The Chief Innovation Officer Job Description

Hiring a Chief Innovation Officer? Use this job description template. Every organization needs innovation – not just to thrive but to just survive in today’s disruptive world. That’s why I’ve spent my last 25 years focused on innovation and why I’ve described how organizational lag stifles it in most companies. That’s also why I’ve covered topics like innovation…

Gallup Surveyed 37 Million People and Found 1 Simple Thing Separates Good and Bad Managers

With one research study, the definition of “manager” just blew up. Think about the biggest workplace trends: gig workers, artificial intelligence, robotics replacing workers, diverse workplace cultures, and remote employees. Just about every organization I advise or consult these days is undergoing massive transformative change. Today’s workforce — especially the younger generations — wants work with deep purpose and coaches…

Mentoring Is the Secret to Innovation Say Silicon Valley’s Top VCs and Entrepreneurs

Mentoring transforms big ideas into high-impact innovations. Having worked with dozens of the Fortune 1000 companies, coached startups, and founded three companies, I can say there’s a universal truth when it comes to innovation:  big ideas are just ideas until they deliver real value to the world. That’s why just about every venture capitalist, entrepreneur, corporate innovator and university…

How Big Companies and Startups Use “Co-Creation” to Innovate

The latest research says “co-creation” is an untapped opportunity for innovation. Here’s how to do it. When I ran the internal strategy consulting group at HP, we constantly asked ourselves, “how can we get our $40 billion global behemoth operating more like a startup?”  That’s because like most big companies, we struggled with risk-taking and moving fast. Startups…

Run Wildly Effective Meetings With This One Powerful Template

Getting the most out of meetings is easy if you know how to effectively design them. One of the biggest black holes in workplace productivity is the poorly designed, poorly run meeting. No wonder 71 percent of senior managers view their companies’ meetings as unproductive and inefficient. When meetings aren’t effective, the natural instinct is to schedule…

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What are Marketing Dashboards and Why Do They Matter for Marketing Departments?

How to drive better marketing outcomes through use of a marketing dashboard By upBOARD   One of the most important parts of any business is selling. To do this, business leaders need to be able to effectively market and advertise their products and services to those in their target market. With the rise of technology,…

What Are Operations Management Dashboards and Why Do They Matter to Businesses?

Operations Management Dashboards Are Being Used More and More by Businesses Looking to Drive Change by upBOARD   When pilots take off from an airport with a plane full of passengers, you might imagine that they simply set coordinates for their end location and count the minutes until they arrive. That could not be farther…

Is Organizational Structure The Secret to Innovation?

Change your company’s structure to get bigger and better ideas. Just about everyone wants more creativity and innovation these days. But what’s the secret to getting it? While most companies agree that innovation is vital, few actually spend time creating structures or devising rewards systems hinged on creativity. Many leaders also struggle with the fact that innovation comes from culture, something…