One of the more fascinating findings around creativity (especially creativity at work) is how important the social environment is to whether or not individuals tap into their creativity potential. Social Environment is one of four components that Teresa Amabile discovered were precursors to creative ideas. The social environment stimulates creativity by effecting collaboration, the safe …
It’s easier to feel anger, blame, rage, persecution, unfairness, and a range of emotions that only serve to distance us from the one inevitable and indisputable fact that we lost, instead of doing this. It’s been a little over a year. Super Bowl LII is history. Tom Brady and the Patriots lost. Of course, you …
The greatest unfair competitive advantage for your small business is leveraging this critical shift in how you view the drivers of the future. As I was growing up I’d often quip that my grandmother, who had been born at the start of the 20th Century in a Greek village and lived to nearly the age …
One of the enduring factors in creating an agile and innovative business is purpose. Purpose answers the question: why do we do what we do? It gives a sense of determination to your ambition and direction. It gives a different flavour to your work then a  vision, mission or strategy. To me a vision provides …
Innovative cross-functional teams in technology companies often depend on individuals with highly technical, specialized skills. They’re on the edge, extending their disciplines where they haven’t been before. Teams like this require upper management support that enables their success. It does not need micromanagement – or its opposite, chaotic management that is no better than neglect. …
With all the hype these days around the impending disruptions on the horizon such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and the like, it’s natural to assume that breakthrough innovation requires breakthrough technology. And if you consider the mind-boggling burn rates of recent innovation icons like Uber, WeWork, and MoviePass, it’s also easy to assume that monstrous investments are …
How to transform a boring leadership offsite into an inspiring springboard for the future I’ve been fortunate to work with thousands of executives from many household names over the past 20 years. There’s one thing just about every company and every leadership team share in common – the annual offsite. Most offsites focus on building big visions, crafting …
None of us ask for life’s greatest challenges, but that doesn’t mean we can’t benefit from them. I’m going to ask you to recollect what you consider to be your greatest challenge to date. Not one that simply stretched your mind but one that drained your soul. Got it? Good. If it’s not one you’re …
The world we live in is in a constant state of change. A 2014 study hinges on that axiom, attempting to quantify the accelerating rate of said change in a business/enterprise capacity by looking at the entry and exit of U.S. corporations in the S&P 500 index. “In 1958, corporations listed in the S&P 500 …
The growth stage of a startup is scary and painful. With perfectly good intentions, founders make this mistake, that may lead to the company’s failure. When a startup is born, its founders are the creators of everything. They are the ones responsible for product (or service) development, for initial marketing and sales, and everything else that’s needed. They get their …
A survey conducted in 2010 by IBM Global Business Services revealed that a surprising 60% of global CEOs rated Creativity as the most important leadership quality needed in the coming years. Creativity beat out both integrity and global thinking in the study of more than 1,500 corporate heads and public sector leaders in 60 nations. …