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Top 10 Human-Centered Change & Innovation Articles of November 2023

Top 10 Human-Centered Change & Innovation Articles of November 2023Drum roll please…

At the beginning of each month, we will profile the ten articles from the previous month that generated the most traffic to Human-Centered Change & Innovation. Did your favorite make the cut?

But enough delay, here are November’s ten most popular innovation posts:

  1. A Quantum Computing Primer — by Greg Satell
  2. Disagreements Can Be a Good Thing — by Mike Shipulski
  3. What’s Your Mindset — by Dennis Stauffer
  4. We Are Killing Innovation in America — by Greg Satell
  5. Two Kinds of Possible — by Dennis Stauffer
  6. Eddie Van Halen, Simultaneous Innovation and the AI Regulation Conundrum — by Pete Foley
  7. Five Secrets to Being a Great Team Player — by David Burkus
  8. Be Clear on What You Want — by Mike Shipulski
  9. Overcoming Your Assumptions — by Dennis Stauffer
  10. Four Things All Leaders Must Know About Digital Transformation — by Greg Satell

BONUS – Here are five more strong articles published in October that continue to resonate with people:

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What’s Your Mindset?

What's Your Mindset?

GUEST POST from Dennis Stauffer

Your mindset has a powerful influence on how you think and behave—including how innovative you are. You have the power to shift your mindset to become more innovative. However, to do that effectively you need to know what your mindset is now, and it’s mostly subconscious.

I’m going to show you how to measure your mindset, by surfacing some of those hidden assumptions. To do this, you’ll need some way to jot down four numbers and make a simple calculation.

You may have heard about the work of Stanford University Professor Carol Dweck and her distinction between a growth and a fixed mindset, which is what I’m having you measure. It’s what Dweck calls your Theory of Intelligence.

For each of four statements, I’d like you to write down a number between 1 and 6. One indicating that you strongly disagree with that statement, and six that you strongly agree, with increments in-between.

  1. Strongly Disagree
  2. Disagree
  3. Slightly Disagree
  4. Slightly Agree
  5. Agree
  6. Strongly Agree


  1. __ The first statement is: Our intelligence is something about each of us that we can’t change very much. Give that number between 1 and 6, depending on how strongly you agree or disagree with that statement.
  2. __ The next statement is: We can learn new things but we can’t really change how intelligent we are. Give that a number from one to six.
  3. __ The next statement is: No matter how much intelligence a person has, they can always change it quite a bit. Give that a number 1-6
  4. __ And the final statement is: I can always change how intelligent I am. Give that a number.

To score your results, add your first and second answers together to give yourself an “A” value, and add your third and fourth answers together to give yourself a “B” value.

If your A value is the larger of the two, that indicates that you favor what Dweck calls a fixed mindset—that you believe intelligence is largely fixed and unchanging.

If your B value is larger, you favor a growth mindset—defining intelligence as something you can change and grow.

The larger the difference between those two numbers, the stronger your preference.

In her research, Dweck has found this simple distinction has all sorts of ripple effects especially on how students perform. Students with a fixed mindset, may be quite smart, but they’re afraid to challenge themselves and try new things because if that reveals any intellectual deficits, they don’t believe they can do anything about it. Students with a growth mindset believe they can get smarter by working at it, giving them a strong motivation to work hard, learn and overcome setbacks. They tend to become the high performers.

You may never have given much thought to your personal theory of intelligence, but you almost certainly have one and it’s one of many hidden assumptions that make up your mindset. Dweck has found that those hidden assumptions impact your beliefs, behavior, motivation, competitiveness and ethics. Other researchers have found that mindset even impacts how your body functions.

Your mindset also impacts how innovative you are, and that can be measured too. Instead of the growth vs. fixed distinction, measuring your innovativeness involves a range of other tradeoffs. Things that impact how imaginative you are, how willing you are to take risks, how you make observations and how open you are to new insights and ideas.

A growth mindset makes you more willing to accept and push through failure, being ready to learn and discover. An Innovator Mindset is about how you go about doing that. How you can systematically find solutions and make improvements—including improving yourself. Being able to adapt and learn and make discoveries has many benefits in all aspects of your personal and professional life.

If you’d like to measure your innovativeness, across twelve dimensions, and receive detailed personalized feedback on how to improve it, go to Innovator Mindset where you’ll find links to take the Innovator Mindset assessment, or enroll in Mindset Trek elearning—which includes the assessment—to get in depth mindset training.

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Changing Mindsets: How to Take a Creative Approach to Business Challenges

Changing Mindsets: How to Take a Creative Approach to Business Challenges

GUEST POST from Art Inteligencia

Businesses of all sizes are constantly presented with a range of unique challenges that can disrupt operations, stretch resources, and inhibit growth. To successfully navigate these challenges and put a business on an upward trajectory, leaders need to employ creative problem-solving tactics and be willing to change their mindset. By taking a new approach to business challenges, leaders can find new solutions and put businesses on a path to success.

Case Study 1 – Zomato

One of the best ways to embrace a creative approach to problem-solving is by exploring examples from other businesses that have encountered similar challenges. For instance, Zomato, a New Delhi based restaurant search and delivery service, encountered a significant challenge when it was unable to offer delivery services to certain areas because of a lack of resources. Despite this obstacle, the company was able to think outside the box and find a solution from an unlikely source – a network of independent delivery people. By leveraging this new resource, Zomato was able to deliver food to locations it previously had no access to.

Case Study 2 – Shinola

Another example of a company that successfully adopted a creative approach to problem-solving is Shinola, the upscale Detroit-based watch manufacturer. The brand faced a significant challenge when it needed to scale up production to meet the high demand for its products. Instead of outsourcing production, the company chose to create a highly skilled and trained workforce from the local population. Not only did this strategy allow Shinola to increase its production capacity, but it also helped the local Detroit economy and provided long-term employment opportunities for residents.


These examples demonstrate the importance of adopting creative problem-solving tactics and the value of taking a new approach to business challenges. By looking beyond traditional solutions and exploring different sources, leaders can find the answers they need to take their business to the next level.

Too often, businesses find themselves stuck in traditional and outdated approaches to problem-solving. To successfully navigate the ever-changing landscape of business, leaders need to be open to examining new solutions and embracing the concept of change. Innovation and creativity are key ingredients for success. By speaking to a variety of experts, looking at successful examples from other businesses, and embracing creative problem-solving tactics, leaders can take their business to new heights.

SPECIAL BONUS: Braden Kelley’s Problem Finding Canvas can be a super useful starting point for doing design thinking or human-centered design.

“The Problem Finding Canvas should help you investigate a handful of areas to explore, choose the one most important to you, extract all of the potential challenges and opportunities and choose one to prioritize.”

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