Posts by Liz Nilsen

Diversity Drives Innovation – But Not the Kind You Think.

We’re finding more and more value in the concept of “strategic diversity” – that is, the way in which team members’ cognitive preferences shape their roles on the team. Learning how to optimize that diversity can take your team from average to a true “innovating network” that can solve the toughest challenges. The AEM-Cube(TM) –…

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Need to Communicate Complex Ideas? Introducing CommPlexity

Many of us work not only work with complex ideas, we need to explain them to others in clear, compelling ways. We’re rolling out a new offering to help. The best ideas and solutions paint a picture of a future that others can see, others can feel. They allow us to envision that future state…

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Strategic Diversity gives practitioners a new tool to maximize impact

We’re rolling out a new tool: Strategic Diversity. Strategic Diversity builds on the idea of the S-Curve. As we discuss in our workshops, an S-Curve is a useful model for thinking about change. One example we frequently use is “your grandparents’ economy” (eg, the heydey of heavy industry) vs. “our grandchildren’s economy” (eg, digital and…

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Lab Releases New Research on Effectiveness of Agile Strategy

Last week, we released a paper, along with a presentation at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) conference. From 2013-2016, we worked with the Pathways program of the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter). Pathways was an effort to create a “tipping point” for the inclusion of innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) in undergraduate…

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Join us in Washington!

We’re on the road next month for one of our most popular offerings, a 3-day training in using Strategic Doing. Strategic Doing 301: Leading Complex Collaborations will give you practical tools you need to begin and maintain conversations that lead to transformation in organizations, communities or regions. You can attend as a regular participant for…

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The Power of Linking & Leveraging Assets

I returned Sunday from a wrap-up event in Albuquerque – under the leadership of the engineering outreach initiative of New Mexico State University, teams of high school teachers and university mentors from all over the state have spent the last eight months working on ways to integrate career & technical education (CTE) with STEM (science,…

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Like a Rock

Not the trucks – we’re headed to Granite City, Illinois in early February to work with a large group of people that are passionate about the future of that city – once home to a thriving steel plant, but now looking for new ways to thrive. Granite City Economic Development Director James Amos attended one…

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What’s the “secret sauce” to innovation?

If you’re looking to build the innovation potential of your community or region, we can help. Lab director Ed Morrison sums up our experience in a news article from Charleston, South Carolina: “It’s gotten to a point now where I think we have enough understanding of how these ecosystems can be designed and guided, and…

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Happy New Year! Here’s our resolution…

The Purdue Strategy Lab’s resolution for 2017 is to take advantage of the growing number of opportunities to help people think differently, behave differently, and do differently. Last fall’s events demonstrated that more than ever, we need ways for people to make change happen in their communities and organizations, even in the face of events on national levels.…

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Even more from Australia – Part 4

The last of lab director Ed Morrison’s thoughts from Australia (catch up with Parts 1, 2, 3) The Sunshine Coast, north of Brisbane, includes a number of small towns. It’s a village of villages.  not surprisingly, each of these towns has a Chamber of Commerce. The challenge, of course, involves bringing these chambers to give…

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