Category: Think Future

Finding Friction

You likely are reading this while waiting for something. Waiting in a line. Waiting for a doctor. Waiting on perpetual hold. Waiting for your luck to change. That half-filled shopping cart you saw at the checkout line the last time you were at the grocery store was abandoned by someone whose tolerance for waiting ran…

To Disrupt, Or Not to Disrupt

Do You Need to Disrupt? Let’s face it – most people just don’t like change. We like things being the way that they are – even the word “upset” has a negative connection – to turn over the “set” to break with the established order. The only problem is – there are so many things…

Hacking Innovation

Do we make innovation more complicated than it has to be? Anyone can bring innovation to their organization and it doesn’t take much time or investment to do it. If you want more innovation in your company, try these 5 things:   1. Hire for creativity. Take a look around your conference table. Everyone may…

The Myth Of The Steady State

There is No Such Thing As A Steady State Anymore In the time I’ve managed projects, as we got through the process of implementation of any kind of program, whether it’s a software implementation, an innovation architecture, or software development, most project managers I know like to end their projects with a mythical land known…

Don’t Count Out Your Lone Innovators

Some Of The Most Disruptive Innovations Are From Lone Inventors I was at an ideation session the other day where we gathered many people from all over the organization to come together and collaboratively develop forward thinking productizable and patentable ideas. This client placed a high value on ideas generated collaboratively (who doesn’t nowadays?), even…

Benevolent Capitalism: A New Possibility in Business

This is a guest post by Gary Douglas Capitalism is often seen as promoting inequality and unfairness. It has become about having the most, getting your share and not considering anyone else. Rather than looking at what is being created in the world and the impact it will have, capitalism has been about creating maximum…

Sometimes, Being Professional Is No Fun

Why So Serious? Maybe You Are Being Too Professional Don’t you feel that sometimes you spend your days mired in jargon-land, forced to act “professional” against your will? If I had a nickel for every time I had to sit through a jargon-laden meeting, or review yet another PowerPoint loaded with “management speak”, I’d be…

Do You Have the Right People in the Right Places?

Sometimes It’s All About The Right People You may have the absolute best technology, you may have the most modern tools, you may have an awesome process in place, but do you have the right people? When I first learned about Agile development, I thought it was a great idea – involve the customer, rapid…

Are You Willing To Change?

Doctor: “I’m afraid the patient is terminal. There is a cure, however, it has some serious side effects” Patient: “I’ll take it! What are the side effects?” Doctor: “Well, mainly cultural change. All of those really well-formed hierarchies and communications channels might break down. People might actually talk to each other and there might be…