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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

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Technology geek, mission, and business ethics

The irony could not have been stronger. On my news feed, I saw that legendary Medtronic founder and technology geek Earl Bakken died at age 94. Then, just below, I spotted another headline reading, “Will Silicon Valley Ever Act Ethically?” For 12 years as the leader of human resources for various Medtronic business divisions, I… Read More

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10 Talent Strategies to Support Cultures of Innovation

Companies large and small are racing to digitize their operations and to find the new technology in their domain that will allow them to disrupt their competition and find new markets. The companies that succeed in this race are agile ones that also spend the time nurturing and developing transparent, collaborative and aligned cultures. Human… Read More

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5 leadership lessons from the maverick of the Senate

Arizona Senator John McCain, known as a genuine war hero, a political maverick, straight talker, champion of bipartisanship in service to America, and two-time candidate for the Presidency, died over the weekend after a long fight with brain cancer. His passing is feared to be end of political era of bipartisanship and selfless service to… Read More

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Talent Strategies Needed to Support Cultures of Innovation

I was honored to present and be part of a panel discussion at one of Silicon Valley’s legacy innovation centers, PARC, a Xerox Company in Palo Alto, July 26, 2018. I began my presentation by asking if everyone believes that culture can be measured and managed? Not everyone understands this, despite overwhelming evidence from InnovationOne… Read More

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New case study links InnovationOne Health Index and innovation implementation framework to improved innovation. Nine lessons from case study…

In their experience as academics and consultants, Dr. C. Brooke Dobni and Dr. Mark Klassen have concluded that many organizations need something to improve their organization’s innovation, but they are not quite sure what. Through their research, they have learned much about assessing an organization’s culture of innovation and the practice and implementation of innovation.… Read More

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Don’t manage to an employee engagement score. Instead, drive business value.

The $74 billion employment engagement industry has a serious problem. After nearly 18 years, it is not driving sufficient business value to justify its costs. Instead, values, business purpose, organizational learning, and culture are the true factors that drive business value. Employee engagement is an outdated idea that needs to be overhauled. Gallup’s State of… Read More

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Suffering from a lax work culture? The answer is in the numbers.

A business executive complained to me about the lax work culture shown by his employees. “Everyone leaves the office by 4:30,” he said. “Where is their commitment to our mission? Where is their commitment to our customers and to get new products out on time?” he asked. He carried with him in his briefcase an… Read More

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3 Ways Talent Executives Can Accelerate Innovation in 2018

Managing culture, embracing metrics and pursuing evolving technologies are among the top priorities talent leaders should focus on in the New Year. By Victor Assad and Ataman Ozyildirim, Talent Economy Influencers. Published in Talent Economy, December 20th, 2017 As 2017 winds down, a new survey provides tips for how talent executives can prioritize innovation in the… Read More