Unpacking Barriers to Growth: The One-Size-Fits-All Trap

The books have already been printed, the HBR article is in queue and the launch programs have been carefully orchestrated.  Soon you’ll hear the authors on the most popular podcasts and see blurbs in both Inc. and Forbes Magazine. Then we’ll all be off and running. This river of new business tools and techniques takes […]

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It Takes More Than Wishing to Become a Growth Leader

I was on the phone recently with a colleague who leads a significant development organization in a Fortune 100 firm. She was lamenting the need for more people to take the lead on helping to craft more insightful and on-target services. It’s something I hear from many of my client firms, and when we go […]

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The Crucial Role of HR in Enabling Growth

I’ve had the chance to do a lot of work with HR leaders and their firms recently in strategic implementation.  One of the most frequently asked questions is this: what is our role in helping to drive new growth in the firm?   Implied in the question is the idea that they are passengers on […]

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How to Make Your Ideas Float

The speeches were done, we enjoyed cake and coffee and finished passing out the checks.  The hardware was on the table (a CEO award).  But more importantly, we had sliced almost half of the time it took us to do custom product development, which was pushing up customer satisfaction and would lock us into designs […]

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Your Incubator is Broken…But it’s Not Your Intrepreneur’s Fault

Getting organic growth projects done in medium and large firms is hard work.  It’s even harder when you’re doing it in addition to your “day job.” These projects are often accomplished  by setting up an internal incubator.  This space is typically well removed from the main “cube farm,” which allows the product team member/ innovator […]

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