Try this: Take a group of senior leaders to Walmart and give them $50 to buy a complete outfit, all the way down to their underwear and shoes. Then, send them off to the fitting rooms to put on the new clothes and dispatch their own garments into a sack. Once they are transformed into the role of a mass-market customer, they are each given $100 to buy one week of groceries for a family of four. How do you think people in your business would do on this customer immersion?
If you have any business or working relationship at all, then what each of us does affects the other much more directly than we ever realized. Imagine what that means to individuals working together on a daily basis.
Do you know what the opposite of a “professional” is?
And, at the risk of being unprofessional, here’s mine:
One of the great secrets to manifesting anything on planet Earth is to act as if — to proceed in the spirit of already having succeeded — or what Steven Covey refers to as “beginning with the end in mind.”
"After years of telling corporate citizens to 'trust the system,' many companies must relearn instead to trust their people - and encourage their people to use neglected creative capacities in order to tap the most potent economic stimulus of all: idea power." - Rosabeth Moss Kanter
The iPad and a growing number of other tablets continue to challenge the dominance of the PC; new arrivals such as the Aakash may make an even bigger mark. They continue to redefine where computers are used and in the process, how we do things.
If you or your organization has developed an innovative solution to a crushing social problem and you want to share your story with a large, elite and influential audience, we encourage you to submit a video.
Open innovation may seem to be the preserve of big business. After all, it is often associated with long established monstrosities like Proctor and Gamble and IBM. But it is an approach that can be used by all companies, especially start-ups and small businesses. After all, when a business comprises just the owner-operator or a handful of partners or employees, it lacks diversity of mind. Yet, diversity feeds creativity and innovation.
Being a leader means you are involved in team building each time you propose or commence a new project. Every project requires new dynamics, new resources, and different skills. Each team you work with will approach their project in a unique way.
Most of the entrepreneurs I know realize they have some bad habits, like maybe procrastination or not listening well, so they focus on dropping these. New studies indicate that a more productive approach would be adopting new good habits and behaviors that clearly move your business forward, like good time management and implementing customer recommendations.
“L’art naît dans la contrainte et meurt de liberté”, répétait Michel-Ange. Précepte repris dans l’innovation, de Bangalore à Shanghai en passant par Mexico ou Nairobi. Dans ces pays émergents – dans ce domaine ils n’ont d’émergent que le nom – nombre d’acteurs qui voient, dans un esprit très churchillien, des opportunités dans les contraintes, non l’inverse.
I asked a company the other day whether or not they were going to take advantage of a great event here in NYC. Its an opportunity to pitch Sony on a biz dev deal--a no brainer for nearly any company given the scope of Sony's areas of interest. (applications are due this Monday the 31st)
We realize very well that creativity, a critical eye, and an open mind are essential skills in every organization that pursues a sustainable culture of innovation. When looking for improvements (or even whole new concepts), having a community of employees, partners and clients that can contribute interesting ideas or solve issues quickly and effectively using a dedicated innovation tool is beneficial to everyone.
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