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The Pace and Cadence of Innovation

The Pace and Cadence of Innovation

Surges can be anticipated

Surges can be anticipated

Let’s face it, innovation is not like a finely-tuned engine operating at optimum capacity all of the time. How do you anticipate the ebbs and flows that invariably crop up with the pace of innovation, let alone the workload (which is often independent of innovation)? How do handle the inevitable slow periods of innovation? How do you spark the team out of an innovation slump? What metrics beyond gut feel do you use to measure the current pace of innovation?

To start, let your team see the big picture, to remind and spark their intuitive skills and abilities. Seeing the big picture allows your team to make insights and set directions whereas everyday working events tend to keep their attention.

Can Technology jumpstart your innovation effort?

According to a recent report in McKinsey & Company hotspots around the world and by Richard Florida, hotspots exist in the many cities around the world including United States that seem to foster innovation, or folks that belong to the creative class.

What makes these places special that attracts the creative folks? Are these the only hotspots, or cities conducive to innovative efforts, or just the metropolitan areas that receive the most notority?