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How Does an Organization Change and Innovate?

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It isn’t just about math and science anymore. It’s about creativity, imagination, and, above all, innovation. Organizations cannot compete on cost alone; innovation is CEO’s #1 priority.”

-Business Week Special Report

As the above quote demonstrates, the industry trend has transitioned from the knowledge economy to the innovation economy. In our last post, we demonstrated that adaptability is the key trait for organizations to survive turbulent times. But change and innovation aren’t just a simple “choice.” Many organizations have tried to implement changes, only to see no improvements. Others have been convinced of the importance of change, but remain fearful that they’ll cause a revolution instead of an evolution. Still others have decided to focus on innovation and are left with the question: “Now what?”

This post brings good news to those organizations. There is a formal method for change (more…)

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Evolve or Die

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During attritive economic times, luck alone does not determine which organizations survive and which become extinct. There is a process of Survival of the Fittest that takes place, to where those who are most attuned to the economic climate, business culture and consumer trends live on to fight another day.

While this perspective highlights the importance of “fitness” to a given environment, the true crucial feature is adaptability itself. As an example, let’s say that we lived in a business culture to where consumers only sought out the biggest and most recognizable names in a given industry. The organizations hauling in the largest profits and making the most notable expansions are able to hoard the market, whereas organizations earning slim margins on low-risk projects are simply flooding the market and are bound to die off. (more…)

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