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A Cross Systems Planning Model

Effective execution of cross systems planning initiatives requires an ability to leverage unanticipated opportunities. It also requires the ability to

Triangulation as a Function of Project Structure

Triangulation is a function of project structure. What this means is that the quality and frequency in which triangulation occurs will be determined b

Branding Risks in Syndication Networks

Syndication represents a very useful way to expand your reach, build your audience, and contribute to your industry’s thought leadership. The qu

Socially Constructed Barriers to Innovation

Socially Constructed Barriers to Innovation (SCBI) represent some of the most prolific, and yet theoretically resolvable, obstacles to corporate creat

Customer Journey Mapping: an Introduction

Customer Journey Mapping involves developing a process map that tracks the customers connecting with your business and first learning about your busin

Managing the Project Manager in a Network

Project Managers are responsible for coordinating and managing budgets, resources, schedules, and stakeholders. But who manages the Project Manager, a

Stakeholder & Customer Role Confusion in Projects

Projects are complex. They involve project customers, owners, champions, managers, consultants, sponsors, subject matter experts, IT personnel, and ot

Delivering Projects in a Matrix Environment

Matrix structures are often adopted by business settings that deploy short term projects across different (and changing) functional lines. Using this

Why Projects Fail: Project Management Lessons

Project management process tools can be used to guide almost any project towards its goals. Functioning as the structure through which other tools, re

Building Your Project Management Office

In a work of increasingly complex interactions and business models the need for a standardized approach to managing projects has never been greater. T

Local and Systemic Disruption

Systemic Disruption represents change most often leveraged by larger corporations. The attributes and advantages of smaller companies (including agil

A System Thinking Model of Leadership Innovation

I was recently watching a You Tube video of a world renowned expert on the topic of leadership. The story started with their experience in the militar

Video – Issues in Problem Resolution: A Framework

Finding opportunities for growth & innovation also requires having the business competencies to identify, evaluate, and resolve internal/external

Video: Complexity & Healthcare Systems Modelling

Finding the best way to implement healthcare in complex systems requires a larger vision. It requires a bird’s eye view of the system and the abilit

Bias Against Data & Evaluation Frameworks

Why is there a bias against using data? And……What exactly is data? Is it a number, a unit, a quantity, a quality, a description, or all of the abo

Building a Nonprofit Organization

The steps towards Building a Nonprofit Organization will vary depending on your organization’s location. Despite the different steps identified per

Innovation Competencies DNA

When the customer recognizes the benefit of using your product or service offerings everyone benefits. Organizations who are able to develop and lever

Framework for Leveraging Business Innovation

Opportunities for leveraging business innovationexist throughout the business cycle. When reviewing many of the models available for planning, devel

Business Model Ecosystems Innovation

Evaluating your Business Model Ecosystems Innovation isn’t easy. Fortunately there are a lot of tools available for accomplishing this task. Unfort

Team Structure and Business Model Innovation

I recently read a job description that referred to team-structure. I reflected on this phrase wondering what the author meant by the term and whether

Building a Data Driven Business Culture

Business culture can either be an asset or an obstacle to serving the business’ stakeholders. The business culture of meaning, faith, and values

Performance Management Framework: Opportunities for Innovation

Agency culture and employee/customer satisfaction is correlated with the organization’s recruitment practices, training efforts, and evaluation reso

New Societies Act BC 2016

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a workshop on the New Societies Act, BC (2016) facilitated by the Pacific Legal Education & Outreach So

The Innovation Opportunity Chain

Learning organizations seek to leverage existing assets, human resources, and experience to generate additional values over time. These values are int

Solving Useful Problems: Innovation at work

Identifying which problems to solve is open to your business’ core competencies, industry, and values. The ability to identify problems worth solvin

Business Culture and the Ability to Support Innovation

Building your business culture requires taking into consideration the homeostatic mechanisms that both reinforce and sustain existing norms. When thes

Strengthen Your Business with “Innovate 2.0”

  Competition between businesses is not limited to national or international markets. It also occurs regionally and locally. In order to successf

Innovation & Sustainability Architecture

  The modern corporation coexists with others in an ever changing and dynamic landscape. In order to remain a viable and sustainable business lea

Measuring Innovation – Using Key Performance Indicators

In a recent article I proposed a model that helps businesses better understand their readiness to lead their industry. Leading an industry requires co

Leveraging Workplace Diversity to Drive Innovation

  Gardenswartz, Rowe, Bennett, Tobin, and Palthe (2008) explain that effective management of workplace diversity is crucial to support a healthy,

Leadership & Employee Engagement Competencies

  Management’s core beliefs determine how work is evaluated, employees are engaged and supported, how outcomes are evaluated and pursued, how h

Core Competencies for Recruitment Innovation

  Competing in today’s business environment requires more than just continuing as usual. It requires understanding your customers, your ind

Strategic Direction for Innovation Ecosystems

Innovation requires an open, respectful, and agile framework in order to leverage the combined wisdom and experience of the team. Innovation represent

Innovation as a Solution to Misalignment

Leadership innovation is not achieved in isolation. The CEO requires the rest of the crew in order to identify hazards, evaluate risks, and coordinate

An Epi-Genetic Model of Emotional & Relational Intelligences

During my career I’ve always been fascinated with the diversity of normative models available to help consultants, managers, and the general public

Business Value: Case for Agile Competencies

  Business value should be defined to include revenue, quality, efficiency, productivity, cost, branding, relationships, and maintained competiti

Business Culture & the Chief Executive

  The general description of business culture is that it represents the beliefs, actions, attitudes, and values of the corporation. Culture is t

Situational Leadership Business Scorecard

  The “Situational Leadership Business Scorecard Diagnostic Rating Matrix” is a great tool for identifying key driver’s in buil

Disruption and Your Nonprofits Business Architecture

  Disruption occurs when an incumbent, or more likely an agile & responsive startup, introduces products or services that changes the market.

Best Practices for Nonprofit Marketing

In the nonprofit sectors the executive team, and those who manage the finances of the organization, consider their ‘market share’ to be a foregone

Innovation as a Nonprofit Challenge

Learning infrastructures represent a core competency and a competitive advantage for nonprofit innovation. The need for innovation is no less true in

Disruptive Innovation & Undermining Incumbents

In a global economy the business’ culture will determine what opportunities are exploited and those that are missed. In a recent article of the MIT

 

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