Vanishing Point

The Risk of Neglecting Human Value in the Innovation Solution

Posted by Gregory Weber

March 8, 2017 at 8:01 AM

 

“If you don’t understand people, you don’t understand business.”

- Simon Sinek

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Search “technology” or “innovation” or “computer” and “founded/er, ” and you’ll come up with lists of people who have launched tech companies. You might find lists dedicated to women, all non-U.S. born innovators, or non-tech people who started companies. You aren’t going to find a single story of an organization created, funded, launched, and nurtured by a computer. That’s because, for all the things that technology can do for us, it can not replicate the value and power of human judgment, instinct, or empathy that are so vital to the health of our workforce, our organizations, and our global marketplace.

 

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Big Teaming is a Solution to the World’s Toughest Challenges

Posted by Scott Stafford

March 1, 2017 at 10:01 AM


Big Teaming is “intense collaboration between professions and industries, which requires leadership that can combine expansive vision with deliberative incremental action.”[1] It is necessary for organizations to take an inherently orthogonal approach to problem-solving and strategy, like that of our FUTURE PROOF® business consulting services. In Big Teaming scenarios, cross-functional teams bring together broadly disparate functional domain expertise to accomplish a task or solve a challenge.

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How Public Perception of the Security Landscape is Impacting Resilience

Posted by Nina Martire

February 22, 2017 at 1:10 PM

America is at a security nexus. Critical infrastructure is deteriorating, private information is becoming less private, and the threat actor profile is increasingly difficult to pinpoint. At the same time that uncertainty is escalating, collective trust in traditional sources of security (i.e., police, the government) is waning and shifting to new targets.

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Why You Need to Conduct an Organizational Innovation Assessment

Posted by Avery Sen

February 15, 2017 at 8:00 AM


There is no one “right” way to innovate. There are different reasons to do it, different ways to do it, and different experts required. What success means and how to achieve it depend on human institutions and human engagement. Every innovation is a reflection of the capabilities and culture of the organization that produced it, as is every failed attempt at innovation. While there is no right way to innovate, organizations can benefit from common understanding.

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AI is Worthless in the Absence of Human Judgment

Posted by Eric Chase

February 9, 2017 at 7:54 AM

In almost every industry and sector, AI is opening up new possibilities and forcing us to think outside of long-held paradigms. As these burgeoning resources reshape how we approach business, two related points emerge as vital. First, while the ‘wow’ factor of AI and machine learning is high, it would be dangerous to overestimate the value of cognitive technologies. Second, organizational leaders must be involved in the decisions to invest in and adopt technologies based on how the resources will enhance workforce performance.

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What Water Boundary Conflicts Tell Us About Critical Infrastructure

Posted by Bob Wagner

February 1, 2017 at 8:55 AM

At the intersection between the state lines for Georgia, Alabama, and Florida, the Tri-State Water Wars have waged through the 21st Century.[1] At the heart of the issue is the current future allocation of the water in the region. It’s a question of what state ‘owns’ the water in the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa and the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint basins, which cross the borders of the three states.

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The Most Important Resource for C-Level Leaders is Human

Posted by Tyler Sweatt

January 25, 2017 at 11:21 AM

Leaders continue to experience conflict between preparing for future opportunities and meeting the urgency of immediate responsibilities. In our current state of sweeping exponential change, this balance is a growing cause for concern. Yet, the tension between today and tomorrow may not be the central challenge that many leaders think it is – in fact, it might signal a source of additional resilience for the organization.

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Why Crowdsourcing May Be the World's Greatest Shared Asset

Posted by Aaron Schulman

January 18, 2017 at 9:29 AM

Consider Wikipedia, Kickstarter, 99 Designs. All are crowdsourcing platforms. All create value by using connectivity and a central platform to aggregate and assess information, ideas, funds, and other resources from a massive bank of contributors.

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Your New Year’s Resolution to Change is Too Limited

Posted by Jason Fieger

January 11, 2017 at 9:05 AM

January is a time for resolutions. For many people (and businesses) the first weeks of any new year are given over to setting goals and shifting priorities. Many of these objectives relate to how we will “change” or “transform.” Despite our best intentions we more often than not fail, as any number of articles about keeping resolutions will tell.

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How to Harness Talent and Build Great Teams

Posted by Gregory Weber

January 4, 2017 at 9:19 AM

In 1995, Alvin Toffler wrote about creating a new civilization.[1] In his aptly titled book, he delves into how societies have to address the main features of a Third Wave economy to make a successful transition from the paradigms of the Industrial Era to a future in which shared knowledge breaks down barriers between societies, organizations, and individuals. In particular, he asserts that historically flawed thought models related to business profitability and global competition would create issues for business leaders.

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