Category Archives: Behavior

Ideas in Limbo: How to Get Ideas to a State of Decision

It is easy to make a decision on ideas you are passionate about.  But what about ideas which seem interesting, but which you don’t know what to do with?  At PwC, we’ve discovered that there is this area of limbo … Continue reading

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It’s A Whole Lot Easier To Take Risk When You Have Nothing To Lose!

I was at a meeting last week of large enterprise innovation leaders. We meet a few times a year and discuss the issues we face in trying to accelerate innovation at our respective companies. What always amazes me is that whether you make rocket ships, toothpaste, drugs or even provide professional services, the core issues of innovation remain the same. We all face similar issues around adoption of new innovations, getting management to understand the nature of breakthrough innovations, dealing with the resistance of existing business units to new ideas. During this meeting one of the members made an interesting presentation about the history of a new innovation they were introducing into the market. Continue reading

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Organizational Hierarchy – Breaking Down the Barriers

Some experiences happen in our careers which forever burn in memory. For me, I will never forget the first time I was given the opportunity to present to a Vice President. Early in my career, I came up with an idea to save hundreds of thousands of dollars by revising our existing processes, and my manager asked me to present the idea. To be given this opportunity and for my idea to be heard left quite the impression on me as a young employee. I never forgot the sense of empowerment it gave me – I felt valued. Continue reading

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Keeping an "Eye" on Innovation

Innovation is not necessarily limited to new technologies or new products. Today, companies are touted as innovative for reinventing business models, building entirely new markets, or looking through a different lens to creatively meet customer needs. Employees are an important … Continue reading

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Tainted Love

It’s clearly Pollyannaish to believe that standard business practices can or will change so radically for most companies, at least in the short-term. However, there does seem to be evidence that the innovation of bringing clarity, transparency and good faith to dealings with customers is a sound business strategy and not just the latest marketing gimmick. Continue reading

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PwC iPlace – Recognition is Something Special

There is a phrase I once heard – “being part of something special makes you special”- and our approach to recognition celebrates just that, being special.  Innovation at PwC requires the unique talents of our people.  By recognizing how special … Continue reading

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Spotting the Gorilla in the Room

While attending a company training seminar a couple of years ago, I was part of a group shown a video. The video showed six people – three in white shirts and three in black shirts-passing basketballs around. We were asked … Continue reading

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Innovate, Or Go Home

How much new value did you provide your organization today? Did you suggest creative ways to go about a common task that resulted in better outcomes? Are your work behaviors keeping you relevant? If these questions are not top of mind for you yet, they will be. Your future gainful employment may depend on being able to answer them with resounding positivity. Intrigued? Read on. Continue reading

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