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5 of the Biggest Fears and How to Overcome Them

5 of the Biggest Fears and How to Overcome Them

As consultants, one trait we see is the inability of managers and leaders to make a decision. Consequently, a number ...
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Fix the process and culture will follow

Fix the process and culture will follow

Over the years, I had clients that complained about their culture, and were looking for a quick fix. I sounded ...
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Should you use Skunk Works? Not a Cut-and-Dried Answer

Should you use Skunk Works? Not a Cut-and-Dried Answer

An executive asked me a question regarding the merits of designing a Skunk Works® program for developing innovative products internally ...
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Battles between Marketing and Engineering

It is not unusual to see a battle between marketing and engineering when it comes to product development. This conflict ...
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What does decentralized decision-making really look like?

Does decentralized decision-making mean leaders are out of a job? No, definitely not. As a leader, it is your responsibility ...
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How to lead product development teams: Mission-Type Orders

How to lead product development teams: Mission-Type Orders

Mission-type orders are the basis of effective product development leadership when decentralized decision-making and adaptability is needed. Read more ...
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When Disciplines Don’t Mix

When Disciplines Don’t Mix

This article discusses working together as a cross-functional team ...
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When Expertise Trumps Authority

Decentralized decision making can speed product development, as well as, improve adaptability and ability to react to market changes ...
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When Companies Trump Biology

When Companies Trump Biology

Over the last 50-plus years businesses have achieved tremendous growth and efficiency by applying the scientific method to an array ...
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Switching Gears to an Organic Growth Strategy

Switching Gears to an Organic Growth Strategy

A little background...Virtually every department in an organization is touched by product development, meaning that multiple people, functions, processes and ...
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Putting Manufacturing Experts on Your Early Concept Development Teams

Putting Manufacturing Experts on Your Early Concept Development Teams

Designing new products for Manufacturing and Assembly has always been a challenge. Typically, Manufacturing Experts are added to a Project ...
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