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October 15, 2020

In Testing Times, Test Everything!

"We had little hope of understanding the impact. We didn't know how things would have gone if we'd done nothing." - Jonathan Hancock

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September 5, 2019

Fresh Ideas for a New Season – Your Top Tips!

As United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin put it, “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.”

December 4, 2017

Will Your Holidays be Christmas Chaos or Christmas Calm?

"’Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…" – from The Night Before Christmas, or A Visit From St. Nicholas So goes the much-loved poem that will be read to countless excited children all round the world this Christmas Eve. If only reality matched the […]

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October 3, 2016

Box Clever: A Strategy for Innovation

The Three Box Solution, brainchild of professor and best-selling author Vijay Govindarajan, is as simple as its name. There's a box each for the present, the past, and the future. The "solution" refers to the question at the heart of all innovation strategy: how do you create your future while managing the present? "If a company […]

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May 3, 2016

#MTtalk: Preparing for the Unexpected

Life is unpredictable. During the past 10 years we've witnessed major banking institutions close down. We've seen terror attacks we never imagined would happen. Hackers have broken into the databases of big companies. While we can't prevent such things from happening, we don't want to be left thinking, "If only we'd been more prepared" when […]


February 23, 2015

A Scorecard for Growth

Balancing the macro and the micro is an everyday challenge for leaders. It's certainly your job to keep your eye on the big picture. What's going on in your markets? How are your competitors addressing customer needs? And closer to home, how does your balance sheet look? At the same time, you need to make […]

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July 28, 2014

Set Your Idea up for Success

It’s a sobering thought that, according to Scott D. Anthony, less than one percent of ideas launched by big companies have any real impact. Anthony recently talked to Mind Tools about his new book, The First Mile, in which he shares lessons from his many years of experience as an innovation adviser and investor. In it, he offers […]

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