McKinsey Global Institute has just released a report "Open data: Unlocking innovation and performance with liquid information". At Fourbuckets we have long believed in a transparent world, where information is free-flowing an accessible by all. Many large organisations and consultative service oriented businesses are still yet to fully realise the upcoming change of free flowing information paradigms. We see many old guard leaders and organisations desperately hanging on to yesteryears control of information. But as McKinsey and Company have well researched, data and information is going to become more available and "liquified". In the extract below from the McKinsey report (which highlights only 7 key industry types), the benefits and implications for business will be but not limited to: Turning open data into liquid information - Fourbuckets
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What are the core ingredients of great idea executions? How are our workspaces impacting our creative output? And why do we waste almost 40% of our productivity each day? To answer these questions and more, we polled the creative community, crunched the data, and transformed it into a beautiful, poster-size infographic – otherwise known as the 99U’s annual Idea Execution Audit. The DNA Of Idea Execution: How Creatives Are Working Today
1Share Synopsis To be creative can be as simple as seeing something everyone else sees, but thinking what no one else thinks about it. What does it mean to be creative? (Almost) Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Creativity
Common wisdom states that startups are hothouses for creativity and innovation, while large corporations are too jammed up with bureaucracy and hierarchy to push the envelope and arrive at new solutions. It’s why more and more companies are trying to “think like a startup,” some even forming smaller divisions that can operate more nimbly and loosely within the larger structure. But is it that simple? How Any Company Can Think Like A Startup
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Every organization needs an Innovation champion. This very important role requires exceptional people skills and communication skills, and the ability to be a master consensus builder among all players in the organization. Innovation champions come in a wide range of styles of interaction. Renowned psychologist Michael Kirton developed the Kirton Adaptive Innovation Inventory (KAI) as a profiling tool to measure problem-solving styles. The general characteristics of innovators are as follows: How to Build An Innovation Leader
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The Intersection of Human and Organizational Innovation Capabilities Guest post by Ralph Ohr One of my main interests is looking at the intersection of organizational and human capabilities. Business is accomplished through people, thus individual mindset, behavior and capabilities determine organizational performance. When it comes to innovation, a recently published research paper, titled ‘The Bias Against Creativity’ serves as a good example. The findings indicate a paradox that people desire but reject creativity.
Is Your Leadership Innovative? Are your leadership actions impeding innovation? Are your change initiatives successfully implemented and delivering the benefits you expected? How is YOUR behavior impacting their ability to delivery results? Innovative Leadership – Critical to Create a Culture of Successful Innovation Many traditional leaders spend more time perfecting their golf swings than they do updating their ability to lead in this interconnected and dynamic business environment. The leaders who consistently implement innovative change continue to improve their leadership skills, including the level of self-knowledge and introspection that provides a feedback loop for ongoing improvement.
The Steve Jobs Way: Seven lessons in business leadership Having spent a couple of days of my holidays reading the Steve Jobs biography I couldn't help but reflect on the remarkable accomplishments of the man and the lessons applicable for business owners everywhere, big or small. This could have been a very long list, but here are the seven things that are most strongly front of mind for me (text is paraphrased and quoted from the book Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, (Simon & Schuster, 2011). 1) Focus: When Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997 he walked back into a company with low morale, stagnant sales and little sense of purpose. He found a business with ‘tons of products most of them crap, done by deluded teams'.
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Updated March 12, 2012 6:25 p.m. ET Creativity can seem like magic. We look at people like Steve Jobs and Bob Dylan, and we conclude that they must possess supernatural powers denied to mere mortals like us, gifts that allow them to imagine what has never existed before.