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Activating an Innovation Culture

What does it mean to have an “Innovation Culture?” For some, it can mean open floor plans and shared desk spaces, beer in the fridge and casual dress. For others, a culture of innovation is found in workplaces where people are constantly building the next cutting-edge technology or software to disrupt their markets. In my

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Helping Others Find Their Voice

Fostering growth in your employees and encouraging them to speak up and find their voice is key to cultivating a community of problem solvers. Helping your employees to find their voice is one of the most powerful leadership techniques you can employ. Once everyone in your organization feels able and encouraged to speak up, your

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Peopleship: The New Culture Model

The problem with the word “leadership” is that it focuses on the top. It paints a picture of the top brass pulling strings and making things happen in the organization. He or she is constantly in meetings and on the phone, delegating tasks and demanding results. Having a competent leader is important, but it is

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15 years of Chicago Innovation: Where the city stands today

Article originally posted in Chicago Tribune Tom Kuczmarski.


One of the handiest words in the world of business is “innovation.” It is right up there with “new and improved” as a shorthand way of describing just about anything. What a disservice to a word that has formed the underpinning of a massive shift in the entire business landscape. And no place is that

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5 Most Common Mistakes Innovators Make When Submitting To Innovation Competitions?

Article originally posted in Killer Innovations Phil McKinney.


Winning innovation competitions or innovation awards can be a major achievement and proof of you and your teams ability to innovate. Which innovation competitions or awards should you submit to? Are there any downsides to submitting and winning a competition or an award? In this weeks show of Killer Innovations, we discuss the structures and thinking behind

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In or out: How should a company source its innovation

Click here for original text: http://tinyurl.com/hdahp3m In banking, as well as any industry, the decision between outsourcing and insourcing innovation is a delicate balance between a company’s internal knowledge, resources, and expertise in innovation vs the incremental cost for acquiring outside knowledge. The main benefit of outsourcing innovation to a consultancy is that it allows an

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What are the 3 things that every organization should do to be truly innovative?

Article originally posted in Killer Innovations Phil McKinney.


It seems that every organization is looking for the secrets to make their teams more innovative. Is it hiring? Or is it office space design? In this weeks Killer Innovations Show, Thomas D. Kuczmarski, president and founder of Kuczmarski Innovation and co-founder (with journalist  Dan Miller) of the Chicago Innovation Awards, shares his thoughts on what

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Meet One Of Chicago’s Top Innovators

For full audio, click here: http://wgnplus.com/2016/04/07/meet-one-of-chicagos-top-innovators/ As the Voice of Chicago Innovation, each week we look for innovators that have set out to re-shape entire industries! Joining us in-studio to talk innovation is, Tom Kuczmarski – adjunct Professor at Kellogg School of Management, Co-founder of the Chicago Innovation awards and President of Kuczmarski Innovation.  

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This is how you make America great again

For source, click here: http://tinyurl.com/jbjwmca As the presidential campaign heats up, we are hearing plenty of promises from each candidate that they will bring jobs to the American economy and rebuild the middle class. What we are not hearing is a persuasive case for just how that will happen. Hiding in plain sight and providing a

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