Monthly Archives: July 2009

Creating a Culture of Innovation

I define innovation as an “organization’s ability to adapt and evolve repeatedly and rapidly to stay one step ahead of the competition.” A culture of innovation, when done right, gives you a competitive edge because it makes you more nimble with an increased ability to sense and respond to change. A culture of innovation has less to do specifically with ...

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Five Ways to Create Innovation Throughout Your Life

When innovation is brought up in a business context, we mostly think about, well, the business. We think of innovations related to products, business models, go-to-market strategies and the like. This blog does a great job of identifying and promoting specific strategies and tactics for accelerating and maximizing innovation through those and other business-specific contexts. But your business strategy is ...

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Time for a Disruptive Business Model?

How disruptive is your business model? While much has been written about corporate vision, mission, process, leadership, strategy, branding and a variety of other business practices, it is the engineering of these practices to be disruptive that maximizes opportunities. Without a disruptive focus you are merely building your business model on a “me too” platform of mediocrity. As we move ...

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Building a Better Innovation Business Model

Whether you’re a professional innovator or someone driving innovation to grow your business, chances are you need more support to get projects delivered to market. Question: Does your innovation business model catalyze your goals or crush them? When You Have To Deliver, You Learn To Deliver In 1999, Jim Collins wrote a brilliant piece in the Harvard Business Review, “Turning ...

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Innovation Internships

Business schools and companies need to create more internships dedicated to innovation. Most MBA internships continue to focus on traditional core functions like marketing, finance, and strategy. A few schools have innovation internships, but they focus on the technical and design points-of-view. The mainstream, non-technical B-School programs are missing an opportunity. Innovation internships are a great way to infuse an ...

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Strategic Creativity Isn't Expensive

Many conversations recently have addressed the misperception that creativity, by definition, takes time, money, and effort that can’t be afforded right now because of the economy. A couple of examples: Someone showed me a meeting announcement for an “ideation” session to which they’d been invited. It referenced the range of ideas under consideration as “creative and practical and everything in ...

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Culture Is as Culture Does – Enterprise 2.0

“We get frustrated when we hear “motherhood and apple-pie” lessons about Enterprise 2.0. I would have screamed had I heard one more speaker or seen one more tweet telling me “it’s not about the tools, you know. It’s about culture.” Yes, we heard. We agree. But we are past this. Let’s now talk about the nature of effective culture change. ...

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iPhone Virtual Reality

Real and virtual worlds are about to collide in a big way. In September with the expected release of iPhone OS 3.1, some pretty amazing augmented reality applications will begin appearing for the iPhone 3GS. These applications overlay useful info on your view of the real-world using the iPhone’s camera. The new crop of augmented reality applications due in September ...

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FREE – A Followup

FREE is an idea I’ve played with before. Now Chris Anderson, the brilliant editor of Wired and Long Tail advocate, has turned his attention to the four letter word that is shocking business people everywhere. I remember back in the day when sixties radical Abbie Hoffman titled his most famous publication “Steal This Book.” What a title! It was a ...

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Book Review – "The Silver Lining" by Scott Anthony

A couple of weeks ago I received “The Silver Lining” by Scott Anthony in the mail. “The Silver Lining” is a relatively short, easy, and pleasant read. Scott introduces several different concepts in the book in addition to the main thesis – which seems to be that companies must prune their innovation portfolios, refeature their products to meet ever-changing customer ...

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