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Archive for October, 2013

Management…

We manage time, budgets, meetings, people, resources, and even our weight!

What about our minds; are you making mental agreements that are holding you back?
Are you guilty of thinking like this:

I’m not good enough…
I’ll never…
I’m too young…
I’m too old…
I’m not smart enough…
I’m too fat…
I’m too thin…
I’m too tired…
I’m not ready…
I’m too weak…

If mental agreements are holding you back, it’s time to engage in some mind management and rethink your thoughts.

Keep this top of mind instead:
You are stronger than you seem, braver than you believe, and smarter than you think. Now go for it and re-frame those negative mental agreements into more “can do” phrases.

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Exploitation or Exploration!

Research shows there are two approaches to innovation; exploitation and exploration. In exploitation the creative challenge is to find new ways to make the most of your current mix of products/services. In exploration, you find ways to shake it up, you “explore” new and different approaches.

Do you know when to exploit and when to explore? And do you know how to exploit and how to explore? Daniel Goleman’s blog offers insight for leaders who want to learn how…

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What’s keeping you up at night?

Innovation and Leadership at its best. EKOCENTER is a great example of leadership and innovation as a collection of talented people who are collaborating for a worthy cause, improving access to water and so much more. Bravo! Read Muhtar Kent’s post on why water keeps him up at night.

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Innovation vs Protection!

The current buzz is around cultures of innovation vs. cultures of protection. What would your people say? Is your work environment open to ideas, changes, improvements, and innovations or are people who have ideas shut down and expected to stay the course and hold true to the status quo?

Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks recently spoke to the value of culture. He said: “We are in 62 countries. We are the leading consumer brand on Facebook and Twitter and we are processing over 5 million mobile transactions a week… What’s so revealing is that despite the differences in culture, politics, language, how people dress, there is a universal feeling that we all want the same thing. We deeply want to be respected and appreciated for our differences. There is a longing for human connection, for an emotional relationship with one another… We’ve been able to create an environment that has great universal appeal and local relevancy. Our “secret sauce,” is the culture and values of our company.”

And Gary Kelly, Chairman, President and CEO, Southwest Airlines describes SWA’s culture this way: “We are not a company of planes, we are a Company of People. Transporting you to and from is what we do. How we do it and who we are is our “secret sauce.” Everything begins and ends with our people! If we keep our Employees happy and engaged, they will keep our Customers happy, who will in turn reward us with their loyalty.

Both Southwest Airlines and Starbucks boast of a “secret sauce,” a difficult to replicate culture where all people are valued, and all people are invited and expected to bring innovative ideas to work. Both businesses have figured out how to inspire cultures of innovation.

What are you doing to create a culture of innovation, where people are engaged, connected to each other, the customers, and communities? Do the people in your organization have the freedom and confidence to bring their ideas to work?

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Become a Remarkable Innovator

To innovate why not borrow from the 9 beliefs of “remarkably successful people.”

Remarkable innovators…
1. Manage Time: Innovators don’t let deadlines control their schedule, they manage time (time does not manage them) they work quickly and efficiently.
2. Choose: Innovators choose to work with a purposeful and diverse collection of talent, innovation teams are not serendipitous.
3. Whatever-it-takes: Innovators are never above a task, they are always willing to do whatever-it-takes.
4. Do: Innovators just do it, they get it done.
5. Fail: Innovators own failure, they don’t blame, instead they learn from failure, let go, and move on.
6. Volunteer: Innovators step in and participate, they learn more by doing.
7. ROI: Innovators create savings, increase efficiencies, offer enhanced experiences, improve processes all for a better ROI.
8. Listen: Innovators are open to input from all parties who will be influenced by the outcome.
9. Think Extra: Innovators are always willing to go the extra mile, its where they like to hang out.

Which remarkable behaviors should you and your team embrace and practice to accelerate innovation?














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