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The Civil War, Artificial Limbs, Innovation and Corporate Culture

  The American Civil War (1861-1865) was one of the bloodiest in American history, with over 1,100,000 casualties and claimed more than 620,000 lives. Many of those wounded ended up as amputees.  And after a gruesome amputation operation of a damaged arm … Continue reading

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Culture Change: It’s All About Asking the Right Questions

The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge. ~Thomas Berger In my advisory work I frequently find myself sitting alone with a CEO or business founder listening to them talk about their management team and their … Continue reading

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The Written Culture and the Default Culture . . .

Suppose you work in a company that has Superior Customer Service as one of its Core Values, Best-In-Class Customer Service as one of its key Strategic Objectives, and a company metric related to something like “90% or above customer satisfaction rating”. It would … Continue reading

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Where does real innovation come from?

Innovation has been heralded as the solution to sustainability in our current VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) global business environment. As a result, everyone is coming up with consulting approaches and training courses designed to instill a culture of innovation and … Continue reading

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The DEW Line and A Business Early Warning System

The Distant Early Warning Line, also known as the DEW Line or Early Warning Line, was a system of radar stations established by the US and Canadian governments across the Canadian Arctic region in 1957 to detect incoming Soviet bombers during the Cold … Continue reading

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World Knowledge Forum – Seoul, South Korea

Last week I had the privilege of attending the 15th Annual World Knowledge Forum in Seoul, South Korea as both a panel moderator and speaker.  And this Forum attracted an impressive collection of politicians, academics, business leaders and entrepreneurs. The … Continue reading

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Reinvent Yourself . . . especially with a short runway

 People who cannot invent and reinvent themselves must be content with borrowed postures, secondhand ideas, fitting in instead of standing out. ~Warren Bennis One of my favourite movies is the 2001 epic war film, Pearl Harbor,  starring Ben Affleck, Josh … Continue reading

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