Category Archives: culture

Five Innovation Lessons from 3M

3M is an iconic innovative company. Although mostly known for “sticky and scratchy things” (post-its and sandpaper), 3M have over 55,000 products, releasing 25 new products per week and had over 3700 global patents granted in 2016. Over 90,000 employees, 200 manufacturing plants and 86 labs are all focused on progressing 3M’s innovation agenda, but ...

3 Innovation Types: Evolution, Preventative, Creative

We've positioned innovation incorrectly. Too often we position innovation as creating a new and valuable offering or solution, ready when customers are ready to demand new products and services. We've positioned innovation as something to do to prepare for future business, future needs and future demands. Yet, innovation does answer these issues...

Measuring Innovation – what really matters?

I attended a fabulous organizational culture conference recently in Melbourne that took the audience right back to culture, climate and engagement measurement basics. It was powerful to see how the links and connections between Organizational Culture Audits & Diagnostics, Climate and Engagement Surveys were expertly made.

The Ideas Problem

Ideas are the problem. I suspect many of you have heard this statement as often as I have. It’s usually translated as “we don’t have enough ideas”. Yet when you dig beneath the surface, you find that the bald statement isn’t always as it first appears. In this post, I’d like to offer some different translations of “Ideas are the problem”.

How To Be The Next Elon Musk

Everyone Wants To Be Elon Musk. Here’s How. If you spend any time on Quora, the question and answer site which I pioneered a version of back from 2000-2005 (as I’ve always said – begin a futurist is like being a meteorologist, you are usually right, but at the wrong time) you’ll find an inordinate…

To Change, We All Need Help and Structure

Structure Is Necessary For Change to Occur While I’ve written before on the concept of change, there are still many who don’t internalize the fact that life is change. They feel that there is such a thing as “steady state” and that at some point, things will stop changing and go “back to normal”. Unfortunately,…

“Faux Innovation” and Other Discontents

Over the course of this year, I’ve had the good fortune of working with three Global 50 companies – two U.S. based and one European.  I’ll simply refer to them as Company A, B and C.  Despite being in different industries (high-tech, financial services and industrial), one common theme emerged: senior leaders in each of ...