Few firms innovate with any degree of consistency. Despite a significant body of in-depth analysis and academic research on the topic of technology innovation, most high-tech businesses are not particularly innovative, and numerous industry watchers and pundits wonder aloud how the truly innovative companies make it look so easy (for example, Burrows 2004; Economist 2007; Grossman 2005; Murphy 2008).
Half of individual contributors feel their jobs are stagnant. And 1 out of 3 just do their jobs, nothing more. All at a time when organizations can ill afford to have unproductive, poorly engaged individual contributors.
In 2007, we issued a white paper about the New Reality, which characterized the contemporary North American workplace as one with shorter job tenures, changing generational values, a surplus of vacant positions and scarce talent.
A down economy paralyzing travel budgets and threatening event and trade show attendance. A marketing community in need of larger audiences and more leads. Event professionals under fire to produce critical ROI at all costs.