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5 Ways Leaders Enable Innovation In Their Teams

5 Ways Leaders Enable Innovation In Their Teams | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Wise Leader™
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Innovation begins with those people who touch the business across all functional and departmental areas.   Innovation is not dependent on the participation of high-ranking executives — but on any employee that is a student of the business, knows their customers and their specific needs.

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, April 8, 2014 4:52 AM

5 Ways Leaders Enable Innovation In their Teams

JC FAILLANT's curator insight, April 9, 2014 8:26 AM

Une belle synthèse de quelques postures clés pour favoriser l'innovation et conduire le changement. Article qui vulgarise le sujet.

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25 Visionaries Who Created Empires From Virtually Nothing

25 Visionaries Who Created Empires From Virtually Nothing | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Some of the greatest fortunes and empires in history were created by people who started with nothing. Today, the author celebrates 25 of these iconic figures – businessmen, technology entrepreneurs, even celebrities and athletes – by recalling the tales of their rise to glory.

 

Don’t feel bad if your favorites aren’t on the list, this is just a glimpse of the many visionaries we’ve seen throughout history and there are countless others who also deserve attention. While each of them took a slightly different path to financial greatness, virtually all of them started from very humble beginnings.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor, Kenneth Mikkelsen, David Hain, Wise Leader™
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25 greats we all can learn from. 

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invisibleinc's curator insight, October 23, 2013 1:38 PM

Something from nothing is not impossible when you have drive, creativity and ingenuity.

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Innovate or Perish. It’s the New Business Reality. Is Your Company Ready?

Innovate or Perish. It’s the New Business Reality. Is Your Company Ready? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Innovation isn’t a natural mindset for most leaders—or for the companies they work for—but the good news is that innovation can be learned.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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As technology and globalization continue to change the business world at record-breaking rates, companies have to focus on innovation to have the greatest chance of survival. And now that research shows that innovation can be learned, there’s never been a better time to invest in training that supports innovative thinking in business leaders.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, July 8, 2013 4:13 PM

recent IBM poll of 1,500 CEOs identified creativity as the No. 1 “leadership competency” of the future. And without innovative leadership, the results can be catastrophic. Think Blockbuster. Eastman Kodak. Hostess Brands.

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Why We're So Afraid of Change ~ What Holds Businesses Back - Forbes

Why We're So Afraid of Change ~ What Holds Businesses Back - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

"Embracing change requires you yourself to experience the changes you’re asking your organization to undergo."

 

Our client is now desperately hoping his division’s leaders will embrace change, maybe even a Blue Ocean Strategy. They’ve reached a dangerous tipping point that could risk the future of their business.

 

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To ignite change, you need to do it yourself first.
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Via Deb Nystrom, REVELN, Bobby Dillard
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In 2009, Steve McKee published “When Growth Stalls” in which he notes that 41.2% of nearly 5,700 companies he studied stalled in the previous decade. The number of reasons why are staggering, namely: a failure to focus, no competitive point of difference, and weak brand images and identities, to name just a few.

Given this reality, we can turn to science to explain why businesses stagnate. Growing research from the neurosciences and cognitive sciences reveal that change really is difficult for humans. Resistance comes from three forces:

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, April 9, 2013 2:52 PM

Any Blue Ocean change practitioners out there who wish to comment on their client experience of "do it yourself first?"  ~  Deb

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Why Some Innovative Leaders Get Exceptional Results

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How is it that only a few business leaders and entrepreneurs seem to drive exceptional results and disruptive innovation in this rapidly changing market economy (marketquake)? These few seem more adept at executing market and technology turns, not just incremental evolution. They consistently take bold steps to stay ahead of [...]

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Here are ten processes that drive the disruptive innovations that entrepreneurs and startups all dream about:

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Gerald Hinteregger's curator insight, March 20, 2014 6:23 AM

Auch hier steht wieder das Thema Vertrauen und Integrität an erster Stelle. Ohne das GEHT ES NICHT. Zumindest nicht auf Dauer.

Efficienarta's curator insight, March 24, 2014 4:35 AM

Actions not words! (My old school motto)

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Three Critical Innovation Roles: Broker, Role Model, Risk-Taker

Three Critical Innovation Roles:  Broker, Role Model, Risk-Taker | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Innovation comes from informal key leadership roles. Brokers, Role Models and Risk-takers are the engine of innovation cultures.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, AlGonzalezinfo, Amy Melendez
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 The greatest threat to innovation is an information silo.  Free and open information exchange and conversation is the fuel that drives innovation in organizations; but all too often, information is walled off in divisions, functional areas, or geographies.

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Robin Martin's comment, August 6, 2013 1:39 PM
Thanks for sharing!
Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, August 10, 2013 9:14 AM

"You won’t find these functions described in job descriptions, nor will you find someone with a title like “risk-taker.”  You won’t find these roles being incentivized, or formally evaluated or even recognized, as a rule.   Like many aspects of an innovation culture, they happen – serendipitously – or they don’t.  And because the roles are elusive and difficult to measure, they can go unappreciated and unnoticed.  And then they gradually fade away.

 

But if you look hard in your organization, trust your own judgment, and use your best observational skills, you can find, nurture, and acknowledge these key individuals and keep their critical skill sets alive . . . and growing."

Pascal Hoguet's curator insight, August 12, 2013 3:13 PM

Des rôles clés, facteurs de succès pour favoriser l'innovation dans une organisation.

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Leadership Innovation 2.0

Leadership Innovation 2.0 | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Economic unrest, changing market conditions and tough competition mean companies have to change their approach to leadership and equip leaders to get by in a new business environment.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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As technology changes traditional ways of organising employee collaboration, new opportunities will arise for leaders. In the future, the most important leadership task will be to support employees’ self-determination and creative opportunities for expression.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 16, 2013 8:46 PM

We need to do more than just get by. That is part of the problem.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's comment, May 17, 2013 4:37 AM
Thanks for your comments, Ivon and John. Best, Kenneth
Peg Gillard's curator insight, May 18, 2013 8:47 AM

As our culture changes, so too must our leadership.