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Positive Communication Leads to a Culture of Innovation

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The word innovation has become ubiquitous. Just because something is new – whether it’s a mission statement, product, service, or business—doesn’t mean it deserves to proclaim itself innovative. Innovation is not about doing an old thing in a new way. It’s about creating a new way to do something new, or a new way to » Read More

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3 Reasons You Should Ask Your Team More Questions

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It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that when you ask a question, it makes you look weak, but good leaders don’t let the appearance of strength get in the way of actual strength. Smart leaders understand that questions are more important than orders. Insight, strategy, and intervention all start with understanding, and » Read More

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Avoid These Mistakes If You Want to Lead Innovative Teams

Avoid this mistake if you want to lead innovative teams.

Note: This post is adapted from my new book The Seven Things Your Team Needs to Hear You Say. If you’d like practical leadership tools with immediate results, it’s available now at Amazon. What Would Happen If… “David, what do you think about…” A few months into her second year of college, our daughter Averie texted me with » Read More

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Innovation in Complex Civic Environments

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Chris Thompson is one of the most passionate people I know about innovating in the civic space where government, non-profit and for-profit intersect. “Many of us who work in the civic arena – that wonderful yet perplexing place where the public, private, philanthropic and nonprofit worlds intersect – are frustrated by the lack of innovation that results » Read More

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Planting SEEEDs of Innovation

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Last week, my daughter Chana and I attended the SEEED Conference at Brown University. It was an amazing gathering of those doing, funding, supporting, working in and for social businesses.  These are Chana’s thoughts on the first day of the conference.  Chana is 13 years old and in 7th grade.  Yes, I am a proud mom and find her insights » Read More

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3 Portraits of Employee Involvement

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In your organization, how much employee input does management get before deciding a course of action? Not much? You might want to rethink that.

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Engaging Employees: The Economics of Micro Ingenuity

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Wouldn’t it be a dream if every employee could add $13,000 to the bottom line of your business each and every year? No need to dream because research shows that’s exactly what happens when an employee shifts from being disengaged to engaged. Read More…  

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The Idea Pit: 5 Stupid Reasons Smart Ideas Die

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In a LinkedIn poll we conducted 80 percent of managers said that less than 10 percent of employees’ ideas ever get implemented. Sad I often ask managers this question: “Is the key thing a manager can do to engage employees is to listen to their ideas and increase the number that get implemented?” The consensus » Read More

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Creativity, Risk, and Innovation

Here’s an interesting and brief video on the connection between risk, creativity and innovation. The narrator is David Burkus, a friend and the founder of The Leader Lab (www.theleaderlab.org).  Check it out.

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In a NOW World, Employee Engagement is Not an Option

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“This economic crisis doesn’t represent a cycle,” says Jeffrey Immelt, the CEO of General Electric, about The Great Recession. “It represents a reset. It’s an emotional, raw social, economic reset. People who understand that will prosper. Those who don’t will be left behind.” We are living in the Age of Mass Customization, a term coined » Read More

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