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How Asking ‘What If?’ Will Lead Us to Tomorrow’s Innovations

Today's leaders should encourage their teams to journey into the unknown.

We often talk about how technology – and more specifically, how the Internet – has changed business, but we don’t often discuss how the Internet has changed leadership. The style of leadership we need today is very different from what worked 50, 20 – or even 10 – years ago. Just as the Internet enabled […]

The Route to the Future

Want to know what the world will look like in 10 years? If you like science fiction, you might love what’s in store.

This is Part 1 of a five-part white paper series called Routes to the Future, in which we explore the innovations, challenges and opportunities in a new era of possibilities. Since the beginning of recorded history, humans have been imagining future innovations with an intensity born out of our survival instinct. It’s in our DNA […]

When the Next Threat to Your Business Might Not Exist Yet

How do you measure innovative thought in this disruptive era? It’s about more than execution. You must always be mindful of what could be.

In these ever-changing times, innovation may be what’s changing most of all. Businesses once took their innovation cues from their customers’ needs and their competitors’ actions. Though important, those tactics are just one part of unlocking the innovative spirit in today’s marketplace. Competition is coming from all corners of the globe – and it’s not […]

Why Everyone Thinks Edison Invented the Light Bulb

Great ideas are the currency in today’s competitive business landscape. But even great ideas aren’t enough to distinguish great leaders.

Despite what we learned in school, Thomas Edison didn’t invent the light bulb. What’s more, Alexander Graham Bell didn’t invent the telephone and Galileo didn’t invent the telescope. That’s not to say these successful inventors don’t deserve their accolades. In fact, each was a master of re-invention and persuasion. They took an existing concept, made […]

Six Words That Can Hurt Your Company

Why saying "that's how we've always done it" can stifle growth.

I’m a big believer in the idea that every organization needs a strong culture. In my mind, having a strong culture is a requisite for success – since you can reach your goals quicker and easier if everyone is rowing in sync. My company, UPS, owes its success in great part to the strong culture […]