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How structured is your approach to problem-solving?

Our reader poll today asks: How structured is your approach to problem-solving? Very – we have clearly defined steps and output at each step: 19.5% Kind of – we generally follow a repeatable problem solving process: 50.5% Not very – our problem solving is a bit haphazard: 21.5% Not at all – we never solve […]

Overcoming Impediments to Innovation

Innovation, or the lack thereof, is a function of how well leaders overcome common obstacles like insufficient time, effort, or risk tolerance. If you want to see the ideas start flowing, tackle the common obstacles to innovation first. Today’s post is by Paul Sloane, author of The Leader’s Guide to Lateral Thinking Skills (CLICK HERE […]

Recognizing Innovation Right in Front of You

Breakthrough innovation virtually always builds upon other existing ideas or innovations. Your organization is full of ideas that simply haven’t materialized yet. Changing the way you look at and think about innovation can help unlock their potential. Today’s post is by Dr. Kumar Mehta, author of The Innovation Biome (CLICK HERE to get your copy). […]

Generating Creative Ideas by Challenging Constraints

Creativity is your organization’s growth engine. The problem is we constantly run into constraints to generating creative, new ideas. Many times those constraints are self-imposed. Amazing things can happen when you relax those constraints. Today’s post is by Paul Smith, thoughtLEADERS principal and bestselling author of Lead With a Story and  Sell With a Story. […]

How well does your organization translate qualitative measures into quantitative metrics?

Our reader poll today asks:  How well does your organization translate qualitative measures into quantitative metrics? Very — Every qualitative measure has hard metrics to support it.: 10.5% Somewhat — Some qualitative measures have metrics; others don’t.: 49.4% Not at all — We don’t translate qualitative measures to metrics.: 40.1% You can’t manage what you don’t […]

If You Want to Succeed, Use Your Team

Business owners should take advantage of their team’s passion, talents, and knowledge to help the company becomes as profitable as possible. Today’s post is by Robert Thomas Bethel, author of Strengthen Your Business (CLICK HERE to get your copy). I have overseen the turnaround of 77 failing businesses in my 52-year career. For all the […]