BLUECASE Articles

Process
February 27, 2017

Innovation Capability Part 4, A Process that Anyone Can Follow to Get Things Done

A big reason you have had success in your career has been due to your ability to get things done. A lot of times, it’s hard to understand why it seems so hard for others to accomplish what seem to be the most simple of tasks. Getting a new coffee maker somehow turns into a vast web of deliberation, and a month later the old coffee maker is still there.

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Leadership Tools
February 27, 2017

Innovation Capability Part 3, Tools of Change and Innovative Leadership Development

Whether it’s internal development or bringing someone in from the outside, just do it. Never underestimate the value of developing your people. According to research done by Deloitte, “high-performing companies spend 1.5 to 2 times more on leadership than other companies, and reap results that are triple or quadruple the levels of their competitors.”

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Alignment
February 27, 2017

Innovation Capability Part 2, Alignment

Client issue: the CEO has a massive vision, but few people could probably articulate what that is. We all have a general sense of where we’re going, but there are as many different points of view as there are people in the room. Employees often articulate that they are not sure where the company is going.

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A Robust Feedback System
February 27, 2017

Innovation Capability Part 1, A Robust Feedback System

“Learning quickly” is like the name of a car driving an innovative organization. When “learning quickly” from failure is at high speed, the organization cruises. The way to enable learning is through feedback. In his book, Outliers, Malcom Gladwell famously posited that 10,000 hours of practice is necessary for expertise.

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The Four Pillars of Innovation Capability
February 27, 2017

The Four Pillars of Innovation Capability

There can’t be rules to innovation. Innovation is another word for breaking the rules (or, at least, bending them). It means doing something differently than has ever been done before. It means adapting to the changing world we work in fast enough to keep up and accelerate. Doing things differently requires a willingness to experiment, to fail and to learn from the failures you perceive around you.

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