Thanksgiving is practically here, and you can feel its presence. There’s a fresh chill in the air that creeps in on late afternoons. The darkness falls earlier, followed by the aroma of logs smoking within cozy hearths. The clerks at the market are frantically stocking the shelves. Then there are the elaborate plans drawn up to coordinate the efforts of recipe gathering, shopping, cooking, accommodating guests, laying out tables, and setting up for the big game. Yet the spirit of this season[...]
Back in June, following the tragic collision of a U.S. warship with a merchant vessel near Japan, we discussed the attributes of strong leadership. The Navy’s openness and decisive action in investigating the disaster provided a compelling example. In this hyper-socialized and visible era, leaders aren’t just the guiding voices or visionaries behind an organization, they are the brand. Maintaining trust and establishing a thriving foundation are essential to attracting customers and talent.[...]
Last week, I dedicated my post to the rewards of innovation, because it’s one of the most critical conversations we should be having in the business community. To remain competitive, companies need to keep innovating -- solving problems and delivering value. And that means we must start treating innovation as a business discipline, not just a strategy or buzzword.
Regardless of industry or the type of enterprises we lead, we’ve found ourselves standing at the threshold of a dynamic business evolution, where innovation is steadily rising as a new form of capital. The advances we’re witnessing in exponential technologies and digital transformations have ushered in an era full of exploration, curiosity and boundless possibilities. The challenge, however, is defining a nebulous concept like “innovation.” What does it really mean? There’s a difference[...]