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November 4, 2018

Inside large complex organizations, ideas are cheap, often discovered and tossed aside. When we have an idea, our first inclination is to secure leadership support. However, most successful innovation starts with finding a friend. Just think about it for a moment, leaders are inundated with new ideas on a daily basis. They couldn’t possibly endorse them all and keep the business running. As a result, they are predisposed to reject most...

May 12, 2018

Scientists have long marveled at how life flourishes on the edge where the sea thrusts upon the shore, creating the tidal pools. A diverse set of life-forms from mussels, to sea stars, to crabs and anemones lurk in beds of kelp and sea grass. These life-forms engage in a daily feast of food and oxygen. Algae and other intertidal plants grow in the abundant sunlight of the shallow waters, and the constant wave action supplies a rich sou...

April 7, 2018

If you have spent any time within an organization you have had the opportunity to experience the energy from the people around you. In some cases, there is a noticeable buzz around a team or project in which ideas flow freely and individuals are able to easily build upon the viewpoints of others. Other times, these interactions are simply grueling. You walk away depleted or de-energized. These day-to-day interactions matter significant...

February 4, 2018

Researchers from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University show that the geniuses of yesterday, responsible for such scientific breakthroughs as the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, Euclidean geometry and Nash’s Equilibrium Theory, are now giving way to collaborative scholars working together across boundaries. Led by Brian Uzzi, the research team searched 19.9 million published papers and more than 2.1 million paten...

January 1, 2018

In today’s dynamic business environment, lack of agility is the kiss of death. A study from Washington University shows that an estimated 40% of today’s S&P 500 companies will no longer exist a decade from now. Today organizations need to embrace the mantra, “positively disrupt or be disrupted.” Harvard economist, Joseph Schumpeter, popularized the concept of disruption way back in 1942. His argument was that surges of innovation would...

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