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A Creative Buzz

A Creative Buzz | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

People who like to write in cafes are onto something, it seems: A moderate level of noise—the equivalent of the background buzz of conversation — prompts more-creative thought, according to a study.

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Don’t Build A Company To Sell, Build It To Last

Don’t Build A Company To Sell, Build It To Last | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

Last June, Silicon Valley-based startup Evernote closed a round of funding. When describing its business strategy, CEO Phil Libin said, "A billion dollars isn’t cool. You know what’s really cool? Making a hundred year company." Wise venture capitalists salivated over the line. The best entrepreneurs don’t build to get bought, they build for a century.

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Work/Life Balance Is A Myth; Here's What You Can Do About It

Work/Life Balance Is A Myth; Here's What You Can Do About It | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

When I ask busy executives to describe a satisfying life, they often envision a scenario in which they work hard but dictate their own assignments. They want time to take part in important family events.

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Don't Think Different, Think About Different Things

Don't Think Different, Think About Different Things | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

This post is about innovation. But before we get started, imagine the produce area in your local supermarket. Were you able to do it? That seems like a strange question to ask. Of course you could. But the strangeness of the question says something fundamental about the way your memory works.

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Einstein, Anne Lamott, and Steve Jobs on Intuition vs. Rationality

Einstein, Anne Lamott, and Steve Jobs on Intuition vs. Rationality | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift".

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International Coaching Community of Practice in Milan

International Coaching Community of Practice in Milan | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

The Coaching Community of Practice (CPC) is a group of professional coaches whose purpose is to share knowledge and practices of the coaching profession. One of these groups is the International CPC of Milan, comprised of foreign as well as internationally-minded coaches. Meetings are held in English.

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How Far Will Your Vision Take You?

How Far Will Your Vision Take You? | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

The same obstacles that confronted the early settlers on the frontier can be the same ones you face in the boardroom. Just as the townspeople became restless in few years, so too will your team if they do not understand the vision.

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Why I Hire People Who Fail

Why I Hire People Who Fail | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

If you're not failing every now and then, you're probably not advancing. Mistakes are the predecessors to both innovation and success, so it is important to celebrate mistakes as a central component of any culture.

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Bosses, Stop Caring If Your Employees Are At Their Desks

Bosses, Stop Caring If Your Employees Are At Their Desks | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

Have you ever suspected that you’d be healthier, happier, and perhaps even more productive, if you could just get your work done on your own schedule instead of your boss’s? New research suggests you’re probably right.

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Strategic HR Predictions for 2012: Brace Yourself for Change

Strategic HR Predictions for 2012: Brace Yourself for Change | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

What can you expect in 2011 in Strategic HR and Talent Management? Bersin’s 14 predictions for the year seem largely on target to me. John Hollon, editor of TLNT, provides an excellent summary of all 14 predictions, but here are four that stood out.

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9 Things That Motivate Employees More Than Money

9 Things That Motivate Employees More Than Money | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

Don't show  them the money (even if you have it). Here are nine better ways to boost morale.

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Are you Investing Enough in Yourself?

There is an old “business school rule” that says that businesses should reinvest 25% of their gross revenues back into their businesses in marketing and promotion. Most entrepreneurs don’t follow this rule, become bogged down in administrative tasks, and don’t invest enough in their businesses.

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Why Meetings Are A Waste Of Time And How To Run Them More Efficiently

Why Meetings Are A Waste Of Time And How To Run Them More Efficiently | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

Do business meetings drive you crazy? Consider these forgotten rules the next time you want to call a meeting.

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Creativity Happens When You Least Expect It

Creativity Happens When You Least Expect It | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

In a paper published last December in the journal Thinking and Reasoning, psychologist Mareike Wieth and her colleagues found that when people have to solve "insight problems" that require a high degree of creativity, solvers are much more successful when they tackle these problems at the time of day in which they are least alert.

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Don't Confuse Passion with Competence

Don't Confuse Passion with Competence | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

The most successful innovators are consistently portrayed as possessing a passion that borders on dogmatism. There's no doubt that passion is a critical component of innovation. But leaders overseeing innovation efforts inside their companies need to be careful of mistaking passion for competence.

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How Entrepreneurs Can Create An Innovation Space

How Entrepreneurs Can Create An Innovation Space | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

Innovation is a process and it doesn’t happen equally for all entrepreneurs. Creative thinking is a process that is not uniform for everybody. So how can entrepreneurs find that innovative space?

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What You Can Learn About Innovation from Amazon, Starbucks and USPS

What You Can Learn About Innovation from Amazon, Starbucks and USPS | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

How do the big companies stay on top? Take a look at some of the new customer-service ideas Amazon, USPS and Starbucks have in store.

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To-Do Lists Don't Work

To-Do Lists Don't Work | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

Stop making to-do lists. They're simply setting you up for failure and frustration, Daniel Markovitz says. He explains the five fundamental problems with to-do lists that render them ineffective.

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Why Failure Can Take You One Step Closer to Success

Why Failure Can Take You One Step Closer to Success | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

Those who have success have met with failure many times before. Failure can bring you one step closer to success: it’s not an occasion to cry, it’s an opportunity to learn, grow and improve.

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Top 10 Ways to Create a More Focused and Productive Work Environment

Top 10 Ways to Create a More Focused and Productive Work Environment | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

Although the office is supposed to be a place for productive and efficient work, that isn't always the case. In fact, sometimes your workplace can turn into one of the least effective locations for getting things done.

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To Create Something Exceptional, Do Sweat The Small Stuff

To Create Something Exceptional, Do Sweat The Small Stuff | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

Business schools and most jobs don’t teach you how important it is to sweat the small stuff. And yet, when we look at the greatest inventions, greatest companies, and greatest teams of our time, their success always comes down to tireless concern over every last detail.

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What Makes a Good Manager - Ingredients of a Good Manager

What makes a good manager. In the corporate rat race, every professional aspires to be a manager some day but hardly any aspire to be a good.

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Small Business Outlook for 2012: Business as Usual?

Small Business Outlook for 2012: Business as Usual? | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

As 2011 draws to a close, what are the biggest challenges small business owners are facing? And what is their outlook for the coming year?

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Richard Branson on When Inexperience Is an Advantage

Richard Branson on When Inexperience Is an Advantage | Innovation coaching | Scoop.it

Since our Student days, we have started hundreds of new businesses, in most cases knowing next to nothing about the industries we were moving into. And our inexperience has always allowed us to focus on how we can do things differently, rather than on the reasons we cannot.

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Why Startup Hubs Work

Startups in other places are just doing what startups naturally do: fail, Paul Graham says. The real question is, what's saving startups in places like Silicon Valley?

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