INNOVATION CULTURE

Employees are like the cogs of a company. Like a finely wound clock, a company needs to tend to its cogs and emboldened them with attention and care. Investing in company culture is the key to driving innovation.

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reshaping the narrative

Strategic Innovation

Individual ignorance creates collective failure: a statement that applies to different fields, from business to climate change.

Why Corporates Are Teaching Their Employees to Be Kids again

The Education Chasm

What does it mean when the skills we seek today in our preparation for tomorrow are the same as the ones we all held yesterday? Put succinctly – this is what we call the educational chasm.

Understanding Neurodiversity

New Ways of Thinking, Learning, and Driving Change

Research shows that one of the most important sources of competitive advantage is a company’s overall corporate learning strategy. A robust corporate learning strategy focuses on deep expertise development, collaboration, knowledge sharing, and the continuous reinforcement of expertise as a central to success.

The Conversation

The Digital Transformation Isn't Always Digital

The digital transformation is not simply about technology, it is about transforming the DNA of a company, shifting their culture to one that is more collaborative and open in nature.

Putting the Human back into Human Resources

Employees Are Not Assets

How can Human Resources continue to justify its name when it is repeatedly characterized by figures, statistics, and testing? In short, it can’t, but there is another way.

The Mediator Between the Head and the Hands Must be the Heart

Bringing the Soul into the Future

Benjamin Butler, the founder of the Emerging Future Institute, writes his thoughts on which ideas we should keep close to our hearts in the years ahead.

Slash and Burn

Self-Disruption as Innovation

With almost twenty year's experience at Adobe, Sebastian Shaw has witnessed first hand how companies must sometimes reinvent themselves in order to survice.

True Leaders are Redundant

Théorie de la liberté

An American diplomat meets a French diplomat and says. “We have invented a new approach, it’s incredible, and it works in practice.” The French diplomat replies, “That’s great, but does it work in theory?”

Mix It Up

Designing Systems Through Diversity

Innovation is the name of the game today. But you can’t have innovation without diversity, which acts as a kind of vehicle for progress and our only way of reaching our desirable futures. In this sense, diversity is the fuel for the grand design and charges the entire process. Let me explain.

Wake Up and Smell the Innovation

Flower Power: Finding Innovation in Nature

Professor Stefano Mancuso on why humans may not be as innovative as we once thought.

The Conversation

Dissociate & Collaborate

Friederike Korte describes what she means by a desirable future: one based on relationship building and subverting the status quo.

The Seeds of Progress

Growing Pains

Innovation is an elusive and mystical phenomenon. Only in an Innovation Ecosystem can it thrive. The main challenge when attempting to create such a system is that there is no formula for creativity.

Treat your employees like your customers

A Case for a New Company Culture

The shift to the digital age, as well as increased competition, is changing the way we need to act to retain talent: that’s why creating a true ‘company culture’ to unleash each employee’s potential is key to a company’s success.

maize.LIVE

Leaders: A Survival Guide

Unpacking the myth of the "Great Man".

Relive maize.LIVE

12 Takeaways from Future Companies & Innovative Organizations

The second in our maize.LIVE series looks at what lies ahead in the world of future companies and innovative organizations.

Now is the Winter of our dis-Content

Exploring New Creative Agency Models

Decades ago, advertising executives sitting at traditional office cubicles couldn’t have predicted the industry as it stands today. The wondrous world of advertising has been flipped on its head and forced into innovation more than once. Here’s how the next generation of agencies is adapting and molding the future of advertising.

Human Innovation Culture

Slaying the Organizational Monster

How simple is it to redesign an organisation from scratch and challenge traditional structures and the status quo, giving employees the ability and legitimacy to redefine the boundaries and culture in which they operate? H-FARM's Human Innovation Culture is a case study on how this works.

Fostering a Better Outlook

Sowing the Seeds of a Growth Mindset

A leopard can’t change its spots. Brain and talent are inborn gifts that are impossible to alter. This belief, almost as old as time, states that many of the limits to our development are set in stone even before we are born. Carol Dweck, a Psychology professor at Stanford University, refuted this by contesting that an individual's mindset is what really makes the difference, and found that it is one of the most crucial elements in creating a successful business today.

Lessons to be Learnt

12 Common Mistakes Startups Make

From optimistic revenue streams to unrealistic dreams – we speak to Andreas Spechtler, founder of the Startup Executive Academy and leader of the initiative Silicon Castles to find out what some of the most common mistakes startups are making today.

Energizing Employee Engagement

Can Culture be Designed?

With employee engagement at an all-time low – action is necessary. Shape your company's core to ensure the best for your business.

At an Apex

Remaining Disruptive is Key

maize takes a dive into some case studies which make clear that being a continual disruptor is key to success today.

A new narrative

Drive innovation through storytelling

For an organisation to succeed today, it needs to enable and foster innovation by providing the correct “operating systems”. Operating systems can mean anything palpable that makes an organisation work: technology, budgets, profits, equipment. But can also mean the intangible: its atmosphere, culture, and unique story.

adidas Makerlab

Cultivating creativity through space and collaboration

Learn about some of the inner-workings of adidas. How they empower, create and innovate from within.

Grow your business

The Venture Client Model

Imagine it's 1993 and a startup approaches you. It offers a new kind of phone that is mobile, meaning that is not fixed to a building, weighs five kilos, breaks off every two minutes, and costs ten thousand dollars. Would you want your whole company’s communication to rely on that technology? Probably not.

How to Make work more fun

The 8 habits of the world’s most progressive workplaces

“We are not going to do this for another 40 years!” is what we told each other in the summer of 2015. Only two years into our engineering jobs we were completely frustrated with the old-fashioned organization structures of our employers. We were tired of the endless bureaucracy, the pointless report writing, and the lack of freedom and entrepreneurship. “There has to be a better way”, we said. We were convinced of that!

Processing the Process

Fostering a Creative Mindset to Achieve Innovation

Companies built upon the fear of failure are doomed to fail themselves, instead, companies must celebrate curiosity. Fortunately, the solution is clear, and in order to reframe themselves, they need only follow three simple steps: inspire, create and innovate.