Innovation

Coronavirus, handshake, and organizational culture

Coronavirus, handshake, and organizational culture

A funny but profound thing happened a week ago in the Netherlands. Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister, ended up his press conference announcing the ‘no handshake policy’ with… a handshake. This is a wonderful metaphor (and a great clip to use in your presentations, dear OD consultants!) for the relationship between official organizational policies and organizational habits. And comedy…

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Xerox PARC, and the Formula for Innovation

Xerox PARC, and the Formula for Innovation

You usually hear about the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in the context of Apple stealing the company’s best ideas. It’s true – while PARC managed to earn millions of dollars for Xerox, in many cases they didn’t manage to monetize their creativity properly. But being stolen from is the purest form of compliment. PARC has been among the…

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