15 Practices of Innovation Leaders for Creating Cultures of Innovation

For my book, Innovation Step-By-Step: How to Create and Develop Ideas For Your Challenge, I drew on my first hand experience and knowledge working as an innovation consultant and facilitator for a wide variety of organizations to share the common elements of the innovation process for anyone to use and apply. But this time, I…

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Trust: The Foundation for Peak Organization Performance

I would like to address the important topic of Trust between leaders and their employees. My goal is to make the case for why the element of Trust is so important in organizations and to offer some initial suggestions on actions you can take to foster it. I believe that Trust is probably the most…

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How Coaching Can Help You Win

Winning in any organization requires that people work together as a unit, collaboratively, and grow from contest to contest, day to day, challenge to challenge.  To grow, we must first believe that we can grow.  That is, we must believe that every day we have the opportunity to learn something new, get one day closer…

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An Innovator of Innovation: Discussion with Darin Eich

Darin Eich of Innovation Learning talks User-Centered Design Interviewed and written by : Emily Cruz Darin Eich, founder of Madison, Wisconsin-based company, Innovation Learning, creates, designs, and delivers innovative training programs, engaging speeches, interactive workshops, books, online courses, and leadership retreats for every level of innovator out there. Eich’s projects range from hundreds of college…

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Agile Culture Workshop Training

I’ve been designing a new and unique training workshop focused on helping individuals and organizations advance towards an innovative culture that is Agile. The framework I’m focusing on utilizes Scrum. This training workshop helps individuals and teams apply Agile principles and a Scrum framework to the work they do and ultimately for a culture of…

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4-Step Problem Diagnosis to Help Your Innovation Program

If you’re reading this article, you know that your organization is facing some challenges. Maybe they’re related to sustainability, efficiency, maybe it’s about your workplace culture, but the problem is that you’re not really sure where to start. If you feel like you need help with this, you’re not alone. It turns out that 85%…

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10 Reasons to Try Mindfulness

From Oprah to Kobe Bryant, many icons have taken to mindfulness. Is it a fad, like juice diets or Pokémon Go, or does mindfulness offer something of substance? Scientists have been studying the impact of practicing mindfulness for years. Brain scans have revealed that meditation, the main way of practicing mindfulness, physically changes the structure…

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Corporate Startup Principles For Building Innovation Ecosystems

Why Established Companies Don’t Need To Act Like Startups Innovation has become an imperative for large established companies. This is due to the threat of disruption from startups and the ever changing technology landscape. While most corporate leaders would love for their companies to “act like startups”, this is not always a realistic aspiration. Most…

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How to Design Optimal Work Environments

This six step guest article from Roger Osorio applies innovation, design thinking and lean startup approaches to designing high-performing work environments in organizations.  Optimal working conditions, like many other things in life, depend on the individual needs, team needs, objectives, and resources available. Thinking there is one tool, one way, one method, to solve all…

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Internet of Things for Energy, Utilities, & Smart Connected Homes

Watch the videos, click through the SlideShares, and investigate the top selling smart home devices on Amazon to learn more about the application of the “Internet of Things” (IoT) for smart energy & connected homes. Scroll through to see what interests you and use this innovation toolkit as a catalyst for not only learning and…

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