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Why Otherwise Successful Managers Fail Leading R&D

Ever worked in an organization where R&D was only part of the business? Or maybe your R&D organization got new executive management lacking R&D experience? Either way, the results were the same. R&D productivity...

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How Managers Strive to Achieve Mediocrity

Managers may not consciously pursue mediocrity for their teams, but their actions demonstrate clear intentionality to settle for second best.  We’ve all seen it.  Here are six red flags for recognizing the emergence of...

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Mission, Vision, Purpose, and R&D Success

Jan is the lead for her company’s most significant R&D investment, one acclaimed by all her executive management.  Providing innovative technologies is the legacy of her company.  Midway through Jan’s project, her top three...

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EPILOGUE

“It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” – Bill Gates There is an underlying assumption in this quote that I’ve learned is often unaccepted.  The...

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When is it time to replace leadership?

Leadership changes are always challenging, but when change is mandated to protect the R&D vision, chaos often results.  Knowing the criteria for mandating change well ahead of the need can help.  It establishes a...

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What does performance accountability look like for R&D?

Mutual accountability for R&D performance is crucial.  This is particularly true for the lynchpins of R&D success:  stakeholders, program management, and technical leadership.  Shared accountability must address the unique cultural challenges within any organization. ...

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What are technical silos and why are they risky?

  Technical silos are those bastions of technical expertise that enable our core competencies.  They’ve nurtured the technical discriminators of our past successes.  Their value is tremendous.  The problem with deep technical silos, however,...