Can a business innovate if it's not trying? Have you ever been in a company meeting where the word innovation is tossed around quite a bit? I have experienced this in my career with both small and large companies.
Great collaborations are built on mutual respect, trust and creativity. The mistake that a lot of entrepreneurs make is assuming that just because they are familiar or acquainted with someone that they would make an ideal partner in a collaborative effort. Not always the case.
It is inevitable that every company, industry and even government will meet a crisis at some stage in their life cycle. For those organizations that succeed, is there a common thread for thriving beyond the crisis?
We have different options, but not to lose our humanity and our hope for the future, the future that we all have in our minds and hearts, of safety and security for all, we only have one resolution and one way forward: harder, but essential: peace.
Collaboration is challenging when you consider collaboration requires a work environment that is fundamentally different from the vertical, hierarchical structure most businesses have operated for the last 50-plus years.
If companies want to make a real change, they can start by expanding their definition of leadership success to address the current built-in gender biases that subordinate the leadership competencies in which many women excel.
It's no wonder that synonyms for employee, manager and work include words like cog, slave driver and drudgery. We have literally built our organizations from the ground up with the notion that work has to be unpleasant. It's time to challenge convention.
Internationally acclaimed, their books have been translated into dozens of languages, and are regularly on best-seller lists. Peter and Ian are being interviewed together since they collaborated on a story in Face Off, a collection of short stories by some of the world's greatest thriller writers.
Those of us pushing for community change know that community members are the engine of systemic changes in the attitudes, norms and behaviors that are necessary for big systems reform. So why is it so hard to engage the community?
Much talk is generated about the value that the behaviors of inclusion, engagement and collaboration bring to organizations but we only need to dig a bit deeper to see what the evidence is for how these behaviors are practiced by those who do the talking.
Dope and Starter are teaming up with Liquipel to provide consumers with an awesome hat. The collab will feature Dope's logo on the front of a black snapback, and on the back it will show the starter label on the mid section.
Every day we hear more leaders call for increased innovation from their organizations. They recognize what's now obvious. In a world of rapid change, the ability to innovate over and over is probably the only enduring competitive advantage an organization can have.
Are some people just born curious? Or can curiosity be cultivated? The answer matters because curiosity is a necessity for innovation. If curiosity isn't instinctive among your collaborators then you need to bring it to life.
All too often, entrepreneurs' focus on hyper-growth quickly creates burnout that actually hurts their bottom lines. Seriously, are you helping or hurting your most valuable asset: the people on your team?
While many organizations have vision and mission statements, most employees can't translate them to their own work. They focus on their "job" and then we are surprised when they are resisting a change.