ISPI Performance Digest
Aug. 6, 2013

Slow ideas: How do you speed innovation?
Annals of Medicine via The New Yorker
In our era of electronic communications, we've come to expect that important innovations will spread quickly. Plenty do: think of in-vitro fertilization, genomics, and communications technologies themselves. But there's an equally long list of vital innovations that have failed to catch on. The puzzle is why.More

This will be the No. 1 business skill of the next 5 years
Shane Snow/LinkedIn
Every few minutes, a new buzzword rips through the business world, skids, gets a few quick books written on it and ends up in a pile of tired terms next to "synergy." Today, one of the biggest corporate buzzwords is "storytelling." Marketers are obsessed with storytelling, and conference panels on the subject lately have fewer empty seats than a Bieber concert. Funny thing is, storytelling has been the buzzword off and on since advertising became a thing.More

Practical process: Why is it so?
So you've created your As Is models. You've spoken to the stakeholders, drawn the diagrams, collected the data, documented the problems and discovered some opportunities. You know how things are done now and have a good understanding of all the problems with the current processes. You know everything you need to get on with improving the processes, to create the To Be and establish a new and better As Is. Or do you?More

Innovate faster with the 2-pizza rule
Harvard Business Review
One of the most common complaints senior executives have about disruptive innovation is its seemingly snail-like pace. How is it, they wonder, that it takes us forever to pursue ideas that promise to create new markets when the world seems to be innovating at a dizzying pace? This frustration is compounded by the fact that the usual levers senior executives use to get things to go faster — creating tight deadlines, flooding the project with resources, checking in more frequently — don't seem to work, and in many cases cause teams working on disruptive ideas to actually go slower.More

Designing culture: New ways to think about work
Cooper Journal
During the most recent "Cooper Parlor" event, participants explored ways to invest in relational chemistry, encourage personal leadership, onboard new team members and gain alignment around vision. What are companies doing to address these issues?More

Setting sustainability goals 'improves bottom line'
Environmental Leader
Firms that set tangible, public sustainability goals improve their financial and environmental performance, according to a white paper by CH2M Hill. "Sustainability Goals that Make an Impact" says as companies work to meet their goals, they cut energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption and waste — all of which result in cost savings and boost the bottom line and can result in increased employee satisfaction and productivity.More