Tag Archive: Innovation

May 02

The How of Disruption in Higher Education

I have not written about innovation or disruption in higher education, on Creating the Future, for a while, although I do write about it on my branch campus blog.  This post will be published on both.  (The blog addresses are www.branchcampus.blogspot.com and www.drcharlesbird.com/creatingthefuture.) I’m intrigued by the rapid progress of MOOCs (massive open online courses) …

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Jul 19

The Peter Principle and Getting Stuck at One’s “Level of Incompetence”

In my last post, I wrote about “derailers.”  These are personal qualities or types of behavior that seriously curtail a person’s performance or opportunities for advancement.  They represent a fatal flaw that can be destructive to an individual’s career or to the organization for which he or she works. Years ago, Laurence J. Peter proposed …

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Jun 07

The Value of Independence for Innovation Teams

A friend of mine carries a deep commitment to her institution and to creative change.  Unfortunately, her institution lacks the resources to set up a separate entity to pursue innovation—or at least that is the perception.  She asked me whether not setting up an independent entrepreneurial shop can be overcome, and her question triggered something …

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May 31

Taking Time to Identify Important Trends

One final post on getting past urgency, to focus on what is important:  If you are in a leadership role, there are at least two things you should do, if you want to stay aware of unfolding change.  First, you need to scan the environment, every day.  Try reading several electronic newsletters, but specifically with …

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May 24

Releasing the Power of Innovation

As emphasized in my last few posts, losing time to whatever seems most urgent at the moment often frustrates leaders’ ability to pursue innovative or creative opportunities.  For this reason, established organizations typically find it necessary to create an independent unit to design, develop and launch new products that are not a direct extension of …

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May 10

Urgent is the Enemy of Important: Part Three

My last two posts were on the theme of “urgent is the enemy of important.”  I’ve used the phrase for a long time, but it isn’t original with me.  Google the phrase and you will find quite a few people making the point.  When I did so, the first item that came up on the …

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May 03

Urgent is the Enemy of Important: Part Two

It is much easier for me to see clearly now, when I am not responsible for whatever crisis-of-the-moment, comes down the pike.  It doesn’t follow that anyone else should care about what I see “clearly,” but I’ve been around awhile, so take it for what it’s worth. I meet and talk to so many bright, …

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Apr 25

Urgent is the Enemy of Important

Remember this well:  Urgent is the enemy of important. Nearly everyone in a leadership role recognizes the need for innovation.  We live in a time when great leadership is even more important than usual, but if one is going to lead effectively, he or she needs to appreciate the difference between “important” and “urgent.” I …

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Mar 01

Tacit Knowledge and the Development of Strengths

I was fortunate to be in graduate school, back in the mid-1970s.  Cognitive psychology was beginning to take the stage, but we also were well schooled in traditional learning theory and behavioral psychology.  I believe it contributed to my generalist approach to psychology, but it also meant that there were remarkable new ideas emerging to …

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Jan 26

Multiple Topics: Encore Career Workshop, Seminary Enrollment, and Insane Workloads

Encore Careers I am pleased to announce that I will be co-presenting a workshop, Next Destination: Encore Career, at Otterbein University, March 1, 2, and 3.  Otterbein is located in Columbus, Ohio, and the landing page for the program may be found at http://www.otterbein.edu/public/FutureStudents/AdultAndTransfer/encore-workshop.aspx. My co-presenter is Dr. Susan Fagan, Associate Vice President and Dean …

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