The Lean Startup is Changing The World

“Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door” is a phrase that has inspired generations of innovators and entrepreneurs. Unfortunately, they often find that a better mousetrap is not enough. You also need to find a customer who wants to buy a mousetrap at a price at which you can profit. That, essentially, is ...

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Anxiety Hits Middle Managers the Hardest

“What are the metrics?” We get this question all the time from nervous managers, directors, and VPs who are struggling with the philosophical underpinnings of front-end innovation. They are eager to launch an innovation program, but want to be able to foresee the outcome before embarking on a journey of discovery.

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Getting Clear on Your Strategy

Clarity - Getting Clear on Your Strategy

“If I had the key members of your executive suite all in the same room, would they all be able to articulate the essence of your business strategy clearly and consistently?” I asked the executive vice president of strategy. “Probably not,” she replied. “But I do know we need a new one, because the current one isn’t working.” I hear ...

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As Robots Take Over We Will Need More Innovators

As Robots Take Over We Will Need More Innovators - IAs Robots Take Over We Will Need More Innovators - Innovation Excellence

The Hadrian X robot is made by Fastbrick Robotics from Australia. It can lay 1000 house bricks in an hour (video below). The average bricklayer lays around 500 bricks a day. We will soon see robots doing much of the standard work in building assembly with a small number of skilled craftsmen supervising them, applying finishing touches or...

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In Innovation We Trust, But Not in Automation

You don’t need Bloomberg to tell you that people fear automation; automation is commonly linked to unemployment and chalked up as “robots stealing our jobs.” Donald Trump tapped into that fear plenty during the 2016 elections. It was palpable. Interestingly, while Trump played on this fear, he didn’t capture the reality of the situation at all.

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More Roman Innovation and How to Innovate Like a Tourist

I wrote recently about innovation lessons from the Roman Empire (SPQR Innovation) and in the course of my travels and research, I have uncovered additional Roman examples that are worth investigating.  I also would like to share an insight that occurred to me concerning a characteristic of tourism and how it relates to the challenges faced by innovation practitioners. Roman ...

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Failure is Free

One Hack That Will Forever Alter the Way You Fund Your Business If you don’t learn how to do this, you’re missing out on what will soon be the single greatest source of new funding–yeah, it’s that big… I’ve always hated the notion of stepping outside of the box; as though you were stepping into some sort of void like ...

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