers Always Think They’re Playing It Smart

Digital Tonto

At any given time, there are literally thousands of people looking to fool us. Grifters, politicians and nation states looking to sow discord are constantly bombarding us with falsities mixed with just enough truth to seem plausible. Often, these messages reach us through trusted friends and family members and, when we go to verify them online, we’re likely to find confirmation (often from the same sources that duped our peers).

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Leading with Trust: Unleashing the Power of Leadership Teams

Leapfrogging

The Importance of Trust in Leadership Teams Understanding the Impact of Trust in Leadership Trust serves as the foundational element in leadership teams, where every decision, interaction, and goal hinges on its presence. Without trust, your leadership is like a ship trying to sail without water—ineffective and immobile. It is the glue that holds your team together through challenges and uncertainty.

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How to Present to an Audience That Knows More Than You

Harvard Business Review

What happens when you have to give a presentation to an audience that might have some professionals who have more expertise on the topic than you do? While it can be intimidating, it can also be an opportunity to leverage their deep and diverse expertise in service of the group’s learning. And it’s an opportunity to exercise some intellectual humility, which includes having respect for other viewpoints, not being intellectually overconfident, separating your ego from your intellect, and being wi

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Difference Between Customer Experience Perception and Reality

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Shep Hyken This is an important topic that every CEO, business owner, leader, manager, and supervisor must understand. When it comes to customer service and customer experience (CX), there is a difference between perception and reality.

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Unlocking Success: Trustworthiness in Leadership Teams

Leapfrogging

The Foundation of Trust in Leadership Teams Importance of Trust in Leadership Trust is the cornerstone of any high-performing leadership team. Without trust, your efforts to lead may be undermined by doubts and a lack of commitment from team members. It fosters an environment where ideas flow freely, risks are taken confidently, and resilience is built within the team.

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Podcasting for learning—and an antidote to screen time?

Christensen Institute

This piece was coauthored with Daniel Curtis. If video killed the radio star, then podcasting is resurrecting it. The medium has exploded in recent years. Now, it seems like everyone has a podcast—including us, the authors of this piece. Until recently, the young medium had mostly catered to a grown-up audience. But the kids have started catching on.

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Don’t Get Left Behind: Leveraging Modern Product Management Across the Organization

Speaker: Kat Conner

The challenge of delivering the right product at the right time while aligning with strategic objectives is more pressing than ever. Product management is evolving and gaining greater recognition as the means to creating this connection. Join our upcoming webinar and learn how to streamline your product development processes, infuse product thinking across the organization, and bridge the gap between vision and delivery.

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The Challenge of Leaving a Long-Term Job to Start Something New

Harvard Business Review

Leaving a company that’s been your professional home for years, or decades, is a major shift that can feel both thrilling and perilous. In this article, the authors outline six challenges that often come up when making this transition: 1) Ruminating and second-guessing; 2) Feeling guilty; 3) Being afraid of losing status; 4) Needing to adapt; 5) Managing the perceptions of your new colleagues; and 6) Balancing opposing emotions.

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Six Causes of Employee Burnout

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from David Burkus There’s this simple misconception when it comes to burnout. We tend to think that burnout comes from just working too hard—putting in too many hours per week, exerting too much energy, and tipping your work-life scale out of balance.

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Building Bridges: Cultivating Trust in High-Performance Teams

Leapfrogging

Understanding Trust in High-Performance Teams Trust is the cornerstone of any successful team, particularly high-performance teams where collaboration and efficiency are paramount. As a leader, your understanding of how trust operates within team dynamics is crucial. Importance of Trust in Team Dynamics In the realm of high-performance teams, trust is fundamentally about the confidence your team members have in each other’s capabilities and intentions.

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How Ajay Banga can successfully reform the World Bank

Christensen Institute

New presidents taking the helm at the world’s most premier development institution, the World Bank, have always tried to reform the large organization. Consider the past three. On his first day on the job in June, 2023, Ajay Banga, the bank’s 14th and current president, wrote to the bank’s 16,000 staff, “Making good on our ambition will require us to evolve to maximize resources and write a new playbook, to think creatively, take informed risks and forge new partnerships with civil society

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Generative AI Deep Dive: Advancing from Proof of Concept to Production

Speaker: Maher Hanafi, VP of Engineering at Betterworks & Tony Karrer, CTO at Aggregage

Executive leaders and board members are pushing their teams to adopt Generative AI to gain a competitive edge, save money, and otherwise take advantage of the promise of this new era of artificial intelligence. There's no question that it is challenging to figure out where to focus and how to advance when it’s a new field that is evolving everyday. 💡 This new webinar featuring Maher Hanafi, VP of Engineering at Betterworks, will explore a practical framework to transform Generative AI pr

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You’re Back from Your Leadership Development Program. Now What?

Harvard Business Review

Executives who go through leadership development programs often come back with new energy and purpose, ready to transform their teams, themselves, and their organizations. But it can be challenge to gain traction, sustain momentum, and achieve durable post-program results. Success requires determined effort and patience. To better navigate this reentry phase, remember to acknowledge the contributions others made while you were away, anticipate reactions to your new ideas, embrace the opportunity

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London Calling

Innovation Excellence

by Braden Kelley I will be in London attending a reunion soon and have some availability May 15-17, 2024 if anyone would like to book a keynote, workshop, or advisory session while I’m there. Are you looking to build a continuous innovation infrastructure in your organization?

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Trust is the Key: Developing Trust in Leadership for Team Success

Leapfrogging

Importance of Trust in Leadership In the realm of leadership, trust is not just a soft skill—it’s the very foundation upon which successful teams are built. As a leader, your effectiveness is greatly influenced by your ability to foster trust within your team. Why Trust is Vital in Leadership Trust in leadership is the cornerstone of team cohesion and effectiveness.

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Cultivating a Thriving Culture for Innovation: A Practical Leadership Approach

Cris Beswick

Innovation has often been treated as a cyclical phenomenon, eagerly embraced during prosperous times and relegated to the sidelines during economic downturns. However, in today’s globalised business landscape, where geographic boundaries and market barriers are rapidly disintegrating, a company’s innovation ability has become a constant imperative rather than a passing trend.

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Leading the Development of Profitable and Sustainable Products

Speaker: Jason Tanner

While growth of software-enabled solutions generates momentum, growth alone is not enough to ensure sustainability. The probability of success dramatically improves with early planning for profitability. A sustainable business model contains a system of interrelated choices made not once but over time. Join this webinar for an iterative approach to ensuring solution, economic and relationship sustainability.

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How to Implement AI — Responsibly

Harvard Business Review

Researchers engaged with organizations across a variety of industries, each at a different stage of implementing responsible AI. They determined that, although data engineers and data scientists typically take on most responsibility from conception to production of AI development lifecycles, non-technical leaders can play a key role in ensuring the integration of responsible AI.

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Change the World With a Keystone Change

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Greg Satell On December 31st, 1929, the Indian National Congress, the foremost nationalist group on the subcontinent, issued a Declaration of Purna Swaraj, or complete independence from British rule. It also announced a campaign of civil disobedience, but no one had any idea what form it should take.

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Achieve Excellence: Transforming High Potential Leader Development through Experiential Intelligence

Leapfrogging

Understanding Experiential Intelligence for Leadership Development Experiential Intelligence (XQ) is increasingly recognized as a powerful driver in shaping effective leaders. For high-potential individuals poised to become the future’s key decision-makers, XQ can be a transformative element in their development. What is Experiential Intelligence?

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Benefits of Kanban Project Management Software | Sopheon

Sopheon

Looking to supercharge innovation project management? Implementing the Kanban methodology can give teams the efficiency they need to deliver quality projects on time.

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Navigating the Future: Generative AI, Application Analytics, and Data

Generative AI is upending the way product developers & end-users alike are interacting with data. Despite the potential of AI, many are left with questions about the future of product development: How will AI impact my business and contribute to its success? What can product managers and developers expect in the future with the widespread adoption of AI?

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Using Data to Design Your Hybrid Work Policies

Harvard Business Review

We’ve seen how fully remote work can lead to a loss of connection and development opportunities, particularly those that require observational learning, or learning by watching someone else do it. However, people still want to work from home at least some of the time because of the greater work-life balance and personal productivity that they experience.

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Growth Comes From What You Don’t Have

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Mike Shipulski If you have more features, I will beat you with fewer. If you have a broad product line, I will beat you with my singular product. If your solution is big, mine will beat you with small.

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Unleashing the Power of Experiential Intelligence (XQ) in Leadership Training Programs

Leapfrogging

Understanding Experiential Intelligence (XQ) The concept of Experiential Intelligence (XQ) is increasingly gaining recognition in the sphere of leadership development. It represents a pivotal competency for leaders who wish to thrive in dynamic business environments. What is Experiential Intelligence? Experiential Intelligence (XQ) refers to the ability to make insightful decisions and lead effectively based on the synthesis of past experiences.

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Leading in a White Water World

Rmukesh Gupta

Premise John Seely Brown and Ann-Pendleton Jullian call the world we currently live in a white water world, constantly changing, evolving and emerging. In this two part series they share their insights from their book – Design Unbound. They talk about how do you design your systems for emergence rather than stability (large corporate) or growth (startup).

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Turn Payments Into Personalization: Unlock the Value of Transaction Data

Speaker: David Nisbet, Everett Zufelt, and Michaela Weber

Once upon a time, in the vast realm of online commerce, there lived a humble checkout button overlooked by many. Yet, within its humble click lay the power to transform a mere visitor into a loyal customer. 🧐 💡 Getting checkout right can mark the difference between a successful sale and an abandoned cart, yet many businesses fail to make payments a part of their commerce strategy even when it has a direct impact on revenue.

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3 Management Myths That Derail Startups

Harvard Business Review

In their work with more than 10,000 startup leaders across 70 countries, the authors identify three common management myths among startup leaders looking to grow their companies: the myth of scaling without hierarchy, the myth of structural harmony, and the myth of sustained heroics. By understanding why entrepreneurs fall for these myths, founders can better calibrate their own maverick impulses and instead rely on rigorous evidence about what actually leads to success.

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Five Lessons from the Apple Car’s Demise

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Robyn Bolton In 2014, rumors started to circulate that Apple was developing a self-driving autonomous car to compete with Tesla. At the end of February 2024, rumors circulated that Apple was shutting down “Project Titan,” its car program.

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Transforming Leadership: The Power of Experiential Intelligence in Development

Leapfrogging

Understanding Experiential Intelligence in Leadership Development What is Experiential Intelligence? Experiential Intelligence (XQ) refers to the ability to understand and apply past experiences to new and complex situations. It encompasses the skills and insights a person acquires through active engagement and reflection on real-world challenges. In the context of leadership, XQ involves utilizing hands-on knowledge to make informed decisions, inspire innovation, and navigate the intricacies of

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A Culture of Belonging

Rmukesh Gupta

One of the primary responsibilities of a leader is to create a culture where our teams can feel that they belong and are part of a team. And we help them do that without them feeling the need to change who they really are. A culture where one can bring their full selves is a culture where creativity is abound and innovation thrives.

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The Key to Sustainable Energy Optimization: A Data-Driven Approach for Manufacturing

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. ♻️ Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets. 📊 Join us for a practical webinar hosted by Kevin Kai Wong of Emergent Ene