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Don't feed the HiPPO.

Don’t Feed the HiPPO

It seems harmless enough. They seem so nice, and they’re so hungry. That’s why it’s so tempting. That’s also why there are signs to stop us. Because if

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Former President Bill Clinton delivers a eulogy during the memorial service for boxing legend Muhammad Ali at the KFC Yum Center on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo credit MICHAEL B. THOMAS/AFP/Getty Images)

How To Persuade Like Bill Clinton

A speaking lesson for leaders at large and small companies

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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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[Webinar Replay] The Fish Stinks From The Head Down

In this webinar replay, John Coyle, Senior Vice President — Culture of Innovation, identifies the key mindsets and skills of innovative leaders and how to hire, develop and fire to ensure your leadership team is actively creating a culture of innovation.

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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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[Press Release] Eminent Business Systems Builder Greg Banks Joins Innovation Firm Maddock Douglas As President And COO

Banks joins innovation firm to “help companies systematically and repeatedly leverage…

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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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[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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Five Wishes Every CEO Wants For The New Year

How The Best Make These Wishes Come True

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Secret #10: Mind Your Wings, Not Your Runway.

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

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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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[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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[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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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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Are We Responsible Revolutionaries?

On this July Fourth, we celebrate and find inspiration in the revolutionary legacy of 1776. Like most patterns of revolution, after periods of oppression by out-of-touch power structures, a constructive curiosity about what “can be” eventually overcomes a group of people.

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Maddock Douglas Speaks At The WiRL Leadership Summit

Maddock Douglas Speaks at the Women in Real Life (WiRL) Leadership Summit in service of better innovation outcomes. Many companies today are struggling with results when it comes to leading the critical

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[Webinar Replay] The Innovation Situation

In this webinar replay, Maddock Douglas’ president and partner, Raphael Louis Vitón, shares a challenging point of view on the context of innovation, the courageous obligation of

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Question No. 1 For Leaders Of Innovation

“Why should I follow you?” When you introduce your vision to have your company be even more innovative, you may think your employees will ask about cost, potential audience, probable success

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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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[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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Innovation Isn’t Porn, It’s A Relationship

Powerful relationships take commitment and the right kind of effort. When innovation is compared to anything, it illustrates the fundamental difficulty we have in the representation of abstract concepts. InformationWeek columnist Coverlet

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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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Two Concrete Steps Toward Mastering Innovation Management

When we engage with a client on an innovation project, typically there is a round of stakeholder interviews. Often, key people in the organization will tell us about the time

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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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Doug Stone Elevated To Senior Leadership Position

Chicago, May 1, 2013—Innovation agency Maddock Douglas, an internationally recognized firm that helps leading corporations develop new products, services and business models, has named Doug

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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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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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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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Why Nuns Can’t Innovate…And Maybe You Can’t Either

How good intentions and expertise keep innovation from happening.

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The One Talent That Makes Good Leaders Great

Great leaders not only have this talent, but watch closely and you'll see them use it in every area of their lives.

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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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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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Embrace The Hate To Innovate

Haters will point you to new products, services and business models that your loyal and expert customers would never consider.

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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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A Leader’s Worst Addiction

Our story begins in a nondescript room filled with tired-looking executives. Their chairs face each other in a circle. One by one, each person stands up and faces the group.

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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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You Deserve The Team You Get

Whether you are a happy or unhappy worker, a good or bad manager, an enlightened or naïve leader, you deserve the team you get. Said differently, we all play a role in what our teams and companies become.

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Three Types Of People To Hire Today

Our interest is purely centered on working with teams that know how to support one another as they go about creating and launching industry-changing ideas. To achieve this kind of success, hire the following three types of people:

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Three Types Of People To Fire Immediately

Show of hands: How many of you out there in Innovationland have gotten the “what took you so long?” question from your staff when you finally said goodbye to a teammate who was seemingly always part of problems instead of solutions?

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Account For It

A committed (Ring)leader implicitly asks the same question in every meeting: “How does this help us get to our vision?” That’s what happens after you make a sincere declaration—if you are serious.

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Innovation That’s ‘Born To Run’

Three lessons that business leaders and innovators can learn from Bruce Springsteen’s music In brainstorming sessions, we often use a technique called “WW_D?” It’s our variation on the popular saying: “What would

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Major League Innovation

We are often asked about ways to innovate beyond the traditional business setting. In honor of the All-Star Game, here is our suggestion to the owners of professional Major League Baseball teams: Sports teams run on

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