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Lead and Sustain Your Organization in the Innovation Economy
Lead and Sustain Your Organization in the Innovation Economy


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#BIF2018 — Business Innovation Factory Collaborative Innovation Summit — It's Not Your Usual Conference;

#RCUS: The Next Generation (I'm honored to be on the #RCUS Team for a fourth year in a row);

Being Remembered Is About Bringing Your Sustainability Story To Life;

Why Ambassadors Are No Longer Just for Nations;

Should Executives Be More Like Venture Capitalists?;

What Leaders Need To Do To Boost Innovation;

If You Don't Want To Innovate…Buy a Startup!;

Value Chain Analysis;

How the Repeal of Net Neutrality Will Affect Innovation;

What If People Were Paid for Their Data?;

Refugees Are Learning To Map Their World and Gain Marketable Skills in the Process;

Eight Ways To Create Space for Innovation;

Collaborate To Innovate;

This Is What Real Courage Looks Like;

Allow Innovation Exercises To Expand Business Model (pg. 2);

Summer holiday posts + photos and illustrations as credited and more from this past month — Creative Sage™ Tumblr Collection of Curated Links, News and Resources:

#Innovation #Collaboration #BIF2018 #RCUS #Data #Leadership #Management #Marketing #BusinessModels #VC #Funding #Scaling #ValueChain #Sustainability #CSR #SocEnt
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Five Questions To Ask before Making the Leap To Innovate

[Excerpt by Meredith Somers, at MIT Sloan:]

[Summary:] What to ask to move forward while keeping your existing offerings alive.

Why It Matters

Deciding to innovate from a place of stability can be unnerving — but it's a must for survival. Here are five questions that will help you move forward while maintaining your existing offerings.

The USS Enterprise was built in the 1950s, commissioned in 1961, and retired in 2013.

That means that the U.S. naval aircraft carrier was being designed "probably before the start of the Korean War," said MIT Sloan senior lecturer Steven Spear, an expert on managing complex development, designs, and delivery.

"Certainly before the Vietnam War, before the Cuban Missile Crisis, before the Navy had to support land-based operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, before anyone had even the glimmer of a possibility of a portable photocopier, let alone a desktop PC," Spear said. "The internal systems, the weaponry, the missions, 50 years later nothing was the same. [It was] designed and rebuilt on the fly."

But reinventing and innovating while keeping an existing enterprise afloat isn’t easy. In a new white paper “Making the leap: Creating new, breakthrough platforms while sustaining existing ones,” Spear proposes five questions an established organization should ask itself as it pursues new innovations.

[Read more:]

And here's the link to the downloadable .PDF document referenced in this article, "Making the Leap: Creating new, breakthrough platforms while sustaining existing ones," by Steven Spear:

#Innovation #InnovationManagement #Operations #CSuite #Leadership #Questions

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[Excerpt by Janet Sernack, at Innovation Excellence:]

Whether you are a company that wants to attract top talent or an individual who is trying to land your dream job, or create a new business, it’s becoming clear that the future of work is both human and technology centered.

For us humans to be effective, productive & innovative, in the Digital Age, we must have great leaders who:

- Take a strategic, systemic & human centred approach to their role & work, who make it safe & possible for people to change, adapt & innovate.

- Lead from behind to harness & mobilize people’s potential because they know that skills like creativity & complex problems solving are the result of collaborative efforts, facilitated through teaming & networking across diverse groups, often in different locations.

- Enables & coaches people “on the job” & facilitates “lifelong” learning opportunities, which are more important than ever in resourcing people to deal with the speed & volume of change & uncertainty.

Entrepreneur as role model

Globally successful entrepreneurs are emerging as exciting, courageous and authentic new role models demonstrating many of the vital qualities required for effective 21st century leadership.

[Read more:]

#Leadership #LeadershipDevelopment #ExecutiveCoaching #EntrepreneurCoaching #Entrepreneur #Intrapreneur #CSuite #Innovation #HR #WorkTrends

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What’s your advice for leading a more fulfilling creative career and life?

[Excerpt by Emily Ludolph, at 99U:]

We have gathered wisdom from some of the most iconic creatives on how to walk out each day and do what you love. Whether it’s Debbie Millman’s advice to invest in yourself or Amos Kennedy Jr.’s advocacy for setting your own values, these lessons act as a guide toward living a wonderfully fulfilling creative life.

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#Creative #Career #Careers #Design #Values

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[Excerpt by William Dowling, at The Up Round, by Circle Up:]

“The business of business is business” is an oft repeated paraphrase of Milton Friedman’s ideas on the role of business in society. Friedman, and many profit minded shareholders and investors before and since him, argue that the sole role of a business is to generate profit for its owners. Any activities undertaken without this end in mind are misguided. Many business leaders and investors may still feel this way, but consumers, the ones using and buying the business products, are starting to feel differently.

Consumers are increasingly asking questions about the products they use. No longer satisfied with coffee that tastes good or a shirt that looks cool, many of us now want to know where the coffee was farmed and how the shirt was made to ensure that people were paid fairly and treated humanely during the manufacturing of the products. But more than just a “do no harm” mentality, consumers care about supporting business that do good for their communities.

Certified B Corps are for profit companies that have been certified as meeting rigorous environmental and social standards by the nonprofit B Lab. B Corps think differently about what constitutes a profit and strive to deliver value for their broader communities. Whether it’s Patagonia pledging 1% of sales to support environmental organizations, King Arthur Flour employees volunteering nearly 6,000 hours a year to different causes, or Barnana taking scuffed and ripe bananas that would have been thrown away to make their products, certified B Corps from a variety of industries are finding ways to have a positive social impact. Today, there are over 2,400 B Corps in 50 different countries representing over 100 industries.

[Read more:]

#BCorps #SocialImpact #SocEnt #SocInn #BLab #Consumers #BusinessCase #Branding

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Following my previous post from Tech Republic, "How To Convince Your C-suite To Commit to Digital Transformation," there is this one from May, 2018:

[Excerpt by By Alison DeNisco Rayome:]

In the book, What's Your Digital Business Model?, MIT researchers uncovered what makes top performing companies thrive in the digital era.

While most leaders of large legacy companies recognize both the threats and potential opportunities inherent in digital, they tend to lack a common language to assess their specific situation and give them direction about how to move forward.

Enter the digital business model. In a presentation at the 2018 MIT CIO Symposium in Cambridge, MA, Peter Weill, chairman of the MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research, and Stephanie Woerner, a research scientist at the Sloan Center, explained the concepts behind their new book What's Your Digital Business Model?: Six Questions to Help You Build the Next-Generation Enterprise, and what makes top-performing companies thrive in the digital era.

[Read more:]

#SocialBusiness #SocBiz #DigitalTransformation #Innovation #SocBizTrainer #Consultant #SocialBusinessCoach #Csuite #CEO #CMO #CIO #CTO #Business #Leadership

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I'm sharing a post from, from October, 2017, which is still as relevant today, unfortunately.

[Excerpt by By Alison DeNisco Rayome:]

Only one third of companies say their C-suites are committed to digital transformation. Here's how tech leaders can convince upper management of its value.

Companies must digitally transform to stay competitive, but face challenges getting upper management on board with innovation. Just one third of tech and marketing executives said they think the C-suite is significantly committed to digitally transforming their organizations, according to the Leapfrog Marketing Institute's CMO Digital Benchmark Study, published earlier this year.

"The challenge for the C-suite isn't so much that the transformation is digital, the challenge is that digital technologies are enabling entirely new business models and cost structures," said Michael Kanazawa, the Americas enterprise innovation leader at EY Consulting. "This can mean a tremendous shift in profitability and competitive positioning for a company. The disruptive nature of 'going digital' is what is difficult for the C-suite because it means triggering transformational shifts in the business and significant amounts of change for the entire organization."

While companies often report that they are well into their digital journeys, this is usually not the case, according to research from Altimeter principal analyst Brian Solis. "Companies, as a whole, are not as far along or entrenched in progress as they imagine," he said. "The 'digital' in digital transformation implies technology of course. But the most advanced companies are also learning how digital is affecting customer and employee behaviors, expectations and preferences."

When companies do invest in digital transformation projects, they tend to be short-term with limited budgets, rather than long-term investments for continued success, Solis said.

[Read more:]

#SocialBusiness #SocBiz #DigitalTransformation #Innovation #SocBizTrainer #Consultant #SocialBusinessCoach #Csuite #CEO #CMO #CIO #CTO #Business #Leadership

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[Excerpt by Dan Rockwell, at Leadership Freak Blog:]

Every teacher learns before they teach.

Every teacher learns while they teach.


People, then skills:

Leaders are giddy to learn new strategies and skills. Teach me how to motivate people, resolve conflict, or cast compelling vision.

Leadership development requires more than strategies and skills.

“Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself.” -Warren Bennis (3/8/1925 – 7/31/2014)

Everyone who develops leaders learns about people AND helps people learn about themselves.


One secret of leadership development is providing time for others to engage in self-reflection."

[Read more:]

#Leadership #LeadershipDevelopment #CareerGrowth #PersonalGrowth #ExecutiveCoach #EntrepreneurCoach

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[Excerpts by Lolly Daskal:]

Great leaders don’t set out to be a leader…they set out to make a difference. It’s never about the role, position or title, it’s always about making an impact.

If you are in the position to lead, you most certainly want to be a great leader. It’s an ambition that can take many forms: You may envision making an impact with your company or making change on a global scale.

Whatever your situation, there are specific skills that can help you become the leader you want to be and know you can become.

Here are 10 important ones [read more]:

#Leadership #LeadershipDevelopment #LeadershipSkills #Management #Mgmt #Collaboration #Teamwork

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[Excerpt by Paul Sloane, at Destination Innovation:]

A key precept in the self-improvement manual is to learn from your mistakes. If you can do that then you can keep growing and getting better. Yet many people find this very hard. And the same story applies to organizations. If a company wants to be innovative then it must try many new things, stop the unsuccessful experiments, learn the important lessons and rapidly move on. It sounds straightforward but it is surprisingly difficult.

In his book, Adapt, Why Success always Starts with Failure, Tim Harford identifies three salient reasons why individuals, corporate executives and organizations fail to learn from their mistakes.

[Read more:]

#leadership #management #success #failure #mistakes #learning #adapting #SelfImprovement
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