Innovation Is At The Heart Of Competitiveness

Innovation is a word that gets thrown around a lot lately. For good reason, none of us want to be seen as the laggard in our industry. No one wants to be behind the curve in coming up with new ideas. Unfortunately, real innovation seems to have slowed lately. We used to breathlessly wait for a new iPhone that promised …

Productive Innovation

If we agree that innovation is a part of the ongoing survival of your business, it becomes likely that you will invest in the efforts necessary to encourage that process in your organization.  Yet, we live in a world that wants to mystify and create complexity around most things.  Which stands in the way of productive innovation.  Here’s a framework …

Innovation is a fact…not a mystery

If we are to agree on one premise, it is that organizations must constantly be reinventing the way that they are successful…this means operations, marketing, IT, etc.  This means that when you hear a term being thrown around like “innovation,” it shouldn’t be surrounded by a cloud of mystery. In fact, the process of reinventing your organization to maintain a competitive …

What If?

Peter Drucker once wrote about the need to “identify the future that has already occurred” and to figure out how that is going to have an impact on your business.  Even though he wrote those words about 30 years ago, the same idea holds true today. If you look at the current state of business in our country, we find our …

Systems or Guessing…?

If you take a moment to reflect on what you are doing and look at your successes and your failures, you may find a pattern… What you hope to look for is a pattern of activities that can be repeated… These patterns become systems, which have their own challenges, but, which in the short term can be quite effective in …

Are we really innovating?

An interesting idea was presented to me recently… As we move around and push technology, ideas, and other aspects of life… We hear a lot about “innovation."  We especially hear about how much every company and organization really wants to innovate… What if this isn’t true? What if in the end, we are all afraid of innovation?  Please follow and …

Define “Innovation” for me…

A lot of organizations throw around the term “innovation” and they don’t really define it in a way that makes any sense, whatsoever… Here is the challenge that I give to you:  Are you in a leadership position in your organization? Take the time at your next meeting with your team to lay out an innovation agenda…one that specifically explains …