Ellisse Thompson

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Before You Innovate, Ask the Right Questions

Albert Einstein is often quoted (perhaps apocryphally) as saying, “If I had 20 days to solve a problem, I would spend 19 days to define it.” Innovation is a particularly sticky problem because it so often remains undefined. We treat it as a monolith, as if every innovation is the same, which is why …

How Innovation Happens (And Why It Doesn’t, When It Doesn’t)

Image copyright iQoncept<p>There are two things that a company should do well: Create products that deliver significant new value to customers, and get …

Inside Facebook’s Internal Innovation Culture

Business news headlines featuring social-networking giant Facebook change almost as often and as dramatically as a teenager updates her Facebook status online.<p>But one big part of the Facebook story that rarely gets told is that of the company’s internal innovation culture. Obviously, it’s a story …

How To Explode “Narrow Frame” Thinking To Unleash Great Ideas

Getting stuck in an either/or mindset leaves you with two ideas–when in reality there are a million in between. A case study in frozen bananas reveals the process.<p>Studies have found that people tend to make “whether or not” decisions, like “I’m deciding whether or not to quit my job,” or “I’m …

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An Innovation Leadership Revolution Is Brewing

<i>If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?</i><p>T. S. Eliot<p>Here is a blinding glimpse of the obvious for you: Innovation is all about leadership.<p>There is today an emerging distinction between “leadership” and “innovation leadership,” a new vision of what it takes to become an …

10 Barriers to Employee Innovation

Fast Company hosted Innovation Uncensored in New York last week with the hope of inspiring leaders to spark new ideas and trends. Visionaries like Jack Dorsey (Twitter), David Karp (Tumblr), Justin Kan (Exec), and Diane Von Furstenberg (DVF Studio) shared experiences from their pasts and their …

Share the Wealth - Why Businesses Thrive When Their Employees Trade Knowledge

We have all been there before -- working on an important project and needing some vital information to get things done. It happens at any and every company. As a collective force directed towards making things happen, employees at a company are generally expected to help each other, towards that …

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