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“I do not believe you can do today’s job with yesterday’s methods and be in business tomorrow.”

For most of us, when we think about innovation, we think about companies like Apple, Microsoft, or Google. We think about breakthrough, disruptive technologies like the GraphicalUser Interface which took access to the Worldwide Web from the hands of a few geeks who could write computer code and gave it to the masses. In other

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“Much of what we call management today consists of making it difficult for people to work.”

Noted business author and keynote speaker, Dan Pink, talks about motivation . . . a lot. He talks about what motivates us and what does not.  He talks about which motivators work and which do not.  One of his favorite topics is “if-then” motivators.  “If you do this, then you’ll get that.”  Those motivators grew

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Solve Problems with Ignorance, Not Experience

“When you’re a little bit dumb and naïve, things get done that no one believed could be done.” We don’t know who said that, but it’s true. Consider the new, fresh-faced young salesman who marches into an account we wrote off long ago as a waste of time. We all laugh at his innocence and

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“How High Is Your XQ?”

Earlier this year, Eliza Gray, a staff writer for Time magazine, wrote an article about the “era of optimized hiring.”  In it, she explains that many companies today are requiring job applicants to submit to personality tests.  And we’re not talking about just applicants for upper management jobs, we’re talking about everybody from the executive

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What’s your New Year’s BHAG?

At the start of the year, everybody ought to have a BHAG.  For the uninitiated, that’s a Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal or bee-hag.  And why does everyone need a BHAG?  Well, if you’re one of those rare businesses that blew the doors off last year and all you want to do is let the good

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Does fear of failure motivate or paralyze you?

There was an interesting article published recently in the Chicago Tribune.  In it, a member of Chicago’s iconic business clan, the Pritzkers, talked about failure and the role it has played in shaping his life.  While we have discussed failure here in the past, it’s a subject worth revisiting from time to time, if only

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Don’t sell goods or services. Sell solutions.

It’s always been tough to differentiate ourselves in the marketplace, to give customers reasons they should do business with us instead of our competitors.  And now thanks to the internet, it’s gotten even tougher.  At one time, there was some mystery, some mystique about what we did and how we did it.  No more.  People

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Oh, and another thing (about showing initiative)

Our last posting talked about the oft-heard complaint, “Why doesn’t anyone ever show a little initiative around here?”  In it, we suggested that a company’s culture needs to make it “safe” for people to take some risks, be creative, and “show some initiative.”  We also noted that a company’s values, that collectively make up its

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“Why doesn’t anyone ever show a little initiative around here?”

Have you ever said that to yourself?  Well, as it turns out, there is a reason people don’t take on challenges unless you direct them . . . and you’re probably looking at that reason every morning in the mirror.  If you really want people to take a few risks, be creative, and show a

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Dare to be Wrong

Sir Kenneth Robinson, an author, educator, speaker, and recognized authority on creativity, has said, “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original.” Think about that. He’s right, isn’t he? Trace any great achievement to its roots . . . whether in business, medicine, the arts, literature, music, education,

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