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Photo Credit: Thomas Hawk via Compfight cc


What does your team experience most as it innovates?


Step 1: “Here’s an IDEA…” moves to

Step 2: “This is IMPORTANT…” becomes

Step 3: “It’s TIME SENSITIVE…” which slides to

Step 4: “It’s CRITICAL…” that now is

Step 5: “URGENT – ” that can quickly collapse to

Step 6: “FRANTIC,” which is one step away from

Step 7: “PANIC!”


Without focus and inspired leadership, new ideas signal another cycle of stress to those who have to deliver. (And we all have to deliver.) Slowly, “innovation” – an organization’s lifeblood – becomes a dirty word.


What type of culture and leadership has to exist for innovation to remain an inspiring and engaging – and results producing – initiative?


Unless this and similar questions are discussed as a team…innovation becomes synonymous with keep-your-mouth-shut.



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