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Yoram Solomon

Plano, United States

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Executive, consultant, author, speaker who helps technology companies focus their competitive strategy development and execution, removes obstacles to employee creativity, and facilitates the discovery of “the next big thing,” radically innovative products, services, processes, and business models. Author of 7 books, Inc. Magazine Columnist, 2015 and 2016 Top-40 Innovation blogger, and NSA Professional Member.

Major Accomplishments:
• Led the $97m Texas Instruments business unit. Launched USB3.
• Conducted a company turnaround for Voyager and negotiated and sold it for $22m.
• Strategy Planning workshops for Texas Instruments that led to entry into the mobile Wi-Fi market with 60% market share and creation of the $500m Mobile Connectivity Solutions business unit.
• Developed and taught a TI "Competitive Toolkit” series of lectures.
• Developed and taught a graduate technology forecasting course at UT Dallas.
• As the VP of Corporate Strategy for Interphase, facilitated strategy planning, invented penveu, and led product development.
• Facilitated a strategy planning and executive workshops for VCE, Qorvo, AT&T, DRS, and others, described as “transformational.”
• For PhD dissertation, conducted a 2-year research to understand why employees are more creative in startups than in large companies.
• National Speakers Association Professional Speaker.
• Author of 7 books and 21 patents.
• Elected in 2015 as a Plano ISD board trustee, providing direction, governance, and oversight to a $650m school district with 55,000 students and 7,000 employees.
• Inc. magazine columnist, named 2015 and 2016 Top 40 innovation blogger. Published articles in multiple venues including Inc., Innovation Excellence, and Boards & Directors.

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Culture 42.93
Innovation 51.19
Leadership 45.73

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22 Article/Blogs
Do you want to be around smart people who disagree with you?
LinkedIn
October 12, 2018
One of the TV shows I love the most is The West Wing. There is an episode where Leo McGarry, the Chief of Staff, interviews Ansley Hayes, a young lawyer, to be an associate White House counsel.
But here's the deal, Ms. Hayes is a Republican, and the White House is Democrat. I'm not going to get political with this post, but for that reason Ansley finds it very hard to believe that they want her to work there.

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Tags: Innovation

Don't ban laptops and phones from meetings!
LinkedIn
October 08, 2018
A headline asking the same caught my eyes at CNN Business this morning. The article quoted researchers from the University of Texas at Austin who claimed that the presence of phones prevents us from learning effectively. Smart phones and laptops distract us. Using them is disrespectful towards others in the meeting.

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Tags: Innovation

DO NOT OPEN IMMEDIATELY! Click-bait and trust.
LinkedIn
August 24, 2018
Are you receiving letters that are marked "DO NOT BEND," "CHECK INSIDE," "NON-TRANSFERABLE," "FINAL NOTICE," "OPEN IMMEDIATELY!""Pay to the order of..." or any other terminology that makes you open them, just to find an advertisement that has nothing to do with the impression you got when you looked at it? I know I am.

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Tags: Innovation

How The Government Could Easily Boost Crowdfunding, Innovation, And Jobs
Inc
January 31, 2018
The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act was signed into law by President Obama in May 2012. The idea was to relax regulations that prevented or slowed early stage investments by non-institutional investors. One of the main achievements of the new law was to allow crowdfunding.

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Tags: Innovation, Open Innovation, Govtech

You Are Not Implementing Strategy For The Same Reason You Are Not Losing Weight
Inc
January 31, 2018
In the summer of 2012 I visited the NBC TODAY Show in New York. The topic discussed in that segment was weight loss. As the reporter turned to me, she asked me if I had any questions.

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Tags: Innovation

3 Reasons Children Lose Creativity As They Grow Up
Inc
January 30, 2018
The factor that affects team productivity and creativity is the ability to conduct constructive conflict. In turn, three other factors that affect that ability, which are strong in children, and disappears when they reach adulthood and the work environment.

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Tags: Innovation

The Best Way for Companies to Invest Their Tax Cuts
Inc
January 29, 2018
Walmart, AT&T, and Starbucks, to name a few, have already passed on the tax cuts to their employees, in the form of pay increases and bonuses. Here are five alternatives that companies have, and how they affect their shareholders.

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Tags: Innovation

Why Creativity And Strategy Need Opposite Types of Motivation
Inc
January 26, 2018
For a long time it was accepted that incentives, and specifically financial incentives, would motivate any type of desired business behavior. In other words--everyone has a price.

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Tags: Innovation

How Science Explains Why People Exaggerate Their Contribution to the Team
Inc
January 23, 2018
Try this experiment: Ask each member of a team that has just achieved a milestone what their contribution was to that achievement, percentage-wise. Ask them independently. Then add those percentages up. You would expect to get 100 percent, right? In reality, you are likely to get more than 100 percent. Sometimes much more.

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Tags: Innovation

A Seemingly Innocent Email Hack That Could Destroy Creativity
Inc
January 11, 2018
Innovation is a team sport. You must rely not only on your own ingenuity and creativity, but also on that of your team members. Innovation also requires a culture of innovation, of which team dynamics play a critical role.

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Tags: Innovation

Why You Should Not Set Goals For 2018, And Do This Instead
Inc
January 01, 2018
As 2017 ends, you start setting your goals for 2018. Your goals are typically set as outcomes, such as "lose 50 pounds," "make $100,000 in paid speeches," "save $25,000," and the like. And it makes sense because, after all, you care more about losing 50 pounds than about working out every day. You care more about making $100,000 in paid speeches than about the required marketing activities.

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Tags: Innovation

Want To Improve Company Culture? Fix it Early On
Inc
December 27, 2017
made me realize that the reason people are more creative when they work in startups than when they work in mature companies is due to the difference in culture of those two types of companies.

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Tags: Innovation

The Hiring Mistake That Would Kill Your Company's Culture
Inc
December 20, 2017
When a startup is born, its founders are the creators of everything. They are the ones responsible for product (or service) development, for initial marketing and sales, and everything else that's needed.

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Tags: Innovation

2 Ways Facebook Makes You Creative Every Day
Inc
December 19, 2017
You heard a lot about the dark side of the Force. Sorry, Facebook... A former Facebook VP said that social media is destroying society and ripping us apart, and recommended we should take a hard break from social media (maybe that's why he's "former?").

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Tags: Innovation

Why Phone Cameras Are Built Backwards
Inc
December 14, 2017
In a recent study, market research firm Nielsen found that 6 out of every 10 pictures taken with a camera phone were selfies, using the user-facing camera. Phone maker HTC claimed in 2014 that this number was closer to 9 out of 10

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Tags: Innovation

The One Element Missing From Your Strategy Planning
Inc
December 13, 2017
In a previous article, I compared the development and execution of strategy to the use of your car navigation system. The three main elements of this analogy are very clear to see:

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Tags: Innovation

Why Trust Is Important to the Team, and the Prerequisites for It
Inc
December 12, 2017
Creative and collaborative teamwork will only take place if there is a high level of trust among team members. Trust allows members of the team to do three things that produce true collaboration.

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Tags: Innovation

How To Stop The Decline of Small Business Saturday
Inc
November 29, 2017
Right there between Black Friday and Cyber Monday resides Small Business Saturday. It's a day dedicated for shopping at your local small business. According to American Express (the sponsor of Small Business Saturday), sales were down this year compared to 2016.

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Tags: Innovation

The Secret to Highly Productive Meetings? These 3 Words
Inc
November 28, 2017
As I've written about before, your ability to achieve effective, productive, and creative teamwork depends on the level of trust among team members, their ability to conduct constructive conflict, their willingness to be vulnerable and ask stupid questions or propose stupid ideas, the willingness to give constructive feedback, and the confidence to accept such feedback and really listen to it.

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Tags: Innovation

The Secret to Avoiding Thanksgiving Family Feuds? These 8 Tips
Inc
November 22, 2017
The holidays bring people together. A lot of people. Tensions tend to run high, and arguments turn into fights, some of which will never be recovered from. You can already feel the tension on your way to the family gathering. You feel you are about to be undressed publicly.

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Tags: Innovation

One Brain Skill That Will Make You Creative
Inc
November 21, 2017
The most common form of creativity is the combinational creativity. That's when old ideas in your head combine in your medial prefrontal cortex into new ideas. Although it seems accidental, this process is far from it.

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Tags: Innovation

One Question That Will Make Every Meeting Productive
Inc
November 17, 2017
In our politically correct culture, fraught with polarization, constructive conflict has been all but eliminated. Your ability to conduct constructive conflict depends on three things: your willingness to be vulnerable and propose stupid ideas or ask stupid questions, your courage to give direct and constructive feedback, and your willingness to accept such feedback and criticism yourself, without taking it personally.

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Tags: Innovation

3 Books
Culture starts with YOU, not your boss! The 5 Pieces of the Innovation Culture Puzzle
CreateSpace
August 16, 2017
In his doctoral research, author Yoram Solomon showed that the factors affecting creativity and productivity the most could be summed up with one word—culture. He published his findings in his book Un-Kill Creativity: How Corporate America can out-innovate startups. However, he also found that employees play a major role in creating the right culture, and should not put the burden solely on management. Through 9 fictional stories, inspired by true events, he explains the model for building a culture of innovation.
Finally, he explains how to build trust in a team, and why we tend to skip between politically-correct arguments directly to destructive, personal and emotional conflicts, avoiding the constructive conflict in the middle.

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Tags: Culture, Innovation, Leadership

Culture starts with YOU, not your boss! The 5 Pieces of the Innovation Culture Puzzle
CreateSpace
August 16, 2017
In his doctoral research, author Yoram Solomon showed that the factors affecting creativity and productivity the most could be summed up with one word—culture. He published his findings in his book Un-Kill Creativity: How Corporate America can out-innovate startups. However, he also found that employees play a major role in creating the right culture, and should not put the burden solely on management. Through 9 fictional stories, inspired by true events, he explains the model for building a culture of innovation.
Finally, he explains how to build trust in a team, and why we tend to skip between politically-correct arguments directly to destructive, personal and emotional conflicts, avoiding the constructive conflict in the middle.

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Tags: Culture, Innovation, Leadership

Un-Kill Creativity: How Corporate America can out-innovate startups
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
October 07, 2016
Is innovation accidental? Why do we get the best ideas in the shower? Why are people creative in startup companies more than in Fortune 500 companies? In his fifth book, un kill creativity, researcher, author, and keynote speaker Dr. Yoram Solomon answers these and other questions, based on his doctoral research (From Startup to Maturity), his firsthand innovation experience, and the stories of some of the world’s most innovative companies, such as Apple and Lockheed’s Skunk Works.

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Tags: Innovation, Startups, Management

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