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Suspend Reality to Generate Creative Innovation

Suspend Reality – 6 Steps to Move from Fantasy to Execution

We’re just now finishing up the holiday season. At this time of year, I’m always intrigued by the magic of the holidays we celebrate, and the optimistic goals we set for the new year. Even the lies we tell ourselves. It amazes me how we collectively like to suspend reality for a bit, reflect, and […]

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Consensus – The Slippery Slope of Success

Consensus is most simply defined as a general agreement. Some definitions may include the phrases “broad agreement” or “unanimous”, but a tempered meaning is the acceptance of an idea. There are very few things in life that have a single right answer. And with such diversity in the world, you’ll almost never end up with […]

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Fail Like a Pro – How to Plan for and Recover from Failure

Success and failure – just like hot and cold, light and darkness, love and hate, or good and evil – these represent the ends of a familiar spectrum. Countless philosophical works have pondered these seemingly opposing concepts. My favorite view for all such opposites is that you cannot understand one without the other. They are […]

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Implementing an Arc Flash Electrical Safety Program

Despite many federal and state regulations aimed at improving the safety of utilities workers in the United States, there are several fatalities and many more injuries every year resulting from arc flash incidents on the job. Thankfully, advancements in worker safety technology have been helping organizations to reduce the occurrence and the risk of these […]

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Strategic Skills Inventory for Modern Work

In the ever-evolving landscape of modern work, you are likely looking for ways to improve efficiencies within your group and to keep up with the pace of business. Whether you’re embarking on a cloud migration, implementing new technologies, or enhancing your data strategy, one critical factor can make or break your success— the capabilities of […]

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6 Idea Blockers – Psychology of Innovation

The psychology of innovation is like any other area of life where our brains and emotions simply get in the way of our progress. We love to lie to ourselves. Even when we are aware of the pitfalls, they are unavoidable. Our brains are wired to fall into these traps. I recently wrote a blog […]

The Cloud Journey is a People Journey

Forbes predicts that by the end of 2023, 84% of mid-to-large companies will have adopted a multicloud strategy. IT leaders have long understood the benefits of cloud adoption and now, most enterprises are a embracing a hybrid and multicloud strategy that includes a combination of on-premises infrastructure, private cloud, and public cloud. Successfully embarking on […]

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The Importance of Tracking Requirements Updates

The beauty of Agile is its ability to adapt to change. One of the principles behind the Agile Manifesto is “Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer’s competitive advantage.” Clients change their minds. Maybe they don’t like how something looks or functions once it’s using real-world, actual content. […]

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Blockchain: The Secret Sauce to Supply Chain Visibility 

In “Behind the Golden Arches” by John Love, the author shares an anecdote of how in the early days of McDonald’s, the company was having cashflow problems despite its being a significant source of revenue for many farmers. In a meeting with a particularly large farmer who had made significant money from selling tomatoes, lettuce, […]

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The Eisenhower Quadrants of Productivity

I’ve been using the Eisenhower Quadrants of Productivity with my teams for many years now. You may also hear it called the “Eisenhower Decision Matrix” or the “Eisenhower Box”. It is a method that helps people understand the differences between “urgent” and “important” tasks. You can use it to create principles on how to best […]

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12 Lessons Learned while Managing Corporate Innovation

The Road to Managing Corporate Innovation I started out at an ad agency in southern Indiana in 2002. Our clients were interested in technology and our agency helped them find their way. At the same time, I was building the web development and digital strategy team within the agency. We began doing things intentionally with […]

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6 Areas That Stall Organizational Change

In 1987, Mary Lippitt released a change management model that beautifully illustrated five key areas for organizational change. In 2000, Tommy Knoster extended Lippitt’s concept and included a sixth area of importance: consensus. It is now referred to as the Lippitt-Knoster Model for Managing Complex Change.

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