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Disruptive Innovation is about to hit the Management Consulting Industry, Hard.

The Management Consulting Industry is Booming, and it’s about to be Disrupted. This article originally appeared in Inc Magazine and later on upBOARD. Management consulting is a $250 billion industry. It’s big. It’s growing. It’s highly profitable. And it’s about to be disrupted. Whether the focus is strategy, operations, tax, finance, HR, or IT, business…

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Fast Cycle Time & Lean Start-up Idea Testing for Innovation

Lean Start-Up. Rapid Iteration. Fast Cycle Times. Moving faster and cheaper when creating new products and services ideas is the name of the innovation game.  Here’s how to do it like never before.   A few weeks ago, Jeff Bezos voiced a dirty little secret about disruptive innovation: it’s not just about creating groundbreaking new…

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5 Business Model Strategies & Tools for Digital Innovation

Disrupt or be Disrupted… Here are Five Business Model Strategies & Tools for Digital Innovation   At some point every industry and every organization will face disruption. From retailers like Blockbuster and Borders Books to tech giants like Nokia and Blackberry, seemingly untouchable brands have been caught off guard by rapidly changing business landscapes. Your…

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5 Innovation ToolKits to Drive Business Growth

Promoting a culture of innovation focused on business growth starts with providing practical tools that give anyone the opportunity to innovate in whatever they do. (Article based on the book, The Invisible Advantage) It’s one thing to say you want a culture of innovation. It’s another to actually get everyone truly innovating. We hear it…

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4 Traits of Successful Intrapreneurs

In large organizations, Innovation come from Intrapreneurs. Here are the 4 most common characteristics that entrepreneurs exhibit within companies. Intrapreneurs are these unique individuals or entrepreneurs working within your company who promote innovative products, ideas, systems or services – thus the ‘intra’. These employees could be sitting in any function within the organization and are…

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5 Ways to Innovate How You Innovate

Sustained competitive advantage comes from innovating how we innovate. That’s the essence of real innovation. In the past, new products and technologies consumed the vast majority of the innovation air-time. That’s no longer the case. The most innovative companies today realize that competitive differentiation comes as much from how they innovate as it does from…

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Why Women are the Future (and Past) of Business Innovation

Mainstream business culture penalizes women for being women. But “feminine” skill sets are the not-so-secret ingredients for what it takes to innovate in today’s digital world. When it comes to business, women get screwed. Women make 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. Only 25 CEOs in the Fortune 500 are women, a mere…

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10 Questions to Inspire Innovation

What Types of Questions Push Thinking and Inspire Innovation? Pushing thinking to find breakthroughs and innovate is as much about asking the right questions as finding the right answers.  CIO Insight recently published a great summary of 10 questions that can be used for leapfrogging mindsets to foster innovation: 1. Accentuate the Positive “What experiences…

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The Power of Surprise

Why do we avoid uncertainty and surprise? Most leaders avoid uncertainty.  Most organizations hate surprises.   It makes sense.  Predictability and control are the unquestioned holy grails of management. But could we be overlooking an essential and critical ingredient of breakthrough leadership and innovation?  For example, every management book on Amazon with the word “surprise” in…

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Five Leadership Competencies for Disruptive Innovation

What are the leadership competencies for disruptive innovation? Disruptive innovation is no longer the exception, it’s the rule. Just look at Blackberry, Blockbuster, Borders, and Kodak – all companies that missed opportunities to leapfrog to the next big thing. If we’re not proactively driving disruption, we’ll eventually need to react to it. Most leaders, however,…

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Why Too Much Power Stifles Innovation

Does power hinder or help our ability to innovate? When it comes to innovation, we all know that open-mindedness, deferring judgment, including diverse inputs from diverse people, and fostering collaboration inside and outside the organization are all success factors when going for big ideas that will make a big difference. But recent research from USC’s…

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Magnum’s Breakthrough Surprise – Adult Only Ice Cream

Magnum uses the Power of Surprise for Breakthroughs So you think ice cream is for kids? Try telling that to Unilever who sells over a billion Magnum ice cream bars a year – many to adults. Magnum’s wild success is based on using the “Power of Surprise” in its product innovation and marketing. In the…

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Don’t Fear Failure, Fear Fear Itself

How does FEAR impact innovation? At many companies, there’s a lot of room for lip service, but little for real failure. We hear the catch phrases over and over: failure is necessary for success, we must fail faster to succeed sooner, and so on. But as soon as the possibility of actual failure arises, suddenly…

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Leading Innovation – Fighting Fires Burns Down the House

Why Fighting Everyday Fires will Burn Down Your House I recently had the opportunity to provide a guest blog post on LeaderLab, one of the leading blogs focused on leadership, innovation and strategy. The post is titled Leading for Innovation: Why Fighting Fires Burns Down the House. Here’s an excerpt: Whereas innovation used to be…

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Take an External Perspective for Breakthroughs

It’s tough to challenge assumptions and innovate when we have the same conversations with the same colleagues and about the same topics. So how do we stir things up to shift our mindsets, come up with new ideas and innovate? This video interview, conducted by Tad Milbourn, the host of Intuit’s Innovators Exchange, describes the…

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Innovation Lessons from the Economic Downturn

What lessons can we draw from times of scarcity and discipline to help us be more creative and innovative during periods of greater prosperity? During an economic downturn, it’s hard to think outside the bucks – let alone the box. We often jump to cost-cutting in an effort to preserve profits and cash flow. The…

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