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If innovation was human…

  • Posted by Cris Beswick
  • On 11/01/2021
If innovation was human, how would it feel? Would it be frustrated and angry at seeing its potential wasted? Would it be full of hope and joy at the positive changes it could deliver to people’s lives and livelihoods? Or would it be like the rest of us; working through a mix of emotions as […]
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What kind of VUCA leader are you?

  • Posted by Cris Beswick
  • On 08/12/2020
Don’t panic! From Corporal Jones’ immortal catchphrase in Dad’s Army to being written on the front of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, it’s funny how often that instruction ‘Don’t panic’ reoccurs in books and films. A simple phrase, yet one which is almost as meaningless as it is helpful. The same potential for panic […]
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Leadership development is broken – so, how do we fix it?

  • Posted by Cris Beswick
  • On 01/12/2020
Leadership development is broken! How does that statement make you feel? Do you see it as a personal attack and demand proof, or do you nod sadly and agree? And who do you blame; the system, leadership schools, your predecessors, your employer; or perhaps you accept some of the criticism yourself? Now whilst psychologists may […]
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Leading FOR Innovation; It’s a numbers game!

  • Posted by Cris Beswick
  • On 25/11/2020
Let me make you a promise; nowhere in this article am I going to ask you where you see your leadership style sitting on a scale of 1-10. Nor am I going to set out to tell you that what you are doing is wrong. After all, every organisation is different, and every organisation may […]
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Owning the Innovation Agenda

  • Posted by Cris Beswick
  • On 05/10/2020
When the going gets tough, where are you to be found? Or is that an unfair question? You might even see it as a knee-jerk reaction to current circumstances, born out of the twin challenges of COVID and the ever-looming end of the Brexit transition period. Indeed, we can all acknowledge that over the past […]
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Changing the organisational climate for innovation to thrive

  • Posted by Cris Beswick
  • On 24/08/2020
Hot summers, flash floods, intense storms; it’s hard to escape some of the more immediate impacts of climate change. But there are other impacts too, some of which scientists are yet to understand fully. Take the effects of climate change on permafrost, for example. Acting as a quasi-protective layer between the atmosphere and locked-in carbon […]
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Are you Aiming to Manage Change?

  • Posted by Cris Beswick
  • On 28/04/2020
Before the COVID-19 lockdown, less than 1% of health consultations took place over a video link. Now video/internet and phone consultations are seen as the primary method of contact in the first instance between doctors and patients. In the past few weeks, we’ve seen public buildings repurposed as field hospitals, and factories retooling to produce […]
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Are you Aiming for Innovation Leadership?

  • Posted by Cris Beswick
  • On 23/04/2020
Are you ready to lead an innovation-centric organisation? Now don’t tell me that you are in a position of leadership so you must be! That’s a bit like saying you got a certificate for twenty-five meters doggy paddle in school and are therefore ready to swim the channel. Leading for innovation isn’t merely a question […]
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Unleashing Leadership Curiosity

  • Posted by Cris Beswick
  • On 16/04/2020
How do you see your leadership role? Are you a numbers person or a detail devil, a blue-sky thinker, an enabler or a controller? Depending on your answer, we may need to have a quick leadership refresh. In the meantime, let’s have a quick chat about the sort of leader you need to be if […]
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Aiming for a Future-Fit Strategy

  • Posted by Cris Beswick
  • On 14/04/2020
“Not all innovations are created equal.” That comment from Jacquelyn Pless headlined an article outlining the MIT Sloan approach to innovation strategy. [1] As it describes three foundations for delivering an effective strategy, the report makes it clear that innovation is a process that requires management and measurement to be successful. The idea of successful […]
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