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Sample Innovation Curriculum: Six Programs To Develop Your Leaders And Move Your Culture (And How We Can Help)

Maddock Douglas offers six development programs or workshops to help you increase the innovation capacity of your leadership teams and, in doing so, begin the shift to a culture of innovation.

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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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The Top Five Ways To Avoid Expert Failure

Gladwell says the disease of the idiot is incompetence. The disease of the expert is overconfidence.

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Innovation Leadership Kryptonite — How To Know When To Fire Anti-Innovative Leaders

Building An Innovation Team? Who To Fire: The Five Personas Of Anti-Innovative Leaders

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How To Develop The Innovation Leadership Capacity Of Your High-Potential (HiPo) Leaders

Three Essential Steps To Ensure Your Future Leaders Deliver Innovation 1. Integrate training on innovation mindsets, processes and skillsets into your leadership development curriculum Questions to consider: Is innovation important to your company’s

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How Do I Hire Innovation Talent? What Are The Telltale Experiences, Skills And Signs Of Innovation Leaders?

So you know you need to build a more innovative team — maybe you have just let someone go who just was incapable of change and thinking “outside the box,” or maybe you are lucky enough to have been granted additional headcount. Here are five guidelines to ensure success in hiring your next innovation leader.

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What Are The Characteristics, Skills, Mindsets And Tools Of High-Potential (HiPo) Innovation Leaders?

Developing HiPo talent is a never-ending job. It's about finding and teaching frameworks that can create dialog, trust and creative space where others can safely “play” with them. For the HiPos of tomorrow, Innovation Leadership Development is the essential key.

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Why Are Innovation Skills Essential For High-Potential Leaders Of The Future?

Finding and developing the high-potential leaders of the future for most companies is a high priority. According to the 2014 UNC Leadership Study, 85 percent of global senior leaders agree: “There is an urgent need to accelerate the development of their leaders.”

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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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[Webinar Replay] How The Best Leaders Manage The Brilliant Naysayer

Join Maddock Douglas' Mike Maddock as he shares five simple practices to manage—not fall victim to—this type of person.

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The Echo Of Disruption

The life and health insurance industry can learn from the sound of disruption, hopefully before too much regret sets in.

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Why Sean Hannity Can’t Innovate

…and Rachel Maddow is in the same boat

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Secret #8: Resist The Curse Of Comfort

This is the eighth in the 12-part series, "12 Secrets To Attracting Investors To Your Startup"

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Secret #7: Sell A Lot (of a little)

This is the seventh in the 12-part series, "12 Secrets To Attracting Investors To Your Startup"

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Secret #6: Kinetic Startups Have More Potential

(This is the sixth in the 12-part series, "12 Secrets To Attracting Investors To Your Startup")

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[Webinar Replay] Why Diversity And Inclusion Are Essential To Innovation

Have you sponsored or participated in a diversity and inclusion program in the past? Did you find, perhaps, that something fell flat? Offered with the best of intentions, these

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Secret #5: Mad Scientists Need Not Apply

This is the fifth in the 12-part series, "12 Secrets To Attracting Investors To Your Startup"

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[Webinar Replay] Winning The Transition: 10 Ways Leaders Deliver Better Innovation Outcomes — Part 2 (A)

  In this webinar replay, Maddock Douglas president and partner Raphael Louis Vitón continues to dive deeper into The Innovation Situation, sharing 10 ways to win the irreversible cultural transition that

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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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Secret #3: Is Your Kung Fu Strong?

This is the third in the 12-part series, “12 Secrets To Attracting Investors To Your Startup”

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Five Ways To Get Closer To Your Most Valuable Fans (Consumers)

As seen on Wired.com Look at Them With New Eyes and You’ll Find the New Business Opportunities “I wish we were able to get closer to our consumers and

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Secret #2: Don’t Fall In Love With Your Idea

This is the second in the 12-part series, “12 Secrets To Attracting Investors To Your Startup”

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[Webinar Replay] Hire? Or Fire? For Innovation Success?

In this webinar replay, join John Coyle, SVP of Innovation Leadership Development at Maddock Douglas, as he shares war stories of hiring, firing and developing innovation

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[Webinar Replay] Winning The Transition: 10 Ways Leaders Deliver Better Innovation Outcomes — Part One (B)

In this webinar replay, Maddock Douglas president and partner Raphael Louis Vitón dives deeper into the Innovation Situation, sharing ways to win the irreversible cultural transition that most leaders are challenged with today.

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[Webinar Replay] Winning The Transition: 10 Ways Leaders Deliver Better Innovation Outcomes — Part One (A)

In this webinar series, Maddock Douglas president and partner Raphael Louis Vitón dives deeper into The Innovation Situation, sharing 10 ways to win the irreversible cultural

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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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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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[Webinar Replay] How Innovation Became A Four-Letter Word And What To Do About It

  Is your company committed to innovation, or has it become a word you can’t say in mixed company?  Many companies have recognized the importance of innovation for their future growth

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Why Innovation Fails: The Past Vs. Future Problem

Having worked with business leaders for years in the pursuit of innovation, I have come to realize that there is a fundamental reason for failure. Companies have two modes of

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[Video] Jar Talk No. 4: Marketing Vs. Legal

Does your organization fail to capture innovation white space opportunities because they are playing the “blame game”? We call that “dark space.” Can you relate? …

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IT Blame: The Innovation Copout

Ok, cut it out. I know you are doing it. See … wait, you just did it again. You did it yesterday. You did it today. You’ve been doing it

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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 Three Superhero Powers Of Great Innovators — And How You Can Use Them

After more than two decades of working alongside some of the world’s best innovators—people at companies large and small who have not only reshaped their organizations but their industries—I got to thinking about what they have in common. So with a respectful nod to Stan Lee, I submit a short list of superhero powers every innovator should have.

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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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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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The Dangerous Idea People

Yes, we know, few people understand your brilliance. But what you need to understand is that even as you read this, your name is probably being added to a file full of people who may be causing more trouble than they are worth.

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An Army Of One

Where there is innovation, there is a warrior; there is an army of one. There has to be, because without such a person nothing meaningful gets done.

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Insurance Industry Innovation—Ideas As A Capital Asset

While innovation and insurance are words not often seen in the same sentence, the tide is changing.

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