The Way of Innovation

<repost> The word “innovation” conjures up positive imagery. We see it as something we want to be known for. It’s creative, desirable, inspiring, and we sense that if we can do it, if we can achieve it, we will lift ourselves up above the status quo, not to mention those who are quite comfortable inContinue reading “The Way of Innovation”

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Thinking about How I Think

A prospective client asked me to come talk with a few board members about how I think about transformative change and how I might help their organization work through some significant short-term and long-term challenges and aspirations. There was a time – when I was oh so young — when I might have gone andContinue reading “Thinking about How I Think”

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Thoughts about the Imagine Canada Forum

Got home a bit ago after taking in the Imagine Canada Forum here in Edmonton. I estimate 80, maybe a hundred folks attended, so a pretty good turnout. This was the first of the provincial forums Imagine Canada will be doing over the next several months. I extend KUDOS to the organization for embarking onContinue reading “Thoughts about the Imagine Canada Forum”

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Collaboration: convergence to create new value

Do a Google search on “collaboration” and the majority of hits you generate will actually be about collaboration tools or software, not the activity of collaboration. This is similar to the concept of customer relationship management. Search for that phrase and you end up with a litany of CRM software tools.  I would not suggestContinue reading “Collaboration: convergence to create new value”

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Current Issue of The Philanthropist

Here are the current offerings from this important journal, featuring articles by Edmontonians Martin Garber-Conrad (Edmonton Community Foundation) and Bob Wyatt (Muttart Foundation) as well other excellent food for thought pieces.  Visit and bookmark http://www.thephilanthropist.ca and check out their past issues. Articles Overview from Canada: Modernising Charity Law Abstract PDF Bob Wyatt   “Oil and WaterContinue reading “Current Issue of The Philanthropist”

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Is SROI another bandwagon?

If the title of this posting seems a tad cynical, I confess to it up front.  But the question being posed is meant to stir thinking more so than debunk SROI (which stands for “Social Return on Investment”). Honest truth is I don’t know enough about SROI to sing masterfully its praises or lampoon it or anythingContinue reading “Is SROI another bandwagon?”

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This isn’t change. It is transformation

This is how things work. Someone sends me a link to a blog (thanks Carol). I go to that blog and see some links in the body of a posting that interest me (thanks Lucy). One link takes me to wiki site (i.e. a collaborative site) about trends. There read a posting by Laurie whoContinue reading “This isn’t change. It is transformation”

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Innovation quickies

If you think about innovative companies, you can’t help but thing of Google. One key to their success at being innovative is offered by Sheryl Sandberg, vice president of Automated Advertising Systems: “We don’t always have an answer. We’re willing to tolerate that ambiguity and chaos because that’s where the room is for innovation.” Google’sContinue reading “Innovation quickies”

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Innovation is intentional change

Organizational innovation calls for the players to understand and affirm the vision and direction of the organization. They need to be able to identify, recognize, and decide upon vision relevant opportunities and challenges.  To innovate effective, the organization should be intentional, objective or goal oriented, and be able to create and sustain momentum to achieveContinue reading “Innovation is intentional change”

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