Sustainability: lost in translation?

by Freya Williams via guardian.co.uk,

Articulating concepts of sustainability is one of the most fascinating and worthwhile challenges of our era, says Freya WilliamsI’m going to play back to you a conversation I’ve been in more than a handful of times, and in which I’d be willing to bet that manyof you have found yourselves at least once.”We need to talk about sustainability, but without using the actual word ‘sustainability’,” someone says.”Oh yeah, I hate that word,” someone else chimes in. “Our employees/customers/consumers/I have no idea what it means.””Er, so what can we say?” asks somebody else.
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How to Create an Innovation Mission Statement

 By Harun Asad via Innovation Management

Often individuals and organizations tend to get stuck in the mode of talking about innovation and/or trying to understand innovation. The only way to really know innovation is to do innovation, and learn from your mistakes along the way. In this article Harun Asad suggests preparing an Innovation Mission Statement as an initial, action-oriented way to get out of the rhetoric trap.

So why Create an Innovation Mission Statement? Before we get to the ‘how’, let me briefly discuss the ‘why’.

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The most important variable in Innovation is PASSION

by JOSE BALDAIA

The Optimistic, the Pessimistic and the Realistic

The passion can be expressed differently by different people, but it is always one of the main sources of energy.

The passion is not incompatible with a dose of discipline. Passion and innovation are contagious and must be experienced by everyone, not being advised the separation.

 

“To management the important thing is to maintain a balance in leadership team, between lovers, idealists, visionaries, those who are capable of firing the team with enthusiasm, creative, and sometimes so realistically passionate and pragmatic, that will ensure that projects are well executed and have success in the marketplace.”- Jean-Philippe Deschamps.

In an organizational universe, whatever its size, there are always three perspectives: that of pessimistic, of optimistic and of realistic. It is important to flatten this environment and seek to make people fall in love for the work on the demand of innovation.


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