Holly's Blog

Are Dumb Rules Killing Innovation in Your Company?

Innovation is the process of coming up with new ideas and/or putting together existing ideas, products or services in new and different ways to achieve value. In order to do that, we sometimes have to first get rid of the obstacles that are getting in the way. One quick and simple method for eliminating barriers [...] Read more

Five Strategies for Managing Risk in Your Business

Is the U.S. losing its competitive edge?A recent article on wsj.com suggests we might be – at least when it comes to pushing the envelope in the business world. According to Risk-Averse Culture Infects U.S. Workers, Entrepreneurs, the level of risk-taking in our society is currently on the downswing. The article points to four long-running [...] Read more

The Six Drivers of Innovation and Change

I ran across an interesting article the other day – “The Driving Forces of Change” (http://www.innovationmanagement.se/2013/07/18/the-driving-forces-of-change/). It discusses six major forces driving innovation and change in today’s world: 1. Commoditization. The constant pressure to drive prices and margins lower. 2. Digital revolution. New technologies level the playing field by giving small companies the same computational [...] Read more

Zombie Management: 5 Tips to Keep Your Team from Going Brain Dead

Have you seen the latest Zombie apocalypse movie, World War Z? Sure, it’s way over the top (what Zombie movie isn’t?). But it’s a lot of fun, as long as you don’t expect too much. And I came away intrigued with one of the concepts in the movie. The main character, Gerry (played by Brad [...] Read more

Talking to Your Car Can Kill You!

If you follow my blog, or perhaps have checked out my new book Using Your Brain To Win, you know I’m not a believer in multi-tasking. And the evidence continues to grow that it is not only unproductive, but in some cases downright dangerous. Did you eat breakfast in your car on the way to [...] Read more

Three Innovation Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

When was the last time your company came out with something really new? How long has it been since you totally reinvented a critical business process that resulted in significant cost savings or productivity increases? If you can’t remember (or you can remember but it’s been so long you don’t want to admit it) you [...] Read more

Five Steps to More Engaged Employees

According to Gallup’s State of the American Workplace: 2010-2012 report, employee engagement levels remain stagnant in the U.S, with only 30% of American workers saying they feel “engaged, involved in, enthusiastic about, or committed to their workplace.” Which means that seven out of every 10 employees are just going through the motions. That’s no way [...] Read more

Open Up and Say AHHHHHH: Time for a Midyear Check Up

Summer’s here and we’re almost at the midpoint of the calendar year. Which means the #1 question on every business leader’s mind should be: how are we doing on our journey to winning? To find out, it’s time – once again – to check in with the strategic plan to see where things stand. I [...] Read more

Big-Time Change Ahead for College Campuses

Last week I wrote about how disruptive innovation from mobile technologies is turning the banking industry upside down. Now it’s higher education’s turn. As a parent footing the bill for a college student, I say it’s about time! An article in the Wall Street Journal reports that since 1990, the cost of attending college has [...] Read more

Your Phone is Now Your Bank: Are You Ready for Disruptive Innovation?

Does your bank fit inside your cell phone? If not, it soon will. And if today’s banks don’t come to terms with this fact very soon (as in starting yesterday), they may no longer exist in 10 or even five years. How’s that for disruptive innovation? I just finished reading Bank 3.0 –Why Banking Is [...] Read more