Landscape Analysis, Competitor Analysis, Benchmarking. Organizations of all types carry out these activities from time to time. Landscape Analysis is the broadest of these activities and can include both Competitor Analysis and Benchmarking. It may also include a Needs Assessment, Stakeholder Input, and Environmental Data Collection – often looking at PESTLE aspects of the … [Read more...] about Benchmark for Innovation
Virtual Brainstorming is Better
The pandemic taught us a lot about working virtually. Some things can actually be done better online – like Brainstorming. The opportunity to be fully anonymous with idea generation and evaluation is one of the things I like best about virtual brainstorming. It also helps to level the playing field between introverts and extroverts, as well as optimists and … [Read more...] about Virtual Brainstorming is Better
Key Abilities to Foster Change
As we have learned in mega-ways during the past eighteen months, today’s environment requires organizations to be prepared to change quickly to be as effective as possible. How can organizations prepare themselves to be ready to make sudden changes necessitated by outside factors? That is the topic of a recent article in Harvard Business Review by consultants from Bain … [Read more...] about Key Abilities to Foster Change
Give Me Some Slack!
Recently, I was teaching a group of nonprofit executives about Almost Impossible Goals and Innovation. One of them said “How am I supposed to get staff to spend time on this when they are already booked 100% on other things they are doing?” The answer, of course, is that you need to give people time away from their current projects to do this. And it is not a popular … [Read more...] about Give Me Some Slack!
“Not Too Bad” vs “Extraordinary”
Once upon a time I knew a guy who, everytime I would ask: “Hey, how are you doing?” He would answer: “Not too bad.” Just think about that. I’m sure he didn’t really mean that things were bad, but they weren’t SO BAD that he was going to be terribly upset about it. But then again . . . How many things in your organization are “okay, fine, not too … [Read more...] about “Not Too Bad” vs “Extraordinary”