Five Tips for Prioritizing Every Day

This past weekend, after finally completing the book I’ve been working on for more than 2 years (The Moral of the Story), I was looking forward to relaxing a bit with the family. However, it didn’t take long before thoughts of all the things still on my plate for the weeks ahead began causing anxiety. ...

A New Facebook Group for Aspiring Innovators and Cultural Creatives

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After 28 years of being an "innovation provocateur" for hundreds of forward thinking organizations around the world, one thing has become very clear to me: most people with BIG IDEAS usually end up derailed somewhere along the way.

Simply put, they lose steam, lose heart, and lose their way. The result? No result.

This is why I have launched "Being a Creator on Planet Earth" -- a new Facebook group designed to help aspiring innovators, from every walk of life, manifest their big, bold, beautiful ideas. The content? Inspired quotes by creative icons, innovation-sparking articles, mind-opening videos, stories, best practices, and a sprinkling of tips, tools, and techniques. Juicy. Engaging. Fun.

Three minutes a day is all it takes. Sometimes, less than 60 seconds.

The Facebook Group
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50 quotes on possibility

4 Easy Ways to Retain Your Top Talent

The biggest challenge and greatest reward come from keeping the best people. Here’s how… Creating a world-class team is tough enough but keeping the team together, especially when you’re growing a company, is one of the greatest challenges you will face. One of the cornerstones of the success of my first Inc. 500 company was ...

What Appears to be Strategy Often is Not

I regularly engage in hansei (reflection) after each of my facilitation engagements. It’s a simple learning mechanism, essentially an after-action process of asking: what I expected to happen (my hypothesis if you will), what actually happened, and what explains the gap, if there is one. And there invariably is. The gap is where learning and insight live. ...

WANT TO LEAD A GOOD MEETING? Begin with Facilitative Presence!

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Since 1987, I have been facilitating a wide variety of high octave business meetings for just about every industry on planet earth. These meetings have been variably referred to as leadership development programs, creative thinking trainings, innovation workshops, team building off sites, brainstorming sessions, strategic planning pow wows, senior team retreats, annual conferences, and business simulations.

Along the way, as you might imagine, I've developed quite a repertoire of approaches, methods, processes, tools, techniques, and skills to help me get the job done. All of them have worked if delivered in the right way at the right time.

But when push comes to shove (as it often does), the single most effective meeting facilitation ability I've discovered is the most mysterious one of all: presence. Yes, presence, -- the ability to be totally in the moment, no matter what the collective mood, mindset, or drama is of the people in the room.

Attention Residue and Innovation

I recently came across Sophie Leroy’s academic paper, “Why is it so hard to do my work? The challenge of attention residue when switching between work tasks” Leroy, an organisational psychology professor from the University of Washington, researched why it was so difficult to maintain productivity from one work-task to the next. Her findings, unsurprisingly, discovered ...

Invent IT: Lufthansa Intrapreneurs Program

Lufthansa Systems, IT services provider in the airline industry with over 300 airline customers, initiated an Intrapreneurs program named Invent IT in 2007-2008. New Business and Innovation manager at Lufthansa Systems, and key executive of the program, Carina Leue-Bensch takes us step by step through this extensive journey, and draws some leassons learned out of this 10 years experience.

Numbers Are Telling Your Innovation Stories: Are You Listening?

In today’s market, companies that do not innovate do not thrive. Innovation has become a crucial component of a successful strategic plan. Therefore, I packed my bags and headed to the Back End of Innovation (BEI) conference, ready to hone my innovation skills. In collective acknowledgement of the difficulties of this end of the process, ...

Why Agile Learners are Ideal for Innovation

Agility holds a special interest for me. I named my consulting business Agility Innovation Specialists and constantly am looking to emphasize that agility is really important to managing innovation. Today, I share an article by the Korn Ferry Institute and my top line thoughts as important for advocacy of innovation.

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