Category Archives: leadership

5 Reasons Every Company Needs an Innovation Coach

Innovation is not a solo activity (and neither is my favorite sport to coach – basketball). And while the rare lone genius may be able to invent something on their own (although still always inspired by others), nobody can innovate by themselves. Innovation, by its very nature, requires collaboration. Companies are like brains. The brain ...

Rise of the Social Business Architect

The world is changing and needs Social Business Architects. Gone is the epoch of the passive consumer, now customers want a say. At the same time, the quest for survival and growth is causing companies to stop looking at suppliers as someone to squeeze on price and instead as partners in innovation. And, employers are realizing that to maximize their success they need to attract and engage the best talent not just into internal talent pools, but external ones as well.

The End of Talent Management

How can you attract, manage and retain talent in a modern organisation? Are the employers still the ones to decide, the ones in charge, the powerful puppeteers coordinating their talented staff top-­‐down? Or are the terms we are using already misleading us? All  those  questions  and  many  more  were  running  through  my  mind  when  my  ...

3 Innovation Lessons from Louis C.K.

  Despite all the talk of disruption and rapid Fortune 500 turnover it can feel like the same old brands are touted as the titans of innovation year in and out. In this multipart series I’ll look beyond the beloved behemoths and startup darlings to discover innovation inspiration in unlikely sources — NPR, opera & stand-up comedy. _____ ...

One Thing Never to Do When You Negotiate

Negotiation may well be the single most important and yet least understood business and life skill. Most people see negotiation as a conflict between adversaries, a way to one-up an opponent through manipulation. With over 30 years of running businesses, I can tell you that nothing could be further from the truth. Negotiation is not a boxing match; it's more like a dance between strangers in which the participants need to develop a deep understanding of each other to avoid tripping over themselves.

One Thing Never to Do When You Negotiate

Negotiation may well be the single most important and yet least understood business and life skill. Most people see negotiation as a conflict between adversaries, a way to one-up an opponent through manipulation. With over 30 years of running businesses, I can tell you that nothing could be further from the truth. Negotiation is not a boxing match; it's more like a dance between strangers in which the participants need to develop a deep understanding of each other to avoid tripping over themselves.

“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 ...

Innovation in Corporate Financial Services

Societal and technological trends are developing at an exponential pace. We see it, sense it, and read about it every day. While corporate innovation is often labelled as a viable strategy for improving the company’s performance, a successful implementation of corporate innovation remains challenging for most companies. Here, we share the most important innovation lessons we have learned over the last three years in a financial services context to help organizations, hopefully yours, avoid common pitfalls.