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Innovation ROI: Stop The Lie

Innovation, like parenting, is a scary journey. But also like parenting, it would be a scarier world without it.

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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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6 Questions To Consider When Drafting A ‘To-Don’t’ List

It’s time to put a “to-don’t” list on an equal footing with your “to-do” list, creating the time and mind space necessary for cultivating innovation.

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Starkey Innovations Expo Focuses On Technology, Marketing And Purpose

Mike Maddock recently shared the stage at the Starkey Hearing Innovation Expo with stars who have helped make the TV show Shark Tank such a success.

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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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[Webinar Replay] Innovation Portfolio Management

Newsflash: Nonsexy is the new sexy when it comes to innovation decision-making.

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[Webinar Replay] When Tortoises Fly

In this webinar replay, Mike Maddock talks about the topic of speed and innovation. Find out what the most successful large companies have learned about innovating at a pace that ensures success.

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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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[Podcast] “Get Down To Business With Shalom Klein” — Interview With Mike Maddock

In his interview with Shalom Klein, Mike Maddock talks about innovation and his purpose to inspire and empower curiosity. Mike begins by telling us about his journey as a business owner and an entrepreneur.

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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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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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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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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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Here’s One Power Shift That Should Change The Way You Sell

As seen on LifeHealthPro Napster moments reinvent a consumer experience completely, usually by an outsider. Even though Napster was not around to enjoy the moment, by inventing file sharing…

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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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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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[Webinar Replay] A Practical Guide To Experience Design—Part One

Imagine: A world where your company can easily develop and launch all of your 2015 initiatives.

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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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Five Wishes Every CEO Wants For The New Year

How The Best Make These Wishes Come True

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Resolution For 2015: Drop More F-Bombs

The best innovators in the world have a different kind of relationship with failure.

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Secret #9: Be Attractive. Don’t Be Unattractive.

This is the ninth 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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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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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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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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Secret #4. Don’t Dream Big. Design Big.

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

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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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Fear In Life Insurance: Right, Wrong Or Innovation Opportunity?

An innovation opportunity lies with whoever explores this and, more important, tries something new.

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12 Secrets To Attracting Investors To Your Startup

This is the first 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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The Secret Weapon Of The Most Inventive Minds

A Critical Lesson From The Most Successful Entrepreneurs

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Maddock Douglas Client LearnVest Featured On Forbes Cover

Maddock Douglas client LearnVest was featured on the front cover of Forbes. The financial services disrupter continues to forge new roads for the…

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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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Babies And Bathwater: Innovating Around The Nature Of Insurance

As seen on LifeHealthPro.com Innovation Insights If people understood the nature of insurance, how would that impact behavior? When I stop and think about where the life insurance industry is spending energy,

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[Webinar Replay] Creating “Eureka!”—Five Ways To Leverage Outside Experts To Create Disruptive Innovation

In an effort to create sustainable innovation practices, many companies rely heavily on rigorous processes to help their best thinkers create, evaluate and launch new

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Does The Need For Certainty Kill Innovation?

As the saying goes, there are only two things that are certain: death and taxes. For the last decade, we weren’t quite so…

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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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[Webinar Replay] How To Innovate When The Pressure Is On

Is your company or industry facing a critical inflection point? Do you find it challenging to lead your team and company through major market changes and disruptions? If so,

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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[Video] Jar Talk No. 3: Financial Advisor Vs. The Prosumer

A prosumer is what happens when the new consumer becomes an expert. See how it impacts today’s financial advisor. Let’s help them get their groove back, shall we? Based on

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[Video] Jar Talk No. 2: Back Office Person Vs. The Big Producer

Do independent financial services entrepreneurs do better when they find a yin for their yang? We call him an Idea Monkey, and her a (Ring)leader. See how they do as

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[Video] Jar Talk No. 1: BGA Vs. The Big Producer

Is independent distribution suffering from the impacts of a shrinking and aging producer base and commoditization? Here is a dialogue that may be either ridiculous or somewhat familiar. You decide.

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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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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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Does The Need For Certainty Kill Innovation?

As the saying goes, there are only two things that are certain: death and taxes. For the last decade, we weren’t quite so sure about the second one. Read the rest

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[Video] The Reverse Lottery

If insurance were to be invented today, as though it never existed before, what might it look like? Here is the viewpoint of a crazy lady on a bench. …

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If You Have To Fail — And You Do — Fail Forward

How the most successful people have made failing into an art form.

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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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Are You An Idea Monkey Or A (Ring)leader?

Knowing which one you are is a game-changer in work, in life, and especially when it comes to innovation. That’s what this website is all about! But, it’s not always obvious where our strengths lie. So, we created this quiz to help uncover your hidden strengths.

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Life Insurance Language: Is It Creating Irrelevance?

Many have suggested that the solution is to simplify the product or make it easier and less painful to buy. And of course these things would help. However there is an area of “white space,” an opportunity that nobody yet owns, that could potentially help even more. That opportunity is language.

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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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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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Who Should Fix The Financial Services Industry?

While Obama and this administration are going to fairly extreme measures to intervene in the financial services and health insurance industries, the public may have a different view as to their ability to fix the situation.

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Hedging Your Innovation Risks Through Proper Budget Asset Allocation

In the world of finance, asset allocation is a commonly used technique to determine where to put an individual’s money to get optimum returns.

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