By: Vadim Kotelnikov

Founder, Ten3 Business e-Coach Inspiration and Innovation Unlimited!


"Every organization ... (and not only business)... have to be designed for a specific task, time, and place (or culture)." ~ Peter Drucker

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29 Obstacles To Innovation

Inspirational Leader: 10 Roles

10 Ways To Murder Creativity

  • Ask for a 200-page document to justify every new idea... More

The Jazz of Innovation

11 Practice Tips

The Jazz of Innovation

Create a guiding structure and encourage improvisation.

  • Provide strategic alignment.

  • Establish a creative chaos environment

  • Allow freedom to fail... More

5 Strategies for Creating a Culture for Innovation

  • Inspire: Provide an inspiring vision; lead innovation; emphasize opportunities, not problems; trust your people... More

Inspiring Culture: 5 Elements

Creating a Sustainable Culture of Innovation

An 8-Step Process

  • Fence the Garden: Identify your company’s biggest naysayers and serve them with an “aspiring innovators restraining order.”... More

5 Strategies for Creating a Culture of Questioning

Innovation Practice Tips


  • Build bridges from one department to another, from your company to your prospective customers, and ultimately from the present to the future... More

Innovation Is Love


Transform Your Business into an Innovative and Creative Culture

Strategic Innovation

7 Dimensions

  1. Organizational Readiness – the ability to take action ... More


Six Organizational Models that Support Innovation

  1. Innovation Project Team... More

Developing The Fast-Paced Flexible Culture

By: Michael Dell

  • Encourage people to take risk. Do your best to make sure that people aren't afraid of the possibility of failure, do a lot of experiments and learn from failures... More

How To Lead Creative People

By: Max DePree

  • Innovation is the lifeblood of an organization. Knowing how to lead and work with creative people requires knowledge and action that often goes against the typical organizational structure. Protect unusual people from bureaucracy and legalism typical of organizations... More

How To Break Down Barriers To Communication

  • Organize cross-functional teams for all sorts of projects. Make them as loose or as formal as you see fit but be sure that there is good mixing and that all of the departments contribute... More


Innovation the Key to Success and Survival

Leaders of successful, high-growth companies understand that innovation is what drives growth, and innovation is achieved by awesome people with a shared relentless growth attitude and shared passion for problem solving and for turning ideas into realities.


The Power of Passion

Companies that continuously innovate will create and re-invent new markets, products, services, and business models which leads to more growth. Innovation is founded on your enterprise's ability to recognize market opportunities, your internal capabilities to respond innovatively, and your knowledge base.

Yin-Yang of Value Innovation

So, the best thing to do to guarantee growth is to build a sustainable innovation organization around the following components:

  1. Vision and strategy for innovation

  2. Culture supporting innovation

  3. Processes, practices and systems supporting innovation

  4. Top management team leading innovation

  5. Cross-functional teams mapping innovation road

  6. Empowered employees driving innovation.

Inspirational Business Plan: Successful Innovation

Development Risk: "The things we fear most in organizations – fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances – are the primary sources of creativity." – Margaret Wheatley... More

How To Prevent Innovation (Humorous Tips)

  • Establish a "30-minute rule": for the first 30 minutes after an idea is expressed only negative comments can be made... More

9 Signs of a Losing Organization

Creating a Culture for Innovation

The question for leaders today isn’t if culture is important for success but how culture can drive successful innovation – and what, specifically, leaders can do to influence the kind of culture that leads to behavior that’s truly innovative... More

3 Strategies of Market Leaders

Market leaders win by building an adaptive, innovation-friendly organization and establishing an inspirational growth culture. The best companies  put a lot of efforts in developing great leaders and  establishing winning teams... More

The Secret Formula: Building Innovation Into Your Organization

Success depends on both what you do and how you do it. There are specific elements that help you and your company to be more innovative. But it's not a matter of simply following directions. The 'secret formula' is actually not very formulaic. It's  blend of culture, methodologies, infrastructure, and work practices.10

Cross-Functional Teams Leading Innovation

In the new era of systemic innovation, it is more important for an organization to be cross-functionally excellent than functionally excellent. Firms which are successful in realizing the full returns from their technologies and innovations are able to match their technological developments with complementary expertise in other areas of their business, such as manufacturing, distribution, human resources, marketing, and customer relationships. To lead these expertise development efforts, cross-functional teams, either formal or informal, need to be formed. These teams can also find new businesses in white spaces between existing business units.

In strategic innovation road-mapping, the starting point for knowledge building and learning about the innovation concept is to establish a shared view of trends, disruptive technologies and other discontinuities, and related events that could shape the future. Organize regular meetings of multi-disciplinary teams to discuss explicitly – and if required, redefine – innovation objectives, priorities, and specific projects... More

Humorous Biz Plan: How To Succeed In Innovation

Innovation Management Team: "Few great men would have got past personnel."  ~ Paul Goodman...

Market Analysis: "People buy more weight loss books/diets (tools) than all other books, yet people are fatter than ever. Why? Most diets do not address the psychological reasons (mindset) for eating. The same holds true for innovation." ~ Stephen Shapiro... More

16 Ways to Avoid the Hassle of Commercializing University Technology

By: Terry Collison

  • If you have a technology policy and a procedure, make sure nobody in the university community actually understands what it is. Complexity is good... More

Balanced Organization: 5 Basic Elements

Empowered Employees (Metal):

Yin-Yang of a Winning Organization

Innovation Management Policies for Large Corporations

By: Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft

 Best Practices  Google: 10 Golden Rules

Encourage Creativity. Google engineers can spend up to 20 percent of their time on a project of their choice. There is, of course, an approval process and some oversight, but basically we want to allow creative people to be creative. One of our not-so-secret weapons is our ideas mailing list: a companywide suggestion box where people can post ideas ranging from parking procedures to the next killer app. The software allows for everyone to comment on and rate ideas, permitting the best ideas to percolate to the top... More

Perfect Brainstorming: 10 Rules

Finding the Right Balance Between Bureaucracy and Chaos

To jazz up your ability to innovate, turn to jazz – the improvisation-driven model for innovation project management.

This model doesn’t discard structure, just as there is a clear structure to good jazz. Successful organizations balance bureaucratic processes at one extreme with the fluid creative chaos of relationships, interests and transactions, which enable it to be innovative and alive, at the other... More

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 Case in Point  British Petroleum...

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  1. Managing Challenges for the 21st Century, Peter Drucker

  2. Building the Awesome Organization, Jana Matthew

  3. Radical Innovation, Harvard Business School

  4. The Road Ahead, Bill Gates,

  5. In Search of Excellence, Tom Peters

  6. Guide to Management Ideas, Tim Hindle

  7. The 10-day MBA, Steven Silbiger

  8. Extreme Management, Mark Stevens

  9. Relentless Growth, Christopher Meyer

  10. The Art of Innovation, Tom Kelley

  11. Managing New Products, Thomas D. Kuczmarski

  12. Managing Complexity, Robin Wood

  13. The Leader's Guide To Lateral Thinking," Paul Sloane

  14. The Innovative Enterprise, Harvard Business Review

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