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Haphazard innovation fails. Six steps for superior innovation results!

Some 170 of the world’s largest companies (as measured by revenue), have a declining return on investment for their innovation projects, according to research. Why? Many companies under pressure to show that they can disrupt a market (or starve off disruption) are pursuing innovation haphazardly. Many of their investments end up being non-strategic, poorly linked… Read More

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Learn the traits of highly innovative companies

New research is underway which will provide extraordinary insights for you on how companies become innovative. InnovationOne, LLC and The Conference Board have launched the 2019 Global State of Innovation Survey. You can be a part of it. Our 2017 Global State of Innovation Survey showed that highly innovative companies invest in developing collaborative and innovative cultures, digital technology,… Read More

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Five steps to attract women to your jobs

The rise in female participation in the workforce — double the increase in male participation — is helping employers fill job vacancies in the tight US labor market. The percentage of prime-age women who are in the labor force climbed to 75.8% at the close of 2018, which is a full two percentage points higher… Read More

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How to make giving negative feedback a positive experience!

An IT manager spoke with me recently about how he hates doing annual performance appraisals and providing performance feedback, especially when it is negative feedback. “So many employees are really not self-aware and open to the feedback,” he said. No one especially relishes negative feedback, but there are ways to make the conversation go easier… Read More

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Participate in the 2019 Global State of Innovation Survey

I am excited to invite members of management to participate in new and exciting research being conducted to identify what drives innovation in organizations and the tools, measures, and talent strategies necessary to be a highly innovative company. InnovationOne, LLC and The Conference Board are launching the 2019 Global State of Innovation Survey. The survey… Read More

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Announcing Global State of Innovation Survey 2019

As a managing partner of InnovationOne I am pleased to announce that in the coming days, InnovationOne® and The Conference Board will be launching the Global State of Innovation Survey as part of InnovationOne’s ongoing research and The Conference Board’s Signposts to the Future of Innovation project. We are conducting this survey to help us… Read More

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It is time to recruit America’s forgotten workforces.

Are you struggling to find job candidates for entry-level job openings? It  is time to consider America’s forgotten workers—  the formally incarcerated and those with disabilities, including autism. A recent and insightful article in The Wall Street Journal illustrates the success of people who have a high functioning form of autism. One is Nathan Mort… Read More

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Companies are innovating with health care to cut costs and improve recruiting and retention

Something is afoot in health care. Large companies such as General Motors are abandoning health care insurance and are directly contracting with large health care providers to reduce costs while keeping quality standards. Smaller employers are using innovative health care providers that offer health care for as low as half the cost of conventional health… Read More

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How Silicon Valley Works…Ecosystems Breaking Traditions for Transformations

Many business leaders don’t get Silicon Valley. They know the reputation, the high-tech giants, the casual dress, the innovation that fails and succeeds in SV and the unicorns. But the common theme among the SV innovation labs, venture capitalists, and start-ups at The Conference Board’s 6th Annual Innovation Master Class hosted at the storied Xerox… Read More

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Strategy Shift: Innovation and risk as the foundation for strategy and financial success.

In Strategy Shift, my colleague, C. Brooke Dobni Ph.D. with co-author  Christopher Sand, Ph.D. assert that organizations that want to be innovative need a strategy shift. To innovate and pivot quickly, firms must continually nurture their culture to innovate and adapt and evolve with their ever-evolving business context. Human Resources leaders have a role at the… Read More