All posts filed under: Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Civil Disobedience Facing Strategic Blindness (1/2)

CONTEXT: Focus here on Civil Disobedience.

The opposing forces of what I’m calling civil disobedience and strategic blindness underlie the gig mindset inside the organization. They are the fundamental forces that will make or break the gig-mindset way of working inside companies and are the subject of an early chapter in my upcoming book. This article about civil disobedience is part one of a short series. (more…)

Alice Obrecht on Innovation and the Success-Fail Spectrum

Alice Obrecht is a research fellow at the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP), an organization dedicated to improving humanitarian performance through increased learning and accountability. Alice leads ALNAP’s work on effectiveness and innovation. She is the co-author, with Alexandra Warner, of a recent report, More Than Just Luck,* which examines innovation in humanitarian action. Alice spoke with Jane McConnell about her research and the insights it gave her. Interview was first published in “The Organization in the Digital Age” in December 2016. (more…)

Danish Demining Group: Innovation in the Field

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a nonprofit organization that aids communities and individuals affected and displaced by conflict across the globe. Its activities are multifaceted, covering several interrelated areas of focus: Shelter and Non-food Items, Food Security, Protection, Income Generation, Coordination & Operational Services, Community Infrastructure & Services, Humanitarian Mine Action, Armed Violence Reduction (AVR), Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) and Education.Read about how they are innovating in the field in high-risk situations. This case study was first published in “The Organization in the Digital Age” in December 2016. Photo credit (more…)

Seeding an entrepreneurial work culture

…… The original, longer version of this post was published on October 31, 2016 on the Global Peter Drucker Forum Blog. First published here in February 2017 ……

Experimentation and creativity have long been stifled in many organizations.

Command-and-control leadership, overly complex processes and slow decision-making are among the reasons for this unfortunate state. Data from my 10th annual research with 310 participants in 27 countries confirm this: (more…)