Most innovations come from responding to a customer's needs, or finding a niche where products need improvement or extension. It is rare to innovate using a blank sheet of paper in a room with bare walls and no other contributors.
Change happens. Finding or creating the support you need for a changing business can be daunting, but if you establish a steady support system at home, recognize your own shortcomings, and remain flexible, it's much easier.
In my later years with the Vikings, we measured and studied the criteria of a successful offense, and it made a huge impact on our team. And believe it or not, we did it by applying lessons I learned on the factory floors of the textile mills of South Carolina and Georgia.
One thing we can be certain about is that nothing is certain—no matter how much we plan. While planning is critical and necessary, no plan is a guarantee.
You gotta love the fast moving nature of digital marketing. Just when you thought you had the social media playbook down pat, photo sharing app Snapchat coming along to write a new chapter: that of ephemeral marketing (aka temporary social media).
In the age of entrepreneurship, small businesses are increasingly learning how to adapt to a consumer-based market. As a result, it's important to keep on top of new practices that will help give your business a competitive edge. Check out these emerging top small business trends in 2014.
What sparks paradigm-shifting innovation in any business? It's a special mix of entrepreneur and company, regular in every respect except for having the courage and foresight to make an idea happen that was supposed to be impossible.
In your business or your life, are you a competer or an innovator? No, "competers" is not a misprint. It's an original term for those who reflexively compete rather than seek to gain a strategic advantage through innovation.
Unlearning has become a popular concept recently. At first, I didn't pay a lot of attention to it, I tended to think it a clever play on words. But over time, I've started to grasp the importance of "unlearning."
Developing new strategies and new programs is exciting. The problem is committing to the execution of the programs. It's no longer about powerful ideas, but it's the tough work of making it happen.