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Vincent Nolan, Innovation Pioneer Passed Away

Vincent Nolan, the founder and first Chairman of Synectics in the UK, passed way at age 85 on August 17th 2014.  He was one of the pioneers of innovation.  Sandy Dunlop, his colleague for many years, has provided us with some of his thoughts at the time of Vincent’s passing. Vincent totally re-invented himself half way through his life.  And Synectics was a major element of that re-invention....

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What does Collaboration REALLY Mean?

By Connie Williams Collaboration is a hot topic these days.  CEO’s are talking about it.  Schools are emphasizing collaboration skills.  Social media and intranet technologies are described as a foundation for collaboration.  “The Collaborative Economy” is a term Jeremiah Owyang and others are using to describe innovations involving sharing of goods and services from Zip Car to Uber to Airbnb.  Time magazine entitled it “Today’s...

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5 Creative Ways to Leverage Big Data

By Connie Williams Big Data is one of the top business terms of the last couple of years. Of course, it refers to data that is too big to fit on single servers or spread sheets that is beyond the reach of conventional analytics. It has become the province of a new breed of “data scientists” and big consulting firms have jumped on the bandwagon....

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Alignment is not the same as Buy-in.

By Paul D. Roberts One of the consistently destructive forces we witness at all levels of the organization is the concept of buy-in masquerading as alignment.   What is the difference?  Buy-in is trying to convince someone that your idea is what they should do i.e. they should green-light what you see as the needed change; cast in stone and not open to change.  It is the...

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Optimal Decision-Making and Doing More with Less Time

By Chipp Norcross I read an eye-opening article about the mathematical challenge known as “The Marriage Problem.” In this challenge, a person, let’s call it a man, is faced with a conundrum of deciding which person, let’s call it a woman, to marry.  The man has a list of a finite number of women, and after he has met each one he must to decide whether...

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How Google Glass and LensCrafters Will Finally Solve Our Collaboration Problem

By Chipp Norcross Last month, Google and Luxotica announced a new partnership that will likely put Google Glass in every mall in America over the next few years. While we all know Google, not everyone knows that Luxotica is a massive eyewear empire which counts Ray-Ban, Oakley, Ralph Lauren, Oliver Peoples and many more amongst the brands it designs, develops and ultimately sells at one...

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Why Change Should be Easy and it’s Hard – Creative Buddha

By Joe Giordano Change is here, and it is moving faster and on more dimensions than ever before. It is opening vast opportunities for growth and innovation on a global basis, and with it the comes the need to be agile and resilient.  So, how do leaders deal with this? Leaders are required to manage this inevitable change and to help employees through the transitions. And...

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3 Worth the Read on The Need for Creativity in Education

By Leo Boudreau It feels like our education system is reaching a tipping point.  There are so many areas of contention related to education and a high level of dissatisfaction with the results.  The issues stretch from the earliest preschool experiences through the debate as to whether a college education is worth it on a cost/benefit basis.  At the tipping point, we might see fundamental...

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How to Adjust to the Silver-Tsunami of Working Baby Boomers?

By Paul D. Roberts A couple of years ago there was a lot of discussion about “The Silver Tsunami”  - the aging of the Baby Boomers as they turn grey beyond their temples. The sheer numbers of Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) have made them a force to be reckoned with all through their existence.  Today, much of the Silver Tsunami discussion is...

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A strong Corporate Culture is the bedrock of Innovation

By Leo Boudreau When we think about what it takes to make a company more innovative so much of the discussion comes back to culture.  Virtually everyone talks about the importance of innovation and we all remember when annual reports were liberally sprinkled by some equivalent of “people are our most important asset”.  But it is almost impossible for innovation to take hold, survive, and...

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Trusting Your Gut As A Critical Ingredient For Creating Innovations

By Chipp Norcross Call it a hunch. An Instinct. Intuition. Following these kinds of “gut feelings” often lie behind the creation of great companies and great products that we love.  Steve Jobs is often held up as a leader who deeply trusted his gut, going so far as to say, “You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has...

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Biggest Take-Notice Non-Technical innovations of 2013

By Joe Giordano 2013 brought us so many new innovative solution, cool inventions, changes in the way we do things, economic growth (and not so much), big wins and some giant failures.  Because of this, I have spent the last few days thinking through what some of the biggest innovations of 2013 are in my opinion.  The list kept growing and growing because I seemed...

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Taking Teamwork Beyond Billy Beane’s Numbers

By Connie Williams How do teams work best?  How do you judge their potential for success? Billy Beane came to talk to a conference of a client of ours this past week.  The famous MoneyBall architect of assembling good, low cost baseball teams based on amazing statistical study and measurement spoke about data analysis and mining for decision making.  No doubt about the success of...

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4 Worth the Read

By Leo Boudreau It seems like every week there are significant discoveries about how the brain works and the impact that has on individual behavior.  These learnings will have a profound impact on managing as we learn more and more about how people respond to situations, stimulus and emotions.  Even more importantly, we may learn how little our management style impacts behavior and how much...

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George M. Prince Co-Founder of Synectics Interview

George M. Prince was the undeniable guiding light of Synecticsworld. His early work remains the core of everything we do today. Many of us have had the opportunity to know George and to learn and be guided directly. Many never have had the opportunity to meet George, but have been guided by his inspiration. He will always be our source of inspiration as we continue...

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Do you have the Right Concentration?

By Joe Giordano The eighth principle of the path, Right Concentration, refers to the development of a mental force that occurs in natural consciousness, although at a relatively low level of intensity, namely concentration. According to TheBigView.com, “Concentration in this context is described as one-pointedness of mind, meaning a state where all mental faculties are unified and directed onto one particular object.  Right concentration for...