Managing organizations in an intentional way will open avenues for innovation and connect our work with greater purpose.

In a report about The Business Case for Purpose, EY found that companies with a strong sense of purpose are able to transform and innovate better, yielding greater revenue growth compared to those who don’t. And Larry Fink in his annual letter to shareholders said, “Purpose is the engine of long-term profitability”. A big piece of this is because more employees are searching for jobs with meaning; connecting meaning with their work motivates them to creatively solve problems for their customers.

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About 15 years ago I was demonstrating my new telepresence solution to a global CEO who spent more than…


Did you know that Ford didn’t invent the first automobile? Nikolaus Otto from Germany built the first four-stroke gas engine and Karl Benz also from Germany integrated that engine in the first gas-powered car almost 30 years before Ford built the Model T.

Long before Edison was born an Italian inventor named Alessandro Volta generated the first lighted electrical current and Englishman Humphry Davy build the first electric lamp. 40 years before Edison sold his first commercial lightbulb, another Englishman, Warren de la Rue invented the first lightbulb.

The key distinction between these early inventors and those who commercialized the…


A lot of my clients work in industries that are not known for innovation: government, higher education, healthcare, non-profits. Innovation is something that big corporations with deep pockets (or college dropouts with lots of time living in their parent’s garage) do, right? This couldn’t be further from the truth; in fact, people in these staid yet complex industries are the ones innovating to solve the big, world-changing problems.

However, I have found it is harder to innovate in the industries full of regulation and formal boundaries (aka silos). These innovators have to be resilient because they are told, “to…


This 1-hour intensive webinar will explore how developing curiosity in the workplace will break down the “that’s not how we do it here!” barriers that keep teams from innovating. Participants will walk away with actionable advice and tools that they can apply immediately to ensure 2020 is a year of innovation.

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This week we explored how human-centered innovation is a team sport; the collective intelligence born from how your team works together has more power than any individual or idea to produce innovation and change in your organization. If you are passionate about making change happen but tired of being told that, “that’s not how we do things here,” read here to learn more about how to engage and lead a team to innovate.

As a team leader, you have the opportunity … or challenge … to implement a change in your organization. Consider the difference it would make if you…


True Leadership stems from building empathy for those you are entrusted to help.

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I see headlines every day about failed innovation efforts. 88% of Fortune 500 firms that were alive in 1955 are gone or diminished, having missed their chance to innovate. Only 8 out of 100 startups survive past 10 years

Did you know Macy’s came up with home shopping channel QVC in 1980? They thought their key value to their customers was their stores and since this was where they got all their revenue, they didn’t want to risk alienation. …


This week in the US we are celebrating Thanksgiving. While this holiday seems to have evolved into overeating and watching football, as the name suggests it has roots in giving thanks. You see the first Europeans arrived in America off the coast of what eventually became Massachusetts in December — brrr. Most of them stayed on-board their ship, the Mayflower, until the weather warmed in spring; by that point, they were starving and sick. When they finally ventured ashore they met the original inhabitants of America (today we refer to our country’s ancestors as Native Americans in the US and…


Managing organizations in an intentional way will open avenues for innovation and connect our work with greater purpose.

This week I have been immersing myself in how purpose fuels innovation. In a report about The Business Case for Purpose, EY found that companies with a strong sense of purpose are able to transform and innovate better, yielding greater revenue growth compared to those who don’t. Part of this is because more employees are searching for jobs with meaning; connecting meaning with their work motivates them to creatively solve problems for their customers.

Image by Ian Schneider on Unsplash

About 15 years ago I was demonstrating my new telepresence solution to Pepsi’s CEO, Steve Reinemund. We had created a virtual boardroom experience where the technology…


Today, organizations routinely ask their people for innovation, and then prevent it from happening. - Costa Michailidis, Co-Founder of Innovation Bound

You’ve gone through training or read about things like design thinking and lean startup. Now you’re ready to innovate with your team. But somehow the project doesn’t go as smoothly as the exercises and cases studies you read through. The people you need to collaborate with have to be convinced or the customers you need to talk to aren’t as readily accessible or you need to procure software to create a prototype and that will take a long time…


“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” doesn’t apply anymore. If it ain’t broke, its obsolete. — Bill Gates

Let’s face it, companies are comfortable investing in incremental innovation — fix what is broken, adopt new technology to make their operation more efficient, train their people to increase their productivity. Outputs are the goal for innovation efforts at these businesses, not the amazing outcomes that can be achieved by truly innovative teams. Outputs are typically measured by the number of new solutions and processes without a gauge for whether or how they made a difference. For these companies, a team…

Kristann Orton

Chief Innovation Accelerator at Inceodia, a boutique strategy consulting firm helping clients discover their unique sweet spot for innovation.

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