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The Discipline of Innovation

Five Questions that Will Help You Build an Innovation Culture

How do we innovate in a risk-averse culture? By realising that a culture is something that we create ourselves, through our interactions with people daily. When we change the way we act, we start to change out culture.

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Ideas Change Lives: How Tom Peters’ Changed Mine

When I started a new job in New Zealand in 1997, reading Thriving on Chaos by Tom Peters changed my life. Here’s the story…

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Innovation Lessons from the Rise, Fall, and Rise of LEGO

After a string of innovation failures, LEGO nearly went out of business in 2003. Brick by Brick tells the story of how this happened, and how LEGO turned things around to become an innovation powerhouse again. There are some broad lessons that can be learned from this story.

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Talk is the Technology of Leadership

There are lots of things that we do unconsciously – like listening and speaking. But talk is the technology of leadership – so we should actually start paying attention to building skills in these activities.

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Here’s One Good Way to Kill Innovation

If all new ideas get killed as soon as the first see the light of day, you will never be able to build an effective innovation culture. Here are some thoughts on how to work around this problem.

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Four Key Issues in Innovation Management

Ralph Ohr & I met up at the end of last year and talked a lot about the state of innovation. These are the four issues that we identified as the ones that we think are the most important/interesting in the field right now.

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Actually, People Love Change

Do people really hate change? Not if they think it will make their lives better.

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How to Manage Innovation as a Process

The Innovation Value Chain is a great tool to use to help you manage innovation as a process. This post uses a small case study to show how to use it.

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Apple is a Manic Pixie Dream Firm

The Manic Pixie Dream Girl Nancy and I saw Ruby Sparks last night, and really enjoyed it. It’s written by Zoe Kazan, who also stars, and it absolutely skewers the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope. Nathan Rabin defined Manic Pixie Dreams Girls (MPDG) in his review of Elizabethtown: The Manic Pixie Dream Girl exists solely […]

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