Don't lose your Budget: Invest in Insight

Don't lose your Budget: Invest in Insight

If your financial year finishes in December, ensure you spend your budget. In most organisations, if you don’t spend it, then you lose it. You lose it, but you still must deliver 2019 results. And 2019 starts in less than 40 days.

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Need to solve a problem quickly - Sprint!

Need to solve a problem quickly - Sprint!

Many executives wish they could get their organisations to make decisions faster and get things done faster. Wishing they could get people to work together and make critical decisions to get projects completed. In many organisations, it is hard to get teams to move faster, but there are ways to get teams to decide faster and act faster.

We have a one day process called Solve Your Impossible Problem (SYIP), so I was fascinated to read this book.  What’s different and when should we use the Sprint process?

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How Can You Increase Performance Using Innovation?

How Can You Increase Performance Using Innovation?

A small group of organisations are serious about increasing their performance using innovation. A larger group pay lip service to increasing their performance using innovation. Those that pay lip service are unaware of how their policies and practices can discourage innovation. What can discourage innovation? We explore some wisdom from the book, Seeing what others don't: The remarkable ways we gain insights by Gary Klein. Who?

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How Can You Get Better Results for You and Your Organisation?

How Can You Get Better Results for You and Your Organisation?

Managers constantly want to get better results, better results for themselves and better results for their organisation. One way to improve performance is to get improved performance from individuals. For managers to improve their own performance and their organisation’s performance, they need to know a secret.

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3 ways to reframe your problem for a successful solution

3 ways to reframe your problem for a successful solution

Many companies don't struggle with solving problems, but they do struggle with what is the problem. Across 17 countries, Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg surveyed 106 C-suite executives from 91 private and public sector companies. 85% of executives said their companies were bad at diagnosing problems and 87% agreed this incurred significant costs. Most managers tend to leap straight into searching for solutions, without checking they deeply understand the problem.

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What capabilities do you need in a robotic age?

What capabilities do you need in a robotic age?

The B2B world is changing, and the skills and capabilities of staff need to change to match this. Is your company prepared? Have you started to build your capabilities for an unsure and volatile future? Creativity, critical thinking and tech capability are becoming essential skills for leaders.

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Can Problem-Solving really Build Teams?

Can Problem-Solving really Build Teams?

It is one thing to have a problem to solve; it is another to use this as a means of improving and strengthening your business, to make it your competitive advantage. When you have a problem to solve and need to establish a project team, it's an opportunity to develop internal relationships and remove inter-departmental barriers.

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Is Your Company Creative Enough to Survive Disruption?

Is Your Company Creative Enough to Survive Disruption?

The issue of creativity will determine whether or not your company will survive or become a statistic. Trying to create an environment that is conducive to creativity, both for yourself and your teams will ultimately become a top priority for your company. How can your team become more creative?

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Why do we never have any fresh ideas? [Innovation]

Why do we never have any fresh ideas? [Innovation]

Many managers say their meetings don't work, and get frustrated with wasting hours trying to solve problems and choose solutions, without generating any fresh ideas. 

What if there was a process that could you help you with this?

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Why Can't We Find A Solution? [Problem-Solving]

Why Can't We Find A Solution? [Problem-Solving]

Does this sound familiar?

This morning, three hours discussing the poor results from the employee survey and getting nowhere. We tried to agree some actions to improve satisfaction. But we went round and round in circles. Helen from HR wanted to find ways to get staff more involved. Mike in Manufacturing thought that was a waste of time and we should just rewrite role descriptions so everyone was clear what they should do. Sam from Sales thought getting more involvement from staff and new role descriptions were both a waste of time and that we needed to make our salaries more competitive in the marketplace. We spent 9 minutes just arguing why each of the three solutions were wrong.

No wonder many managers say their meetings don't work. So, what can you do?

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Top 5 actions for innovating in your company

Top 5 actions for innovating in your company

Has innovation become a cliché? What does it really mean? People have many different ideas and here are just two:

  • Innovation is successfully applied ideas.
  • Disruptive innovation involves the utter disturbance of the status quo.

In a disruptive and volatile B2B world, senior decision makers need to improve results much faster than ever.  But growing revenue and profits in a sustainable way and creating more value for customers is becoming harder. So, everyone is searching for some innovation to help them overcome their increasing challenges.

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Should innovation be left to your creative teams?

Should innovation be left to your creative teams?

Innovation is not just about ‘out of the box’, ‘blue-sky’ solutions. Sure, we need to use some right-brain thinking to free our imaginations and find creative answers. But, you need to match this with a left-brain process and hard work. Organisations can do a great job and spend lots of time solving the wrong problem. So, it’s important to take the time to understand the real problem that needs to be solved and to make sure the real problem is well defined.

How do you define your problems?

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UTS Connecting with Technology

UTS Connecting with Technology

Interesting to see Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has joined UTS as an Adjunct Professor, the first appointment he has accepted at any university in the world.  I can’t imagine that anyone would have predicted he would choose an Australian university. Most of us still think within the constraints of geography... 

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