The famous author and science/policy communicator Vaclav Smil said, “collaboration and augmentation are the foundational principles of innovation.” One cannot make improvements to the world around themselves without collaborative augmentation. […]
At our best, we employees can be incredibly thoughtful, creative, passionate and driven. We volunteer for extra duties, offer to help our overwhelmed teammates, and bring great ideas to our […]
Innovators can be found in the workplace just about anywhere, but what does innovation really mean? The definition of an “innovator” is anyone who attempts to make a positive change […]
Peak Book Summary: Everybody Matters – The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family
“Everybody Matters” by Bob Chapman (CEO of Barry-Wehmiller) & Raj Sisodia (Coauthor of Conscious Capitalism), is one of the best books I have ever read. Broken into […]
Even before I joined the Denver Peak Academy, I was in love with the concept and abilities of the Idea Tree; one of Denver Peak Academy’s most powerful tools. It is one the fastest, most dynamic, and effective ways to gather and keep brainstorming ideas.
In the book Peak Performance by Brian Elms (Innovation Practice lead at Change and Innovation Agency) with J.B. Wogan (Journalist at Governing Magazine), we investigate the new science of success […]
Everyone knows the story; a few years back, after Eric Wolf, a Business Data Analyst with the Denver Department of Finance, took Denver Peak Academy’s Black Belt Training, he started […]
In the book Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath, there are six principles presented to help you craft and effectively […]
By Sarah Moss, Strategic Programs and Government Affairs Manager, Denver Fire Department May 2017 In early May, I set out from Denver on a road trip to the Great Sand […]
It is with great pleasure to announce our first ever Peak Performance Celebration (PPC) on Friday, September 30th from 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM in the Webb Municipal Building Atrium. Let’s kickoff […]
A new book from Governing magazine tells the story of the Peak Academy, a four-year old Denver government program that equips frontline workers with problem-solving skills that they take back to […]
It’s finally here: the highly-anticipated final takt time post!
Waste happens every day and in all kinds of circumstances, but there are ways to cut down on waste in the workplace in order to be more productive and provide customers with a better product or service.
Denver has been collaborating with the Johns Hopkins Center for Government Excellence (GovEx) through the Bloomberg Philanthropies “What Works Cities” initiative since December, enhancing the city’s open data process and […]
Takt time is a tool, not Big Brother. It’s applicable to a variety of situations and can be modified if necessary.
Peak Academy teaches takt time during its weeklong Black Belt training. In my two years with the program, this concept still remains one of the most difficult for participants to […]