​When You’re Put on the Spot in a Meeting, Don’t Panic

Being put on the spot during a meeting can be an unwelcome surprise. But if you’re prepared to speak up and say something useful, you can turn it into an opportunity to show your expertise. Before your next meeting, look through the agenda and write some notes about questions you have and any points you might raise. If you’re called on in the meeting, speak slowly and confidently, and introduce your comments with some context so that colleagues know where you are headed. Of c

Keep Your Network Small and Meaningful​

The research on networking is clear: High-quality connections are more valuable than weak ties. That means a bigger network is not necessarily better. If your network isn’t helping you forge deeper, more authentic relationships, it may be time to shrink it. Start by taking stock of your priorities. Is how you’re spending your time aligned with your goals? For example, does that monthly lunch with a distant contact add value to your life? Does that conference you’ve attended f

When Starting a New Job, Lay the Groundwork for Your Success

If you want to excel in a new job, you can’t rely on the orientations and meetings that HR sets up for you. Take control of your onboarding by cultivating connections up, down, and across the organization. Figure out who the influencers are in relation to your role, and get to know them face-to-face. And don’t make the common mistake of assuming you know what your top goals should be and how best to communicate with your new manager. Ask your boss questions to better understa

Perfectionists, Think About When You’ve Succeeded Imperfectly

Being a perfectionist isn’t easy, especially if your desire for everything to be just right causes you to put off decisions, worry over sunk costs, or ruminate over failures and weaknesses. To help yourself ease up, try focusing on and learning from your successes. Ask yourself: Have I always done everything flawlessly? (Probably not.) Have I always been certain of success in advance? (Unlikely.) Remembering times when you succeeded despite being imperfect will give you the c

How to Share Your Expertise Without Looking Arrogant

If you want to advance your career, people need to know what you’re an expert in. But you shouldn’t go around bragging about everything you know. Instead, display your expertise in ways that are helpful to your colleagues. For instance, you could volunteer to host a lunch-and-learn about a topic you’ve been researching that’s relevant for your industry. Or you could write something on the topic for the company newsletter. You could even offer advice or respond to queries on t

Presenting in English When It Isn’t Your Native Language

If you aren’t a native speaker of English, giving a presentation in the language may be very stressful. Using the right approach can help. Take extra time to prepare your delivery, and practice more than you think you need to. Yes, your PowerPoint slides matter, but rehearsing your presentation out loud matters even more. Start your presentation by speaking slowly, and articulate your words carefully and confidently. This will help listeners acclimate to your voice, which is

Millennials Expects Business Leaders and Corporations to Assume Social Leadership.

Surveys of 10,455 millennials questioned across 36 countries shows increasing doubts whether businesses are really helping society and fewer than a half of the respondents in 2018 said they think companies behave ethically. The message is clear: Young workers are eager for business leaders to be proactive about making a positive impact in society—and to be responsive to employees’ needs. When asked whether particular groups were having a positive or negative impact on the wo

Traditional Technology Adoption vs. Big-Bang Disruption

Big-bang disruptions don’t follow the usual pattern of customer adoption famously described by Everett Rogers. According to his model, new products sequentially gain popularity with five market segments. In the big-bang model, new products are perfected with a few trial users and then are embraced quickly by the vast majority of the market. #digital #technology #innovation #disrupting #strategy #success #business

If Your Innovation Fails It's Your Fault!

It's time to address the elephant in the room: If Innovation fails, dear companies, is greatly due to how you manage and approach innovation (or better how you avoid it) It's not my love of punk and rockn'roll that is typing, but my will of clearly show the main reason why Innovation fails in large companies as Albert Einstein used to say "If you can't say it simply it means you haven't understood it well enough" Let's take a step back: why Innovation is so Important? What is

How Design Thinking Helps the Adoption of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been around since the late 50's. Its development and the interest around its different forms (is it Strong AI or Weak AI, Symbolic Reasoning or Machine Learning on Artificial Neural Networks) has been a rollercoaster. Super hyped in the 60's and 70's then almost abandoned until the late 80's and 90's and now again in the spotlight. Being a hot topic there is also a lot of confusion around AI. I have been personally working with and in companie

How Company Culture Makes Innovation Ability of Every Organisation

Companies benefit when employees speak up. When employees feel comfortable voicing their opinions, suggestions, or concerns, organizations become better at handling threats and opportunities. Not only. Evidences show that the more radical the collaboration the better it is. Data are clear: in order for Innovation to flourish you need to protect Dissenters. But in order to protect dissenters you first need to have them. Executives can create the right context towards innovati

The Right Way for an Established Firm to Do an Innovation Pilot with a Startup

For innovation-hungry legacy firms, partnering with a startup can be appealing. Relatively small sums of time and money can quickly yield generous returns. With due diligence and decent design, these partnerships can go beyond good results and energize organizations that have become too comfortable or complacent with everyday routines. In return, the startups typically get valuable references or valued customers. “Startnership” success, however, is all too rare. The majority


The first video of the series Innovation Desing. Learn the est practices to keep innovation alive and flourishing. Innovation distinguishes leaders from followers #innovation #designthinking #leadership #Venturedesign #Business

How Digital Trust Compares Across Countries

Our digital evolution and our productive use of new technologies rests on how well we can build digital #trust. But is it possible to measure #digitaltrust and compare it across countries? This chart aims to calibrate trust holistically to measure it and develop global comparisons. It considers four key dimensions: #Behavior, #Attitudes, #Environment, and #Experience. Each value is measured on a scale from 0 to 5 in which 0 is the lowest level of trust possible and 5 is the h

How Marketing Moved from the Mass-Market Era to the Era of Relevance

Marketing’s focus has shifted from appealing to the mass-market in the 1960s to customer loyalty in the 2010s. The next stage will prioritize relevance: serving a customer’s most important needs in the moment. Consumer research shows that in the U.S. market alone, companies are already losing $1 trillion in annual revenues to their competitors because they are not consistently relevant enough #marketing #innovation #leadership #business

Innovation Should Be a Top Priority for Boards. So Why Isn’t It?

Corporate directors and executives alike recognize that today’s pace of change continues to accelerate and that firms need to innovate to stay ahead. But are boards doing enough to support innovation, as they should? We conducted a survey of over 5,000 board members from around the world to find out. We found that, overall, innovation does not rank as a top strategic challenge for the majority of boards. Although directors in certain industries are more aware of the threat of

Research: 83% of Executives Say They Encourage Curiosity. Just 52% of Employees Agree.

Curiosity is experiencing a “Gold Rush” moment. Books, university classes, and research are popularizing the power of curiosity. Not surprisingly, organizations are increasingly, explicitly looking for curious employees. Consider these job descriptions pulled from several job listing websites: “If you have a passion and curiosity for what is possible and enjoy people, we invite you to join us on this mission” (posting for a retail sales position); “We are counting on you to b

HR Goes Agile

The agile pioneers in the tech world are years ahead of everyone else in adopting the methodology at scale. So who better to provide guidance as managers and HR leaders grapple with how to apply agile talent practices throughout their organizations? In a recent survey, thousands of software developers across many countries and industries identified their biggest obstacles in scaling and the ways they got past them. #Innovation #Business #Digital #HR #Leadership #Strategy

Diversity Programs That Get Results

Companies do a better job of increasing diversity when they forgo the control tactics and frame their efforts more positively. The most effective programs spark engagement, increase contact among different groups, or draw on people’s strong desire to look good to others. #leadership #business #innovation #digital #strategy #diversity