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Lowe’s Much Admired Innovation Chief Leaves To Establish Uncommon Partners

5/1/18
By Peter High, published on Forbes

Last year, I featured the founder and executive director of Lowe’s Innovation Labs Kyle Nel in this column. We covered the remarkable innovations his team developed, and the creative methods used to drum them up. For his efforts, Lowe’s received numerous accolades, including being named number one on Fast Company’s 2018 Most Innovative Companies, for augmented and virtual reality, as well as being named number one for innovation among specialty retailers on Fortune’s 2018 World’s Most Admired Companies.

Nel recently left Lowe’s to develop his own firm, Uncommon Partners. His goal in so doing is to bring the magic of what his team undertook at Lowe’s to a broader audience. Nel noted that “We are a consulting and training firm that helps organizations transcend intrinsic human barriers – fear, habits and routine, and our struggle to make long, visionary leaps – to create breakthrough change. We use new tools, and re-designed tools, to help organizations dream bigger, break decision bottlenecks, and create measures that can guide anyone navigating new territory.”

The mission of the firm is to help organizations with behavioral transformation; to enable them to do the things they say they want to do: change nimbly, innovate meaningfully, and move faster than the competition to change customer behavior. In a world marked by uncertainty, organizations must adapt and change in order to get better at solving intractable problems. We all need to shift from a mindset of risk mitigation to that of racing to seize the opportunity.

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