Start with Feeling

People ask me often about Innovation. No one has a clear definition. Innovation is one of those words that mean something different to anyone who hears it. Similar to other words that are filled with misunderstanding, such as creativity or strategy, innovation, requires a refining conversation to demystify and better understand. The first task is to name what is not ...

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A Manager’s Guide to Disruptive Innovation – Part 1 of 2

Philippe Silberzahn, a consultant, keynote speaker, and associate professor at EM Lyon Business School, works with large companies confronted to disruptions in their markets: it was natural that he summarizes the mechanisms of disruption,  in his book A Managers’Guide to Disruptive Innovation capitalizing on the various books of Clayton Christensen. Philippe doesn’t leave us unarmed, and suggests practical actions to ...

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Fatigue and Complacency: The Bane of Inspiration and Innovation

Oftentimes, an entrepreneur or an employee’s greatest strength also acts against them as their greatest weakness. While this duality isn’t always easily expressed, nowhere is it more apparent than in the budding, overzealous worker who burns bright, and then burns out. Workplace fatigue is a more persistent problem in the global economy than you might realize, leading to complacency and ...

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Build For The Few And Not The Many

When Google first announced its Glass prototype, complete with a snazzy video, it generated a lot of excitement. Through augmented reality projected onto the lenses, users could seamlessly navigate an urban landscape, send and receive messages and take photos and videos. It was a completely new way to interact with technology. Yet criticism quickly erupted. Many were horrified that hordes ...

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Don’t Start Strategy with SWOT

It’s Time to Retire This Old-School Tool -- Over the past few years of helping organizations develop new strategies, I’ve become aware and rather alarmed at a prevalent pattern, one which I find counterproductive, even detrimental, especially in these times of VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity). It concerns the starting point for strategy work: nearly every time I begin working ...

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Innovation – More Powerful Than Marketing?

What always surprises us when working with big companies is that innovation is usually primarily seen as a growth tool. It is less commonly talked about as a brand-building tool. That’s usually seen to be the domain of big advertising campaigns that supposedly land enduring brand values. What if the best form of marketing wasn’t, in fact, marketing? At The ...

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Six Things You Have to Believe in Order to Succeed

Success, in business and in life, is about following a set of beliefs that will guide your journey when nothing else can. “Practice the right beliefs and somehow the world starts to present you with opportunities you’d otherwise never notice, practice the wrong ones and opportunities pass you by like noontime shadows, fleeting and barely noticed.” Beliefs are like finely ...

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Innovation Metrics: Rock, Lava, Smoke

When organizations begin their innovation journey, they have no idea how to account for the many forms of value that get created. They may also have dormant fears about changing modes of work to effectively innovate. Yes, there is tangible value (read: real and significant ROI) generated from innovation, but there are also many other forms of value that range ...

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Innovating Takes Courage

Being an innovator takes courage. You are a guerrilla fighter waging war against the status quo, vested interests and corporate bureaucracy that have sophisticated defenses against intruders that seek to threaten their cash flow, culture and business models. You are fighting for the hearts and minds of patient customers ,payers, providers and non-users alike and will need to overcome your ...

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