Silicon Valley’s Secret and other Resources

What’s Silicon Valley’s secret? How do you become #1 out of 30,000? How do you create a culture of innovation? Simple questions with complex answers. These resources will help you leapfrog to your next big thing… Tap into the 7 Secrets of Silicon Valley’s Innovation Culture Silicon Valley isn’t just a spot on a map.…

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Crucial Innovation Strategies for 2014

As we move into 2014, we must remind ourselves about what we already know while keeping on eye on what’s changing. Doing so can make the difference between disrupting and being disrupted.

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Use the "Surprise Factor" for Viral Innovation

Viral Innovation is about delivery “surprise” in products, services, business models, and customer experiences. The goal is to infuse the unexpected into everything you do for customers — and deliver a continuous stream of positive surprises.

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4 Rabble-Rousing Resources for Innovating the Soft Stuff

Leading innovation is about recognizing the importance of formal and informal rewards, communication through storytelling, and giving people freedom while providing just the right amount of structure. Here are four rabble-rousers from the last few months that will give you an edge: 6 Ways to Create a Culture of Innovation Gain insight into six ways…

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Forget Brainstorming. Use Painstorming for breakthrough innovation.

(Download the Painstorming Template) Most brainstorms fall far short of breakthroughs. Painstorming provides the focus and insight to leapfrog to the next big thing. Brainstorming is today’s no-brainer. Most leaders and organizations preach it and teach it. It’s about generating lots of ideas, deferring judgment and then – for savvy innovators – using some type…

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Create Your Company’s Culture of Innovation

When FastCompany published 6 Ways to Create a Culture of Innovation, within the first few days the article received thousands of tweets and shares from FastCo’s page alone. It went on to become one of the year’s most popular pieces on innovation. Why such keen interest in this topic? Many leaders and organizations have finally…

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Breakthrough Innovation for Associations

Today I spoke to over 100 executives as part of the American Society of Association Executives Leadership Forum. The venue: Quebec, Canada. The topic: Breakthrough Innovation. When I asked the audience how many of them have experienced disruptive change in their markets and organizations, every hand in the house went up. In addition to sharing…

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The Culture of Innovation Canvas – Design Your Innovative Organization

All companies, whether they’re successful with innovation or not, have one thing in common: they have their own “personalities.” These personalities are their unique organizational cultures – the shared experiences, values, norms, assumptions and beliefs that shape individual and group behavior, and that (for better or for worse) ultimately impact their business success. Video: Culture…

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5 Ways to Innovate How We Innovate

Sustained competitive advantage comes from innovating how we innovate.  That’s the essence of real innovation. In the past, new products and technologies consumed the vast majority of the innovation air-time. That’s no longer the case. The most innovative companies today realize that competitive differentiation comes as much from how they innovate as it does from…

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Debunking the Bestseller – Part 2

Stop Drinking the Bath Water The last couple of weeks have been far from restful for me. Two weeks ago The Wall Street Journal published an article on “bestseller campaigns” and highlighted the fact that I used the marketing strategy to vault my book Leapfrogging onto the bestseller lists. I woke up to see my…

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