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The Importance of Organizational Design and Structure by Gill Corkindale via @ralph_ohr

One of the wonderful things about being a coach is that I meet hundreds of executives who freely share their business and leadership challenges with me. As well as helping me understand how hard it is to run an organization, they show me how they are managing to adapt — or not — to changing organizational structures.


Invention without Commercialization = Extinction, not Innovation by Deb Mills-Scofield

My job at Bell Labs was to invent and create.  We dreamed up all sorts of wonderful solutions to problems that did and didn’t exist.  But how did we learn about these problems? Some we just thought up.  Some came from AT&T corporate product management & marketing. But few came from seeing customers firsthand, so we ended up using ourselves as ‘examples’ – not good.  AT&T corporate product managers and marketers were supposed to commercialize our inventions; to decide if it met the market needs or if there even was a need.  


Innovate like a Kindergartner by Peter Merholz

One of my most popular posts for is “Why Design Thinking Won’t Save You“. It clearly struck a chord, as well over a year since it was posted, it still regularly gets picked up in the Twittersphere.


The Future of Design Consulting: 4 Business Models to Consider by design sojourn via @vanetuit

Over the recent Chinese New Year holidays, I met a very well traveled designer. We were discussing the pitfalls of running a design consultancy, and that conversation eventually led to consulting business models.


Are You Different on Purpose? By Bill Taylor

Roy Spence, one of the toughest-minded business thinkers I know, is a cofounder of GSD&M, the legendary advertising agency based in Austin, Texas. In a provocative and saucy book, It’s Not What You Sell, It’s What You Stand For


Welcome to the Age of Dilemma by Umair Haque

Another week, another potentially destabilizing global mini-crisis. This time, it’s (yet another) global food crisis: food prices are set to skyrocket and the FAO’s food price index is already spiking. It’s likely to ignite even more political instability and social turmoil — in layman’s terms, that’s riots, panics, protests, and violence.


HOW TO: Build & Maintain A Talent Community by Heather R. Huhman

A talent community is not a list of candidates on a web page or in a spreadsheet; it is an environment consisting of people who can share ideas for the purpose of career networking or social recruiting of candidates.


Because it is time you take Customer Service seriously.. by Wim Rampen

Despite the economic crisis, the rise of the “Social Customer” and the popularity of Customer engagement strategies through Social Media, I sometimes get the feeling that managers in Customer Services put in a lot more effort to ensure the company does not get bad press, or negative “buzz” in stead of providing a better then expected Customer service experience. We know companies do not always take Customer service seriously. I think though many managers of Customer Services should start taking their discipline a lot more serious than they are doing today..


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The Art of Impossibility  by Umair Haque

Here’s a thought to chew on while you’re considering your new year’s resolution: if it’s not laughably impossible, hopelessly impractical, preposterously insurmountable—stop. Start over. You’re not doing it right.

The Neuroscience Of Music by John Lehrer

Why does music make us feel? On the one hand, music is a purely abstract art form, devoid of language or explicit ideas. The stories it tells are all subtlety and subtext. And yet, even though music says little, it still manages to touch us deep, to tickle some universal nerves.

Innovation – A New Match Between Need and Solution by Ralph-Christian Ohr

While revisiting some collected innovation readings, I recognized that it might be important to briefly emphasize again one “fundamental”: the distinction between needs and solutions.


A Rationale for Pursuing Open Innovation by Stefan Lindegaard

CoDev 2011 is coming up next week in Scottsdale, AZ. As part of the effort to build exciting for the event, for which serves as a media sponsor, they hosted a webinar last week entitled “Expanding Open Innovation Networks to Solve Difficult Technology Roadblocks.”


Passion and Plasticity – The Neurobiology of Passion by John Hagel

What if you could evolve and shape your brain in ways that help you to get better faster? What if you could unleash a virtuous cycle that connects passion, practice and performance? 

9 Practices for Cultivating Creative Aliveness by Michelle James

The following practices are not necessarily in a linear order, and you might go back and forth between them. It’s not as much about a sequence as it is about engaging and responding in the moment: sometimes listening receptively; others times creating it out actively.

Laser Focused Products Are More Emotional by Jorge Barba

This post isn’t about Steve Jobs, it’s about emotion and how to create it with your product.


Meetings and Bosshole Behavior: A Classic Case By Bob Sutton

One of the themes in Good Boss, Bad Boss, as well as some of my past academic research (see this old chapter on meetings as status contests), is that bosses and other participants use meetings to establish and retain prestige and power.


Powerful And Affordable Real Time Data Mining, Visualization And Interactions Are Powering Up A New Culture Act – And Enabling “Infovation”. By Idris Mootee

Just landed in Rhode Island and spendin the next 2 days in Providence, long working sessions ahead, expect to some productive knowledge exchange. The topic will be around where arts meets science, design meets technology.


The Chemistry of Storytelling Marguerite Granat

Stories are what make us human. I can’t think of an aspect of our lives that is not affected by them. We begin our young lives with lots of storytelling. I have fond memories of stories that I heard as a child, and I’m sure you do too.

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The Art of Integrative Thinking by Roger Martin and Hilary Austen via @ralph_ohr

Modern leadership needs integrative thinking. Integrative thinkers

embrace complexity, tolerate uncertainty, and manage tension in searching for

creative solutions to problems.


Adam Smith Explains the Network Economy by Tim Kastelle

The economy is a network. To understand how new ideas integrate into it, we first have to understand how interconnected and interdependent it is. Here is a passage from The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith making this point (from Adam Gopnik’s good review of Smith’s work in The New Yorker):


Working With Strangers to Solve Open Innovation Challenges: What’s It Like? By Stefan Lindegaard

In writing and making public presentations about open innovation, I often remind people that while process is important, in the end success comes down to having people with the right mindset and skills. So much can be accomplished when a good team comes together, even when that team consists of experts in various disciplines around the globe who are total strangers to one another.


It’s Time for Some New Habits–the Year of the Meaning Organization by Umair Haque

This time of year we tend to subject ourselves to tough review. We zero in on our practices and tendencies and resolve to take up new, positive habits–and, more importantly, to break the bad. It can be a productive exercise if approached with a clear eye and dedicated follow-through. My question: why don’t we subject our institutions to the same ritualistic rigor?

Surprise yourself by Jorge Barba

We all have different likes and dislikes. That’s just how it is. A personal example how is I like video games and although I do have preferences for shooters, sports and espionage; I’ll give any genre a shot.


We Need To Change The Way We Use Trash, One Imagination At A Time. It Is About Behavior As Much As Economics. By Idris Mootee

We all love shopping and some do more than other. We love to buy shoes, clothes, electronic gadgets, toys and cameras. We all know we can’t continue on like this, the stuff we buy today is way worse than what we were buying a decade ago, everything has tons of electronic components inside which is really hard to recycle.


Team Guidelines From A New Boss: How Can He Make Sure People Live Them? By Bob Sutton

I got a fascinating note from an employee of a big company about the “team norms” that were articulated by his new boss.  I think they are great, but have a crucial question about them. Here they are: 


Happy or Valuable New Year? By Deb Mills-Scofield

21st century capitalism is shifting focus from making money to making meaning (ends vs. means, trailing indicators v leading indicators). This is good and necessary.  However, ‘happiness’ is starting to dominate discussions about 21st C capitalism, even in governments’ measures of economic growth


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Making Room for Reflection Is a Strategic Imperative by Umair Haque via @ralph_ohr

Business is, above all, busy. And maybe it’s too busy.

Let’s face it. Most of us spend most of our time chasing the immediate reward, the short-run “objective,” the near-term “goal — in short, the expedient and the convenient.

Innovation – Doing the Impossible with No Resources by Jeffrey Phillips

During this most recent downturn, but similarly to other downturns, at least while I’ve been in the workforce, is the concept of “doing more with less” – that is, wringing more output or benefits out of the same, or often even less, inputs and resources

Currency of 21st Century Business? Connections by Deb Mills-Scofield

Sitting behind me at BIF-6 was this nice, unassuming guy.  We struck up a conversation.  As a result, a wonderful friendship has developed (which is easy to do at BIF). This guy was Michael Lee Stallard.

The Mindset and Key Skills Needed for Successful Innovation by Stefan Lindegaard

In my talks, I like to get into discussions on why we need to update our mindset and key skills in order to become successful at innovation. Below, I have given a couple of reasons as well as some suggestions on the key skills we need to develop.

Is Innovation Expensive? By Paul Sloane

How can companies afford to allocate scarce resources to innovation in these unprecedented times. When every extraneous expenditure is cut back to preserve cash flow how can it be justified to lavish money on


The Innovation Matrix: People or Tools? By Tim Kastelle

I had lunch last week with some managers from a company that is trying to improve their innovation performance. They kept asking me what tools should they be using to do this? Is there software that will help, or a process, or some other tool? I had to explain that there are a lot of tools available, but that first you have to figure out your innovation strengths and weaknesses.

The Two Dimensions of Market Orientation by Ralph Christian Ohr

Recently, I was reading an interesting HBR article, named: “Meeting the Apple Game of Customer Perception” by Ndubuisi Ekekwe.

The key paragraphs for me were:

How Are You Smart for Innovation Era? By Ellen Weber

The new innovation era builds on different talents – those overlooked by exclusive practices that limit  wealth for grabbers at the top.

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Os líderes construtores em tempo de inovação

A base da competitividade, mudou de forma decisiva para, a inovação.

A maioria das ferramentas de gestão e abordagens ainda são orientados para explorar ideias estabelecidas em vez de explorar novos caminhos.

A gestão tem de ser reinventada de forma a:

Desenvolver a colaboração entre pessoas com diferentes perspectivas sobre um problema

Acreditar que a criatividade se desenvolve em situações onde disponibilidade temporal.

Repensar os sistemas de incentivo à luz do que realmente motiva a criatividade, um desafio intelectual e de afirmação pública.

Permitir a criatividade de todos e não apenas de alguns “escolhidos”

A liderança tal como é vista hoje é muitas vezes associada ao não benéfico, como são exemplo alguns líderes políticos espalhados pelo globo. Liderança é a arte produzida por um líder. Hoje numa sociedade mais colaborativa e com as ferramentas facilitadoras disponíveis importa ir lado a lado com os colaboradores da organização ou equipa


 Umair Haque em “ O Manifesto dos construtores” – HBR deixa alguns princípios para construir um amanhã melhor:

  • “O chefe depende da autoridade, o líder da boa vontade. O Construtor depende do bom.
  • O chefe inspira medo, o líder inspira entusiasmo. O Construtor é inspirado – por mudar o mundo.
  • O chefe diz “eu”, o líder diz “nós”. O construtor diz que “todos” – as pessoas, comunidades e sociedade.
  • O chefe atribui a tarefa, o líder estabelece o ritmo. O construtor vê o resultado.
  • O patrão diz: “chegar a tempo,” o líder chega lá antes do tempo. O construtor garante que “chegar lá” importa.
  • O chefe corrige a culpa pelo colapso; O líder corrige o colapso. O construtor impede o colapso.
  • O patrão sabe, o líder mostra como. O Construtor mostra por quê.
  • O patrão faz do trabalho penoso; o líder faz do trabalho um jogo. O Construtor organiza o amor, não o trabalho.
  • O patrão diz: “Vai”; o líder diz, “vamos”. O construtor diz: “venham”.”

 Todos temos a nossa concepção de liderança correcta e todos estamos conscientes de que não há modelos eternos.

Criar ou desenvolver novas competências de liderança é uma atitude que demonstra querer abraçar a Inovação.