Why Leaders Who Listen Achieve Breakthroughs

As a leader, communicating can sometimes feel like Groundhog Day. No matter how hard you try to get your message across, it is all too easy to find the next day that you face the same blank stares, predictable objections, and questions that indicate that you failed to make it stick — that people just…

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Innovation – The Secret To Unleashing Genius

Innovation – The Secret To Unleashing Genius Amazon isn’t an easy place to work. Its managers set steep goals, scrimp on budgets and expect long hours. But there aren’t many better places to be employed if you like the messy work of coming up with new ideas, because its billionaire founder, Jeff Bezos, has made…

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Innovative Problem Solving

Innovative Problem Solving Rob McEwen had a problem. The chairman and chief executive officer of Canadian mining group Goldcorp knew that its Red Lake site could be a money-spinner—a mine nearby was thriving—but no one could figure out where to find high-grade ore. The terrain was inaccessible, operating costs were high, and the unionized staff had…

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Future Trends – Sensing the Future

Future Trends – Sensing the Future  GE is focused on an “Industrial Internet” concept.   The idea is that industrial equipment would take with each other and share data intended to improve operations.  Intelligent sensors would be part of this equation. Why is this important?  The article offers an example,  “companies use our gas turbines…

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Innovation: Before You Innovate, Ask the Right Questions

Albert Einstein is often quoted (perhaps apocryphally) as saying, “If I had 20 days to solve a problem, I would spend 19 days to define it.” Innovation is a particularly sticky problem because it so often remains undefined. We treat it as a monolith, as if every innovation is the same, which is why so…

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A Paper-Thin Flexible Table Computer

A Paper-Thin Flexible Table Computer A flexible paper computer developed at Queen’s University in collaboration with Plastic Logic and Intel Labs could one day revolutionize the way people work with tablets and computers. The PaperTab tablet looks and feels just like a sheet of paper. However, it is fully interactive with a flexible, high-resolution 10.7”…

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Disruptive Innovation – Education

Disruptive Innovation – Education MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — In August, four months after Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng started the online education company Coursera , its free college courses had drawn in a million users, a faster launching than either Facebook or Twitter. The co-founders, computer science professors at Stanford University, watched with amazement as…

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Entrepreneur success

Entrepreneur Success Want to know the secret to explosive growth? Look to companies like Lamp Post Group for clues.   The founders of Lamp Post Group weren’t content with the success of their initial venture, logistics company Access America Transport. They wanted something more, something bigger. Apparently, they figured out how to achieve just that. In…

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Brainstorming: Why Brainstorming Doesn’t Spark Innovation

Brainstorming:  Why Brainstorming Doesn’t Spark Innovation Columbia Business School professor William Duggan is an expert in intuition and innovation and the author or a new book entitled Creative Strategy.   And as he recently told his university’s Ideas@Work publication, the generally accepted model of how to generate creative ideas is badly out of touch with the latest…

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