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How to Make Space for Your Team's Creativity

innovation leadership staff Mar 02, 2021

If you’re a business owner, you’ve been here before: you’ve gathered your team into the board room (or Zoom meeting), you’re looking to bounce ideas around, and you open the floor for suggestions...and you get crickets.” 

“Anyone have any ideas? Or questions?” you ask. Blank stares. 

As much as you may wish it, your team won’t just become a creative, eager, and self-motivated bunch overnight--or by accident.

Healthy Things Grow - What...

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What 2020 Taught Us About Crisis Preparedness for Business

As we emerge from the chaos of 2020, I think it’s safe to say just about all of us are looking ahead and hoping for much smoother sailing in 2021. Business owners had to weather the stress of unpredictable storms, each threatening to strike without warning, seemingly overnight.

Naturally, we look forward to a (hopefully) calmer 2021, but this year’s chaos leaves us with one critical principle we shouldn’t leave in 2020. And it’s this:

There are no guarantees in life....

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How to Add a New Revenue Stream in 3 Easy Steps

Every business owner stuck in a revenue plateau wonders what it will take to break through to the next level. Revenue growth can be a challenge for any business, but there comes a point where new growth feels like a never-ending uphill battle. If that's you, then it's time to work smarter, not harder. And how do the most successful businesses do that?  By adding a new revenue stream.

But before you roll your eyes and tell me that's too much work/not feasible for your...

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How to Add a Recurring Revenue Stream to Your Business

There are two challenges that many small to medium businesses face: growth and stability. It’s why business owners know the pressure to keep adding new revenue so well. This is especially true for businesses based on a non-recurring business model. There’s an urgency to find and attract new transactions on a constant basis to sustain business. If you own a business like this, you may want to consider adding a recurring revenue stream to your business model.

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Creative Solutions & Japanese Trains

innovation strategy Feb 07, 2018

We’re all aware of the value of creative solutions. Creativity has always been, and always will be, vital to business success. But a lot of us are content to use one out-of-the-box idea every once in a while and call it “creativity.”

In a guest column for FortuneBarbara Dyer, CEO of the Hitachi Foundation, suggests that creativity should be fostered as part of company culture, not just something to turn to when all other ideas fail. When...

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Challenging the Status Quo: the Key to Innovation

innovation Sep 13, 2016

18th-century physician Edward Jenner earned his place in the history books by creating the first vaccine and effectively curing the deadly smallpox virus. Generations of people remember him for his contribution to the well-being of the entire world. He was more than just a medical philanthropist — he was a true innovator.

In today’s market, it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish yourself from the sea of companies offering almost the exact same solution in the exact...

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EOS & the Importance of Thinking Like Your Target Market

branding innovation markets Aug 02, 2016

When it comes to thinking like your target market, it’s hard to tell whether Millennials are the easiest to read — or the hardest.

In 2015, EOS accounted for 11.5% of all lip balm sales in the United States. It was second only to Burt’s Bees at 12.1% (Statista). EOS ranked fourth on Business Insider’s list of the Top 50 Brands that Young Women Love. It was alongside major league players like Sephora (#7), Victoria’s Secret (#3), and Forever 21...

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