Innovation & Change Management

Centenary

How to Boldly Overhaul Your Brand And Save Your Business From Disaster

Here is another great blog from Andrea Simon. It’s a great example of how a brave leader used a crisis to spur dramatic change. Ever been on a sinking ship? That was the state of Centenary College when Dr. Kenneth L. Hoyt took over as president in 2001. To say…
replaced

Your Business Is Doing Great! But Are You on The Brink?

Here is a guest blog from Andrea Simon. It’s a great follow-up to my blog on learning from Chipotle’s Crisis. How could something called corporate anthology, help Chipotle and other businesses change proactively? Read on, and Andrea explains.  I always enjoy my workshops with CEOs. They teach me a lot…
insiders

How to Develop Strategy Using Your Insiders

Last week I picked up the MIT Sloan Management Review Fall 2016 issue while waiting for dinner. I turned to the last page and read an article by Teppo Felin entitled: “When Strategy Walks Out the Door.” What was really important was the need to include employees in both strategy…
business

5 Attributes of the Successful Business Executive

The human brain resists change, which in evolutionary terms, is a good thing. Resisting change is a reasonable survival tactic for individuals: repeating tasks we’re familiar with takes less brain energy and has known outcomes, while making changes to one's routine creates a higher short-term risk of mistakes. But for a business, resistance to change…
blue ocean

How To Find Your Blue Ocean Strategy®: Step 1

  The phenomenally successful book, "Blue Ocean Strategy" by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne, powerfully teaches business leaders of all stripes how to "go where the profits and growth are and the competition isn’t." As a trained practitioner in Blue Ocean Strategy® who has been working with clients for years on how…
YingYang

The Ying and Yang of Innovation: Inherent Conflict with Operations

“Genius is 1 percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration.” Thomas Edison Much of the first 15 years of my career was spent implementing brand new initiatives and cleaning up existing operations. Whether it was improving a department’s effectiveness, implementing new software or combining departments as a result of a merger or…

Are YOU an Idea Killer?

“A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man’s brow.”  Charles Brower or Ovid How do you receive new ideas? Leaders know that ideas…

Stop, then Ask: The Language of Innovation and Change

"...the leader of the past knew how to tell. The leader of the future will know how to ask." Peter Drucker “He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.” Albert Einstein Any type of improvement or…

Disaster or Innovation? Your Reaction to Failure Determines Which It Is

A few sentences in a recent New Times article about failure particularly struck me: “… (an) unexpected truth about innovation: It is, by necessity, inextricably linked with failure. The path to any success is lined with disasters.” Disaster?! That’s a strong word. Just the thought of it turns my stomach,…

Open Your Mind and Generate New Ideas by Reversing Everything

Andrea Simon recently spoke to my Vistage Peer Advisory Groups. She is a certified Blue Ocean Strategist. A “Blue Ocean” is a new market space with no competition where demand is created rather than fought over. Andrea says that the key to finding our Blue Ocean is “to ‘see with…
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