We’ve all heard some version of Aesop’s fable of the hare and the tortoise. It was written to pass on this simple message: Pragmatic plodding wins the race. Unfortunately, this lesson seems to be lost in most large companies trying to innovate today. The “need for speed” seems to be trumping common sense.
In his interview with Shalom Klein, Mike Maddock talks about innovation and his purpose to inspire and empower curiosity. Mike begins by telling us about his journey as a business owner and an entrepreneur.
If you spend enough time around entrepreneurs, you’ll notice they are more offended by some common words than most business people.
As seen on Forbes Don’t answer “no” too quickly. “The future ain’t what it used to be.” —Yogi Berra It is not often you get to coin a phrase to describe a pivotal business phenomena, but we got the chance with our book: Flirting With the Uninterested—Innovating in a “Sold, Not Bought” Category. In it we described a […]
Six Ideas For Spurring Creativity Our company has been recognized as having one of the “Coolest Offices” in Chicago on a number of occasions—most recently by Crain’s Chicago Business. We’re proud of the accolades because we worked hard to earn them. Years ago, we decided to make our workspace an innovation project, and with the […]
Because customer needs, wants and desires are constantly evolving, if you are the leader of a company bent on innovation, the most important question you must ask your team is, “What business could we be in tomorrow?”
As seen on Forbes A Lesson In Why Leaders Should Embrace Their Natural Gifts We all are born with amazing, God-given gifts. But many of us drift away from our talents to pursue grown-up paths and monetary rewards. This article is about what happens when you decide to reengage with your gifts that shined brightly […]
As seen on Forbes Hint: No matter how aggressive we are being, we aren’t being aggressive enough. I wasn’t being hyperbolic with that headline. Most innovation officers are brought in to shake things up, and just about all of them are not aggressive enough. Let me give you a representative example, and then I’ll talk […]
It is always nice when a business principle reserved only for the bravest leaders proves itself to be true under the worst possible conditions — a lesson in surviving the perfect storm.
Four Options To Move Beyond Price As seen on Forbes.com We won’t see the true impact until most retailers close their financial books for 2014 at the end of January, but this much is clear as stores take down their Christmas displays: There is a growing awareness in retail that a once surefire way to […]