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So far Maggie Kolkena has created 11 blog entries.

Do Your Leaders Manage a Portfolio of Innovation?

Any organization needs to innovate.  Every organization ought to have a portfolio of efforts–from improving today’s execution to developing seeds for the future.  Can your leaders work across all three horizons?Improving execution will only get you so far. To generate meaningful organic growth leaders need to operate across all three horizons.Watch this brief video Susan [...]

Do Your Leaders Manage a Portfolio of Innovation?2017-10-25T11:41:47-07:00

The Strength of Weak Ties

A consulting colleague recently described some research she did with a client: she helped key executives sort and analyze 3 months of calendar and email transactions. In most cases, executives maintained very insular networks--that is, they spent most of their time with and communicating with a very, very small set of people. Is this good? [...]

The Strength of Weak Ties2017-04-17T12:20:51-07:00

Why You Need 3 Types of Networks

My dear friend, Janet, was reassuring me the other day that we’re unlikely to get Alzheimer’s disease because we’re very social.  We love our friends & family and strive to spend time with them.  Multiple studies have found: Having close friends and staying in contact with family members offers a protective effect against the damaging [...]

Why You Need 3 Types of Networks2017-04-17T12:20:52-07:00

Ignorance Drives Discovery

Many years ago my thesis advisor gently corrected my assertion that "The research proves that.....". In fact, most research suggests that something is so. It's very difficult to PROVE anything is so. Witness how theories fall over time as new ones take their place. What we know as a civilization is simply our best thinking [...]

Ignorance Drives Discovery2017-04-17T12:20:52-07:00

Conquering Innovation Fatigue

Some years ago I offered coaching to organization innovators.  It's exhausting fighting the inertia of the status quo and professional innovators need support.  I'm not the only one who noticed.  There's a new book titled, Conquering Innovation Fatigue: Overcoming the Barriers to Personal and Corporate Success.  The authors note that innovators are similar to immigrants [...]

Conquering Innovation Fatigue2017-04-17T12:20:52-07:00