Eager to Innovate? Get Out from Behind Your Desk

Eager to Innovate? Get Out from Behind Your Desk In my last blog post, I described a simple way most organizations can jump start their capacity for innovating. It involved, first, giving everyone in your organization permission to innovate; then, creating opportunities for people to use, train, and develop their “innovating muscles.”  Specifically, I suggested […]

To Flip the Innovating Switch, Become a Customer

To Flip the Innovating Switch, Become a Customer As an innovation trainer, I am often asked by business leaders, “How can we jumpstart the practice of innovating at our organization?” After all, most companies at least pay lip service to the value of innovation. But, in practice, only a select handful of people actually devote […]

“Make Others Jealous”—A New Motto for Innovators

“Make Others Jealous”—A New Motto for Innovators You may have heard the saying, “Don’t ask for permission, ask for forgiveness.” It’s an expression typically addressed to frontline innovators to encourage them to try new things. It reflects the fact that, in many organizations, innovating is subtly discouraged—despite the fact that innovation is often highly praised.  […]

Focus on Innovating and You’ll Get Innovation

Focus on Innovating and You’ll Get Innovation In the minds of many people, the words innovation and innovating are synonyms—two words that mean exactly the same thing. Technically, that may be true! Yet as a business school professor and a consultant who has taught thousands of business leaders how to innovate, I’ve discovered that most […]