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What The Best Leaders Learn From Hate And Hypocrisy

What you dislike most about others may point to an important lesson for yourself.

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Three Indisputable Traits Of A True Leader

Three questions great leaders ask their teams.

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How To Win In The Corporate Venturing Game

Overcoming the five common reasons innovation efforts fail.

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How To Pick Your Yoda

Why the smartest leaders have coaches. How to pick yours.

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Two Lists Successful Leaders Make Every Day

These two simple practices will take the sting out of your toughest day.

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How To Identify The Most Dangerous Person In Your Company

Disrupters are absolutely necessary, but not if it means damaging a company's core values.

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How Entrepreneurs Overcome Fear

Embracing the entrepreneurial paradox can benefit not only entrepreneurs but every business leader.

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Outsource Your Crazy™

Why Successful Companies Are Exporting Their Scariest Ideas (and people)

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The Three Strategy Questions Leaders Need To Ask Right Now

Here are a few questions to put front and center during your next strategy session.

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How Leaders At Large Companies Can Think Like A (Genius) Entrepreneur

How to harness the power of abundant thinking and believing in “pathological optimism.”

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How To Think Like A (Genius) Entrepreneur

The power of abundant thinking and the importance of believing in “pathological optimism

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[Press Release] Safety First: National Association of REALTORS® Video Wins Awards

In this video, consumers learn about the potential safety protocols they may encounter when working with a REALTOR®.

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How To Persuade Like Bill Clinton

A speaking lesson for leaders at large and small companies

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The Unexpected Journeys Of R&D: A Parable

This is a story about Randy and Dave (R&D).

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The Three Most Powerful Words For Startups

If you understand these three powerful words, you can help any size company succeed.

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Why Speaking ‘Startup’ Matters: The Three Words That Matter Most To Entrepreneurs

There is a growing and costly language gap between big businesses and startups, and the stakes have never been higher.

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Why You Should Avoid Entrepreneurship

This article was written for visionaries and masochists alike.

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How Large And Small Businesses Can Overcome The Innovation Paradox Together

“We need to act more like entrepreneurs, but those guys are nuts.” —a real quote from a Fortune 100 CEO

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Does Your Innovation ‘Engine’ Need A Tune-up?

Tune it, rebuild it or scrap it? Your innovation engine may be sputtering if you are spending too much (or not enough) time building and rebuilding.

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Does Your Culture Promote Or Prevent Inventive Thinking?

What The Leaders Of Great Countries And Companies Know About The Entrepreneurial Mindset Do you think your company culture is more…

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How Powerful People Embrace Change

G. Michael Maddock speaks on a topic he is truly passionate about: CHANGE.

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Lessons From Inside A Shark Tank

Driving innovation—what ginormous and teeny enterprises alike do to defy the odds and successfully launch new products, services and business models.

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How To Outwit Your Smartest Competitors

Want to change an industry? Make a list of all the legacy assumptions and ask your team to brainstorm ideas while eliminating one assumption at a time.

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Lessons From A Middle-Aged Entrepreneur

What is your biggest regret in life? When you ask our seniors this question, you often get a surprising answer.

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The Art Of Being Strategically Selfish

The most successful people have learned that taking care of themselves first and foremost gives them the oxygen they need to think, to dream, to connect and to inspire.

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Surviving A Bad Work Marriage

If you’ve been in business for more than a few years, you have undoubtedly experienced a dysfunctional work marriage. Described here are four classic situations—along with what you can do about them.

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The Entrepreneur’s Midlife Crisis

Have you considered the idea that you might be having a middle-aged crisis? Here are seven signs you may be having one.

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Entrepreneurs Vs. Market Leaders: Three Strategies Entrepreneurs Use To Win

Question: How many entrepreneurs does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: Does it have to be a light bulb?

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The Best Way To Innovate: Big Company Edition

The best way to innovate: Three proven strategies that will work for big companies.

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Sustaining Success: Why Big Companies Need To Slow Down

We’ve all heard some version of Aesop’s fable of the hare and the tortoise. It was written to pass on this simple message: Pragmatic plodding wins the race. Unfortunately, this lesson seems to be lost in most large companies trying to innovate today. The “need for speed” seems to be trumping common sense.

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Three Common Words That Make Entrepreneurs Crazy

If you spend enough time around entrepreneurs, you’ll notice they are more offended by some common words than most business people.

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Will My Job Be Completely Different Very, Very Soon?

Is your company going to become a forgotten bit of history? Is your industry heading for a Napster Moment? Is your expert status at risk? “Control your own destiny or someone else will.” —Jack Welch

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Office Design Lessons From Innovationland

Six Ideas For Spurring Creativity: Our company has been recognized as having one of the “Coolest Offices” in Chicago on a number of occasions—most recently by Crain’s Chicago Business.

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Could Uber Put FedEx Out Of Business?

Because customer needs, wants and desires are constantly evolving, if you are the leader of a company bent on innovation, the most important question you must ask your team is, “What business could we be in tomorrow?”

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A Leadership Wish: Eddie Murphy Please Host SNL

This article is about what happens when you decide to reengage with your natural gifts that shined brightly when you were young.

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Why Just About Every Single Head of Innovation — Including Me — Should Be Fired

As seen on Forbes Hint: No matter how aggressive we are being, we aren’t being aggressive enough. I wasn’t being hyperbolic with that headline. Most innovation officers are brought in to

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How Innovation Helped Save A Company

It is always nice when a business principle reserved only for the bravest leaders proves itself to be true under the worst possible conditions — a lesson in surviving the perfect storm.

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Five Wishes Every CEO Wants For The New Year

How The Best Make These Wishes Come True

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Why Sean Hannity Can’t Innovate

…and Rachel Maddow is in the same boat

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When The Shift Hits The Fan

There comes a time in every business when it becomes apparent that your product, service or business model is no longer relevant.

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What To Do When Your Boss Says It’s Time To Innovate

As seen on Forbes Confessions time: I do a fair amount of public speaking and recently read this comment in my evaluations: “Would have been just as powerful without

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Why You Need An Innovation Portfolio

As seen on Forbes A Billion-Dollar Lesson From An Unlikely Suspect As the financial markets crashed, CNBC’s Erin Burnett and the late Mark Haines pressed me during Squawk Box to name

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The Secret Weapon Of The Most Inventive Minds

A Critical Lesson From The Most Successful Entrepreneurs

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Innovation Nation?

Is Your Government Good Or Bad For Innovation?

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[Video] Why

Monkey Minute With Mike Maddock Mike shares with us how valuable it is to use the question “Why?” to uncover the deeper emotions that influence how consumers make buying decisions. And

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The Only Way Great Change Happens

Here’s how to know things are about to change—dramatically. I was in an advisory board meeting yesterday with eight of the smartest, most successful people I know. We were going over

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How The Best Leaders Set Context

The Way You Start A Conversation May Determine The Outcome You Get

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How Being Really Bad Is Really Great For Business

The Often Missed Secret Of The Best Brands Harvard Business School Professor Frances X. Frei has something to say about being bad at…

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Why Victims Can’t Be Successful Innovators

Consider this tale: Two salespeople for a leading athletic shoe company are sent over to a developing-world soon-to-be-superpower country in the early 1980s. After a week of working to find

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Making Tough Decisions Under Pressure

How the best leaders make the toughest decisions—when it matters most “Making good decisions is a critical skill at every level.” —Peter Drucker “It turns out, making a tough decision is a

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Why Does My Boss Hate Me?

Three things your boss would rather fire you for—than tell you about Leaders talk by the water cooler, too. When they do, they usually discuss the future they want for their company,

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Five Ways To Successfully Innovate

See if this sounds familiar to you: The CEO says, “We must become more innovative.” She hires or assigns a Chief Innovation Officer. An innovation task force is formed. The task force comes up

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The Olympic Games: Customer Experience Secrets

You may think that the only customers of the Olympic games are the families around the world staring intently at their TVs while cheering on their favorite athlete or country. But

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How Olympic Innovation Can Help You Rethink Your Business

How the Olympics are shining a light on an innovation that will change industries. So what is the greatest…

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A Simple Question That Will Positively Change Your (Business) Life

“Grow where you are planted.” —Mother Theresa I recently received a really nice phone call from a former client. The last…

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Driving Change: Would You Be A Successful Chief Innovation Officer?

Is the “CInO” title in Your Future? Should it be? Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. —Steve Jobs Do you think Jobs was talking about companies or people? After two decades of

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Is It Too Late To Reinvent Our Universities?

Scholarship? No Thanks. If you were offered a healthy scholarship that still left you with five figures worth of debt at graduation…

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Ten Resolutions The Most Successful People Make And Then Keep

Well, it’s that time again—time to start rolling out the New Year’s resolutions. Some of us will vow to eat less, exercise more, live in the moment, be more grateful.

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Three Ways Great Leaders Handle Great Adversity

How To Be At Your Best When Life Is At Its Worst “No matter how bad things are, you can always make things…

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Were You Born To Be An Entrepreneur?

Three Simple Ways To Know It’s For You When he reached his mid-40s, my uncle bought a sailboat. After about a…

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Deb Goldman And Evan Gold—Radio Interview

In a radio interview with Deb Goldman and Evan Gold, Mike Maddock discusses what’s next for big companies, how to recognize the Napster Moment, and how getting

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Agility: The New Currency Of Growth

Three Reasons Why It Will Matter As Much As Innovation Very Soon By the seventh grade, I’d had just about enough of…

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How To See More Productive Smiles At Work

Three Simple Techniques To Create A Better Culture Imagine going to the doctor for a series of expensive tests. Weeks…

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A One-Two Punch For Health Care?

Three New Conversations That Need To Be Happening Right Now President Obama announced recently that things were about to get better for all…

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Why Americans Make The Best Entrepreneurs…For Now

At least three important factors separate the best from the rest. Why is America so entrepreneurial? It boils down to a confluence of money, empathy and culture. We will explore whether

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Politically Incorrect Health Care Ideas That Will Change The World

(…and will be happening sooner than you think) A brainstorming technique that I often suggest is “assume there are no obstacles so that you can push…

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Five Lessons From Fantasy Football

How To Build Teams That Will Put Points On The Board This is a big year for my youngest son and…

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Trump Aside, Why Higher Ed Needs Entrepreneurs

Three Reasons Entrepreneurs Can And Must Fix Our Colleges There has been plenty of news lately about Donald Trump, President Obama and…

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Why Future CEOs Must Quietly Embrace Social Media

Why CEOs Don’t Tweet—And Why They Should—May Surprise You I was on a business radio show this week. The topic was innovation, and I mentioned that I was finally doing some

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Why Improving The Customer Experience Matters: A Love Story

We said last time that the smartest companies are now working hard to manage their customers’ experiences with their products and services in order to…

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Why Improving The Customer Experience Matters: A Customer Loyalty Tale

Have you noticed how many ridiculously bad experiences we put up with as consumers? This article is about how some companies are turning that awfulness into opportunities to grow their

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The Four Questions Great Leaders Ask

“Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” —Voltaire Ever notice how great leaders ask the best questions? A masterful leader will sit Yoda-like in a meeting, listening intently to the

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Happiness Is A Choice

Three Simple Ways To Create More Happiness At Work, At Home And In Life Here’s the easiest quiz you’ll ever take: “April showers bring May flowers” was coined by: a)     A grumpy old

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Invention: The Entrepreneurial Curse

Raise your hand if you know of an entrepreneur who went out of business recently. Wow, that’s a lot of hands. I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with thousands of entrepreneurs

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Is Your Industry About To Get Napstered?—Radio Interview

In a radio interview with Michael Stein, Mike Maddock asks, “Is your industry about to get Napstered?” You can listen here: http://159.203.7.13/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/05-0-13-Mike-Maddock-Interview-Memphis-KWAM-AM990.mp3 …

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The “You” Makeover

Based on how quickly the world is changing and the contributions she has made already to the topic, this is a reinvention we should all welcome.

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Innovation For Dummies

Why Being Too Smart Isn’t Too Smart The infinitely quotable—and really smart—Albert Einstein once said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” So…

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Why Growth Is So Hard And What To Do About It

There is a simple question that when deeply considered, can change your business instantly. It is a question that enormous companies usually get wrong and small companies often get right. It is

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The Tax You Pay For A Bad Idea

If you work for a company that loves to tell the world—through its ads, marketing materials, email blasts and the like—how innovative it is, while all the while it’s losing

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Three Secrets To Reinventing Your Industry (Before Someone Else Does)

Pop quiz hot shot: What do NASA and Honey Boo Boo have in common? A lot, as it turns out.

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The Idea Monkey Takes Wall Street

How you think about the future will make Wall Street love you or hate you.

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Three (Incredibly Stupid) Mistakes I Made — And How You Can Avoid Them

So it’s in the spirit of contributing wisdom that I share three mistakes that I’ve made and unfortunately see other leaders making every day.

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Three (Incredibly Simple) Questions The Most Successful People Use To Change The World

I’ve heard it said that the most brilliant business ideas are often the simplest. From my experience, it’s true. Use this formula the next time you feel stuck—whether you are trying to change your industry, your company or your personal life—and I promise you it will work.

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Mr. President, You Are Correct. I Didn’t Build ‘That.’

Recently, our President used some unfortunate language to point out that entrepreneurs rely heavily on government-provided support to be successful. So here is a top-of-mind list of seven things my fellow entrepreneurs and I didn’t build.

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[Video] The Difference Between Inventors And Innovators

Check out Monkey Minute Video #1: The Difference Between Inventors and Innovators

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Why The Most Successful Leaders Find A Yin For Their Yang

So, who is the yin for your yang? If you can’t immediately answer this question, you have just found an amazing opportunity to become a better leader.

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Is Your Boss Too Conservative? How “What If” Turns Into “What’s Next”

Do you feel comfortable challenging convention? Are you a (Ring)leader who encourages and focuses on dreaming, or do you think it is your job to save the company from the crazy Idea Monkeys? Your answer will determine whether your company leads or follows.

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How Successful People Focus On What Matters

Three Simple Lists to Help Harness Idea Monkeys

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What To Do When Your Business Sucks Too Much

It turns out 80 percent of everything we do in business creates a sucking sound. More specifically, our current businesses are being sucked of time, energy, resources and profits 80 percent of the time.

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Do You Have A Declaration Of Innovation?

The Fourth of July is the perfect time to create your own Declaration of Innovation.

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Thank You, Sir. May I Have Another? How To Stop Abusing Your Staff (And Yourself)

Think this doesn’t apply to you? OK, those of you who haven’t felt abused by a demanding client or procurement department recently, please raise your hands. That’s what I thought.

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Empowering Intrapreneurship: How To Create Maximum Value Inside Your Company

Intrapreneurs often feel trapped inside a company. Here are some ways to make the most of your special talents for you and your business.

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Three Reasons Business Professors Deserve An “F”

Here’s the thing … getting advice from a professor who has never run a business is a lot like getting marriage advice from a priest. In both cases, the experts made a choice not to engage in the activity on which they are now advising. That just feels like a flawed strategy to me.

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You Know You’re An Entrepreneur When…

Three ways to confirm you have an entrepreneurial mindset and some tips to make your journey more fun and productive.

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I Fail, Therefore I Am (an innovator)

Columbus insisted the world was round and then promptly missed America on his first attempt. The Wright brothers claimed flying was possible and nearly killed themselves trying to prove it. And, of course, Albert Einstein, whose very name we use as a shorthand for “genius,” was a lousy student. Our point: Failure isn’t fatal; in fact, it is actually required for innovation success.

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Shift Happens

Insurance experts. Travel experts. Legal experts. Now health care experts. Change creates lucrative opportunities for innovators who are willing to listen to consumers.

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How Come We Don’t Do Anything With All Those Ideas?

So what stops people from bringing industry-changing ideas to market? After seeing this “I’ve-got-a-big-idea-that-I-am-really-not-going-to-do-anything-with” trend for many years, I believe people freeze because they secretly fear failure. Perhaps they believe there is more to innovation success than simply coming up with the big idea. Newsflash: They’re correct. So in an effort to better humanity, I offer you the simple formula that will consistently and systematically help you lead more industry-changing ideas to market. (Imagine the friends and fame you are about to attain. I’d uncork some champagne immediately.)

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Ten Reasons Your Next Launch Will Fail

To introduce your new products successfully, meet a need, aim for a broad audience, and research, research, research But talking about expertise, process and resolve is boring to everyone except engineers (and people who introduce new products successfully). So, with apologies to David Letterman, here’s my list of the top 10 reasons why your next new launch will fail.

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