Want To Be An Innovator? Shift Your Perspective

There’s a lot of talk these days about innovation and disruption. If you’re a front-line leader, what can you do to foster innovation? First, you must understand how your ability to innovate is directly shaped by your thoughts and beliefs about the world and yourself in it.   Let’s talk first about some actions that are key to your ability to identify and champion an innovative idea.  Across dozens of organizations that have tried to develop more innovative cultures, they consistently identify and emphasize competencies like the following:   Recognize opportunities, which others may not see, to affect organizational goals and challenges. Advocate for unpopular ideas. Challenge others’ thinking and […]

Face Time Doesn’t Equal Productivity

I understand Marissa Mayer’s edict to have workers return to the office, but I doubt she will accomplish her stated goal of having Yahoo “move more quickly, with teams focusing on collaboration and communication.”  Simply, I believe that most people today face too many roadblocks to effective collaboration – no matter where they park their computer. What is Real Collaboration? At Teleos, we see collaboration as much more than coordinating tasks or playing nice together.  Real collaboration is about building commitment and managing performance, to achieve some shared purpose.  Real collaboration requires people to share their views, even when those views differ from those held by supposed experts and authority […]