Category Archives: Innovation
8 Tips For Changing Leadership Habits

August 29, 2013

By Laurie Clarke, COO, The Tatham Group Productivity and innovation. Two things everyone is looking to achieve. This Harvard Business Review article, Your Innovation Problem Is Really A Leadership Problem, presents an interesting perspective: ‘It isn’t either/or. It’s both/and.’ Or as we would say, one and the same. For both to be effective and lasting, […]

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The Fun Theory

November 23, 2012

Can a little bit of fun change people’s behavior?  Check out this video to see the results of an experiment to get more people to use stairs instead of an escalator.  I call this innovation at work!

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A Framework for Success in the Real World

April 23, 2012

By Michael B. Tatham, President, The Tatham Group  The best kind of change initiative at any level is one that is not formally announced and occurs covertly.  I learned this from my father.  And, as usual, the message was presented in a manner that made me work to understand the lesson. It was the middle […]

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Don’t Just Think Outside the Box…Jump Out of It!

April 16, 2012

By Laurie Clarke, COO, The Tatham Group Every entrepreneur knows there are costs and benefits to starting their own business.  As a company of one there is a lot of stress and more work to do than time to do it.  There is also the ability to make quick decisions, maintain a personal relationship with […]

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The Fly in the Bottle

March 26, 2012

By Tom Myrick, Financial Protection Services Expert Tom Myrick led a bank-owned insurance business to over $1billion in revenue.  He applied his experience as a process owner, product manager, and consumer products marketer.  Most of all, he instilled in a discipline of listening to the customer.   “What is my aim in philosophy? To show […]

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Elegantly Simple – How To Know When It’s The Right Solution

September 27, 2011

“I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity.”  – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Reading the article The Simplest Health Solutions? It’s Complicated in The New York Times, I was reminded of many presentations we have attended where […]

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Driving Innovation

September 20, 2011

By Laurie Clarke, COO, The Tatham Group How will the Competence E project use $273 million and 250 scientists change the world? As Andreas Gutsch, project head, explains: “We are no longer focused on studying individual molecules or components, but on developing solutions on the system level…We are conducting excellent research for application, not for […]

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Hiding Behind Training

May 6, 2011

By Michael J Tatham, Founder/Director, The Tatham Group

An engineer by training, I learned to use the scientific method to find the root cause of problems and by the late 60’s had an effective approach to designing training programs. Companies typically produce training programs that teach their people how to correct defects in the product rather than fix the process. As a result, a bad process keeps too many people busy fixing and reworking the output. Many companies around the world today invest millions in training programs focused on fixing and reworking output from bad processes. I’ll say the same thing I said 40 years ago: “When the process doesn’t work, fix the process; don’t blame the people.

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Put First Things First

April 14, 2011

By Laurie Clarke, COO, The Tatham Group Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People are great life principles.  I think they also serve as a good reminder that we should be working to live not living to work.  Too often our days fill up with a million menial tasks and we lose sight of […]

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Changing The Way You Change Things

March 15, 2011

By Laurie Clarke, COO, The Tatham Group   I was having lunch with some new Tatham trainees today and we started talking about the role of internal consultants as change agents.  Does their ability to challenge the status quo diminish with time?  Is their expertise being wasted in an enabling function versus leading a business […]

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