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How a Company’s Customer-centric Approach Separates It From The Rest

How a Company’s Customer-centric Approach Separates It From The Rest

 

Editor’s note: In our Voice of Small Business series, we highlight a handful of the more than 19,000 business leaders that represent the best Read More

A Vistage member describes how his small business turned into a transnational enterprise

A Vistage member describes how his small business turned into a transnational enterprise

Wenger Mixing Company was once known as a small town mixing plant in Sabetha, Kansas, in 1935. Today Read More

From IQ to EQ to We-Q: Are Your Teams Prepared to Innovate?

From IQ to EQ to We-Q: Are Your Teams Prepared to Innovate?

There has been much debate about the nature of intelligence and how different strengths in one or another confer skills that have significant applications in Read More

Increase Your Creative Confidence and Unleash Innovations

Increase Your Creative Confidence and Unleash Innovations

What’s the heart of innovation? Creative Confidence – the belief in your creative capacity.

That’s the key message of David Kelly (founder of IDEO, a Read More

White Space Unleashes Creative Insights

White Space Unleashes Creative Insights

Leaders of businesses through the military recognize the need to unleash people’s creative insights in order to generate solutions. As I was updating my Vistage Read More

The 5 Stages of Creativity

The 5 Stages of Creativity

Want more creativity and innovation inside your organization? Get less haphazard. Sounds counter intuitive – but hold that thought. Too often people confuse unbridled and Read More

Want to Innovate?  Get Mad!

Want to Innovate? Get Mad!

Before I get started, let’s put the word mad in context.  If you look at the dictionary definition of the word and its synonyms, you’ll Read More

Invitation to Innovate

Invitation to Innovate

Innovation is hardly a new term. Dating back as early as the 15th century, innovation comes from the Latin innovationem, noun of action Read More

Innovation and The Painted Picture

Innovation and The Painted Picture

Cameron Herold, former COO of 1-800-Got-Junk, is an author, speaker and coach who says if you want to drive innovation in your organization, it’s essential Read More

Innovation and the Fine Art of Small Talk!

Innovation and the Fine Art of Small Talk!

Who better to talk about the “Fine Art of Small Talk” than Debra Fine herself?  Speaking to a group of 500 CEOs, business owners, and Read More

Accountability Supports Sustainable Innovation

Accountability Supports Sustainable Innovation

Without risk there can be no innovation, but what happens when success is finally achieved?  In order to have sustainable innovation,  it must be driven Read More

Innovation Leadership Re-invented

Innovation Leadership Re-invented

Innovation is constantly taking place around us, from the mundane and simple, to the abstract and grand. Last night I was watching a video for Read More

Sustainable Innovation Meets Disruptive Innovation

Sustainable Innovation Meets Disruptive Innovation

Why is success so hard to sustain?

In order to succeed, everybody should be involved and engaged in innovation.  Innovation should be broad; from innovations Read More

Resistant to Change: My Managers Don’t Want to Find a Blue Ocean?

Resistant to Change: My Managers Don’t Want to Find a Blue Ocean?

A former client called us recently about one of his divisions. It was “stuck,” he said in great frustration. As in so many cases after Read More

The 7 Principles of Thinking Like Leonardo DaVinci

The 7 Principles of Thinking Like Leonardo DaVinci

Michael J. Gelb, internationally renowned author, speaker, and consultant that helps individuals and organizations worldwide find innovative solutions Read More

Net Result, Net Reward: Engineering Sustainability

Net Result, Net Reward: Engineering Sustainability

  1. Do you track new product sales objectives?
  2. Is your NPD pipeline as robust as you’d like it to be?
  3. Do you reward people who contribute
  4. Read More

Sustainable Innovation Metrics

Sustainable Innovation Metrics

Of the 10 imperatives of Robert’s Rules of Innovation, Observe and Measure is one of the most vital. Innovation is ultimately about Return on Read More

Innovation From a “Gemba” Perspective

Innovation From a “Gemba” Perspective

When was the last time you approached your business as a customer?

Have you ever placed an order for your own product, and followed its Read More

How to Do a “Blue Ocean Strategy®?”: Step 1

How to Do a “Blue Ocean Strategy®?”: Step 1

After completing my three-day intensive certification as a practitioner of “Blue Ocean Strategy®,” it became clear that the one chapter really missing from the Read More

The Lost Interview

The Lost Interview

“What ruined Apple was not growth … what ruined apple was values… They got very greedy … Instead of following the original trajectory of the Read More

Randomness Awaits You

Randomness Awaits You

There is an adage among folks who work in innovation and creativity that the more ideas you have, the more likely you will have great Read More

If Ideas Are The Seeds Of Innovation…

If Ideas Are The Seeds Of Innovation…

Innovation is a product of human activity. Innovation keeps life interesting, yet it begins first, with ideation. The creation of a new thought or idea. Read More

Budge Husky CEO of Coldwell Banker on Using Innovation to Connect with Customers

Budge Husky CEO of Coldwell Banker on Using Innovation to Connect with Customers

Budge Huskey, CEO of Coldwell Banker, one of the country’s most prestigious real estate franchises, discusses how innovation has played a major role in Read More

Innovation: A Word You Love or a Way of Life?

Innovation: A Word You Love or a Way of Life?

At recent workshops I held on innovation, I was fascinated by the answer to my question: “Are you for innovation?” Everyone said “Yes!” But, when Read More

What’s Your “I Have a Dream” Speech?

What’s Your “I Have a Dream” Speech?

I remember hearing Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Even though I was a young girl when I first heard his speech, Read More