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I have the pleasure of working with some innovators that are really accomplishing things and solving business problems.  A couple of people that come to mind are Todd Schumacher and Megan Malone [...]

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5 Business Books Worth Reading

On December 21, 2012 By

I’m not a fan of most business books — I find most about 250 pages longer than they need to be.  There are some exceptions to my business book rule.  Here’s a list of 5 worth checking out if you are into things like improving [...]

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I recently conducted a search for the meaning of the terms common sense and uncommon sense.  Here’s how Merriam-Webster defines common sense: sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts.

Here’s how Merriam-Webster defines uncommon sense: the term you’ve entered isn’t in the dictionary. Since a definition does not [...]

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Innovation would flourish in organizations if business leaders followed these 5 steps after they create and launch a new idea:

Fail. Fail again. Fail again. Fail again. Succeed!

There is not a magic number attached to failing four times and [...]

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The 5 P’s of Innovation

On July 20, 2012 By

Organizations need innovation tied to growth strategies that help solve business problems.  Some organizations have innovation in their DNA, others do not.

If innovation is lacking in your organization, here are 5 P’s to think about:

People—Innovation does not happen [...]

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All organizations need innovation tied to growth strategies that provide business model improvement on an ongoing basis.  If innovation is lacking in your organization, here are [...]

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I spend time working with people that are trying to solve complex business problems.  Some people I work with are leaders.  Some are not.  Here are 5 things that separate leaders from the others:

Leaders focus on problem identification and solution [...]

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Looking for a topic that is a lightning rod for attention?  Try innovation.

I recently read an article in the Harvard Business Review The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.  Here’s a list of words from the article that [...]

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Solving business problems often starts with innovation.  Here’s a list of the five I‘s of Innovation:

1.  Inspect the symptoms attached to the complex problem in the organization and determine where the  symptoms  connect.  Focus innovation at the point where the symptoms connect.

2.  Ignore things that do not matter.

3.  Improve the [...]

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Innovation is often the solution to a business problem.  Like most things, innovation is a process that follows a cycle.  Here are the components of an innovation cycle that delivers results:

1. Knowledge.  People that need innovation should seek knowledge [...]

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Do you know any of these people?

1.  The person that is the best at understanding customer problems.

2.  The person that is extremely creative.

3.  The person that is not afraid of innovation.

4.  The person that spends the most time in [...]

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Here’s a list of things companies are doing to create environments conducive to productivity and business problem solving.

1.  Unlimited vacation policy.

2.  Employee loaner program.

3.  Establishing an agreement with your biggest competitor to produce and distribute your product.

4.  Nap room and nap time.

5.  No [...]

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Here’s a flashback look at the top kurtsima5 posts in March:

5 Simple Assignments that will Speed up the Sales Process

5 Reasons People Avoid Innovation

5 Reasons Innovation Stops in Organizations

5 Post Needs Analysis Steps Innovators use to Speed up the Sales Process

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Facing a complex business problem?  Have you tried this approach?

1.  List all the symptoms tied to the dysfunction of your organization.

2.  Drill down through all your symptoms to determine the dysfunction that is attached to all the functional groups in your organization.

3.  [...]

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