The secret to boosting innovation… and the catch.

Flower lightbulbWhat if there was a secret that guaranteed your company an exponential innovation boost? And what if there was a small group of people who had figured out this secret? And what if that group was willing to share every intimate detail of that secret for free? Would you be interested?

I’m guessing you would jump at the chance.

Now, what if there’s a catch to learning this secret? And what if that catch requires you to challenge every personal belief you hold about leading business? Would you still do it?

Last week I spent three days with the people who hold this secret. They came together from all over the world to meet in two connected conferences. One in Hungary and one in Canada. These are deep thinkers. Explorers. They share an intense passion for figuring out a better way to run businesses. And together, they’ve found a secret they are willing to share.

Sometimes secrets are so big and so scary, we don’t want to hear them. This could be one of those secrets.

The need for change

Like it or not, our world is changing. With change comes disruption. With disruption comes discomfort. In business, this discomfort is showing up through disengagement. Right now 76% of full-time employees are open to new job opportunities. This raises a big question. How innovative is someone in their current job while thinking about working somewhere else?

The Google generation is looking for a new way of contributing. Power structures no longer work when everyone has access to the same information. Hierarchies collapse when everyone has an equal voice in the virtual world. Sub par ideas get crushed when power structures can’t protect them.

Yet we still aim to be innovative in organization structures designed for a different time. Read More »

Are you unknowingly dumbing down your team?

Entrepreneurs leading fast moving companies have a critical blind spot.  One habit is single-handedly dumbing down groups of uber smart people.  It’s holding back the growth of businesses everywhere.

Changing one simple habit can unlock a powerhouse of collective brainpower and creativity.

In business “building a superstar team” is the ultimate quest. To be the best, hire the best.  Entrepreneurs have their talent antenna up in every conversation. The hunt for great people is never ending.

So what happens once that super smart and dedicated team is in place? Your frustration starts to mount. Your once agile business starts slowing down. Communication starts breaking down. You are pulled into every decision. Or worse, you are excluded from decisions that you later need to overturn.  You question how people you had thought to be smart now seem… well… dumb! Read More »

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