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…

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…

Foster Disruptive Innovation at Your Next Corporate Offsite

How to transform a boring leadership offsite into an inspiring springboard for the future I’ve been fortunate to work with thousands of executives from many household names over the past 20 years. There’s one thing just about every company and every leadership team share in common – the annual offsite. Most offsites focus on building big visions, crafting…

Beyond Pitches, Metrics, and Quarterly Reviews – A New Model for Venture Capital and Startup Collaboration

The way that venture capitalists, corporate venture funds, angel investors, and start-ups collaborate is changing. Here’s a new model for an always-on, real-time approach that eliminates surprises and accelerates results.   There used to be something called the “Bicycle Test” for Venture Capitalists. VC’s wanted startups housed in offices close enough – within a reasonable…