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Grounded: Why We Need to Fail

Posted on November 25, 2014 by The Soderquist Center | 1 Comment

After an hour of being stuck on the tarmac, I wondered if it would be much longer until the engine fired up for take-off. Everyone around me was antsy, and the man sitting next to me anxiously talked of how missing his connecting flight would ruin his business trip. Just as I pulled out another magazine to read, the pilot’s voice finally came over the loud speaker. There...

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Top 5 Innovation Titles

Posted on November 20, 2014 by The Soderquist Center | 0 Comments

I support The Soderquist Center's strategic innovation efforts. Our small group aims to explore and deliver new revenue streams to the organization.

Perhaps you've been tasked with something similar. Find totally new opportunities. Grow the business. Figure it out.

The first thing I did was start talking to anyone inside two degrees of separation that could help me think through this new challenge. Some of those learnings are...

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The Truth About Innovation: 3 Lessons in 90 Days

Posted on November 18, 2014 by The Soderquist Center | 0 Comments

The truth about innovation is it's very difficult. I think breakthrough is a misleading word—that's not what it feels like. There’s nothing snappy about it. In fact, if you're doing it right, those flashes of brilliance are now met with a serious challenge: prove it. And proving it does not happen in a flash.

I support The Soderquist Center's strategic innovation efforts. Our small group aims to...

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Mavericks or Mayhem: Determining the Innovative Culture within Your Company

Posted on November 13, 2014 by The Soderquist Center | 0 Comments

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to spend a substantial amount of time in a research/innovation facility for a large consumer products company. I was particularly interested in what was taking place given my background in engineering and product development. Early in my career and through college, I spent a lot of time in research facilities, running pilot equipment and running trials on commercial equipment. This particular...

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4 Habits of an Innovative Leader

Posted on November 11, 2014 by The Soderquist Center | 1 Comment

Innovation is a buzz word in the business world and has been for some time. We admire companies like Google, Netflix, and SalesForce who excel at it. We try to emulate it in our own work environments, but often times, we end up grasping for straws and feeling left behind. What does an innovative leader look like? We’ve read about them, watched documentaries about them and probably aspire...

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