Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Commodity Marketplace for Employees

There is a plethora of articles and books out there about how difficult it is to be in a commodity business. Books like “Blue Ocean Strategy” talk about it in terms of swimming away from the red ocean to the … Continue reading


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Innovate Yourself – Becoming Overpaid

A fun one from the archive (2007) I came across this article from MarketWatch on the Ten most overpaid jobs in the U.S. and thought it was worthy of discussing. I don’t want to focus on whether these occupations are … Continue reading


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Moving from Talent Ownership to Talent Attraction

In our hyper-competitive, always-connected world, organizations are increasingly becoming focused on improving both their speed to market and their revenue per headcount. In this environment, more senior leaders every day are seeing innovation as the primary way to gain competitive … Continue reading


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Business Strategy Innovation Diamond (BSID)

Continuing my quest to surface some classics that the Innovation Excellence audience will have never seen, here is another from 2007: I would like to introduce a visual metaphor that the consultants use at Business Strategy Innovation. It’s called, predictably … Continue reading


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Business Model Innovation?

Nearly five years ago I wrote this article, but I think it is worth dredging it up out of the archives because there is such misunderstanding out there about what business model innovation is. This article highlights some of the … Continue reading


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Growing Demand for a Third Place

I’ve been meaning to write this post for some time, and am finally getting around to it, so hear goes… As I look around the economic landscape in the United States and see a climate where not only home prices … Continue reading


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Innovation Passing Lane Ahead

I noticed an interesting phenomenon the other day on a 200 mile drive back from the Oregon coast to Seattle that I would like to share with you and then discuss the potential implications for innovation success. Now let me … Continue reading


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Think ‘Out of Four Walls’

I had coffee with a clever marketing and sales consultant recently and one of the topics we discussed was the impact of location on a group’s ability to innovate. At the time we spoke about getting people to think in … Continue reading


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Unlocking the Inner Child for Innovation

In the quest to unlock innovation in organizations, it may be beneficial or even mandatory to learn how to unlock the internal children in our employees. I’m sure we can all remember as children being told “don’t” do this or … Continue reading


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Checkbox Hiring Doesn’t Lead to Innovation

When looking for a new job, it seems like 95% of the time people will only hire you to do the job you just did, and the other 5% of the time will provide an equal mix of once in … Continue reading


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