Are communication technologies like Slack, Yammer and Skype actually helping us, or just getting in the way? Certainly, they have made it easier to communicate, share information and collaborate with colleagues, but what if all that extra communication is actually preventing us from getting important work done?
Finding new product ideas and innovations to excite customers requires colossal creative effort and a certain comfort level with risk-taking. The considerable effort to take a product from idea to development to launch is both time and energy intensive. If it also demands dealing with naysayers at the table who poke holes in every idea ...
Most innovators have their own style when they pitch their ideas. Some styles work better than others. Few, like Nancy Duarte, have systemized the product pitch into a verifiable process that works. Her system works in innovation, product management, and in leadership, particularly when it comes time to scale the company. Continue reading
Recently I had an opportunity to interview Chris Laping, the former Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Red Robin restaurant chain about some of the challenges in achieving successful organizational change. Chris' is a voice that emerged from the darkness as I was creating the Change Planning Toolkit™and conducting the research for my latest book Charting Change and its focus on beating the 70% change failure rate. Continue reading