Month: January 2016

Organizing for breakthrough innovation

January 26, 2016

Here is a brief excerpt from an interview of Severin Schwan by for the McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey & Company. Schwan talks about Rcohe’s R&D structure, tough decisions, and long-term mind-set. To read the complete interview, check out other…

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Creativity: A Treasury of Observations and Insights

January 25, 2016

Creative thinking is essential to making something new (invention) or something better (innovation) . I agree with David and Tom Kelley, co-authors of Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All , that almost anyone can think more creatively about what…

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How the best acquirers excel at integration

January 25, 2016

Here is a brief excerpt from an article written by Rebecca Doherty, Oliver Engert, and Andy West for the McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey & Company. They note that the same handful of integration challenges vex companies year after year.…

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How to close the strategy-to-execution gap: five acts of unconventional leadership

January 24, 2016

In Strategy That Works: How Winning Companies Close the Strategy-to-Execution Gap, Paul Leinwand and Cesare R. Mainardi (with Art Kleiner) point out that two-thirds of executives say their organizations don’t have the capabilities to support their strategy. Leinwand and Mainardi…

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The Two Sides of Employee Engagement

January 24, 2016

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Sean Graber for Harvard Business Review and the HBR Blog Network. To read the complete article, check out the wealth of free resources, obtain subscription information, and receive HBR email alerts,…

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Make Learning Harder to Increase Retention

January 23, 2016

Here is another valuable Management Tip of the Day from Harvard Business Review. To sign up for a free subscription to any/all HBR newsletters, please click here. * * * When information is at our fingertips, and attention spans are…

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How conventional business practice creates a strategy-to-execution gap

January 23, 2016

In Strategy That Works: How Winning Companies Close the Strategy-to-Execution Gap, Paul Leinwand and Cesare R. Mainardi (with Art Kleiner) point out that two-thirds of executives say their organizations don’t have the capabilities to support their strategy. Leinwand and Mainardi…

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Howard Gardner on “Intelligence Isn’t Black-and-White. There Are Actually 8 Different Kinds.”

January 22, 2016

What does it mean when someone calls you smart or intelligent? According to developmental psychologist Howard Gardner, it could mean one or more of eight possibilities. In this video interview, Gardner addresses his eight classifications for intelligence: writing, mathematics, music,…

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Strategy and Execution Are the Same Thing

January 22, 2016

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Roger L. Martin for Harvard Business Review and the HBR Blog Network. To read the complete article, check out the wealth of free resources, obtain subscription information, and receive HBR email…

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What are the major differences between innovation and invention?

January 21, 2016

In recently published INVENTology: How We Dream Up Things That Change the World (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, January 2015), Pagan Kennedy offers working definitions of invention and innovation by Art Fry — the originator of the Post-it Note — who developed…

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