Monthly Archives: July 2010

Managing for Innovation


You’ll note the title of the blog post – managing for innovation. Not “managing innovation” which is akin to “herding cats”. No, managing for innovation. In other words, setting out the environment, atmosphere and behaviors to inculcate innovation in the environment of the organization, rather than using a microscope and a magnifying glass on every activity to ensure that innovation ...

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Teetering on the Edge of Innovation


According to, “the competitive edge of the United States economy has eroded sharply over the last decade …” According to a number of recent studies about global innovation and competitiveness, this appears to be true. While great for the rest of the world, the United States desperately needs to differentiate and seek relevance in the global arena. “The United ...

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Win Business from Competitors by Being a Nuisance


A Competitive Strategy Exercise by Mike Brown A tenacious competitor can seem as daunting as a summer heat wave which won’t break for anything. If that describes your competitive strategy position, it can be difficult to devise an innovative strategy to win new business from a tough competitor. There is a creative way to swat back a competitor, however, which ...

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Eat More Innovation


Are you willing to crawl through the mud for innovation? by Holly G. Green Have you seen the new HBO made-for-TV movie called “Temple Grandin?” It’s a powerful story about a woman, Temple Grandin, who overcame autism to become one of the most influential figures in today’s livestock and animal husbandry industry. Not only is Temple’s story a testament to ...

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Peter Drucker on Innovation


Many people struggle with trying to define innovation, or what innovation is within an organization. I’ve recently been re-reading one of the best business books I have, “The Essential Drucker. The Best of Sixty Years of Peter Drucker’s Writings on Management” which is a compendium of his writings. Drucker wrote that purposeful innovation results from analysis, systemic review and hard ...

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Innovation by Observation


The Rise of the Biomimetist by Yann Cramer One of IDEO’s ten faces of innovation is the anthropologist: the one who observes human behaviors and actions to discover wasted effort that could be turned into an innovation challenge. In the past decade, an eleven’s face has been quietly but steadily rising to prominence in the innovation team: the biomimetist, who ...

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Innovation Perspectives – Digging in the Jungle

This is the fifth of several ‘Innovation Perspectives‘ articles we will publish this week from multiple authors to get different perspectives on ‘How should firms identify innovation opportunities and predict market potential at very early stages and in new areas (“green fields”) and ambiguous environments?’. Here is the next perspective in the series: by Mike Dalton Last month’s perspective suggested ...

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Innovation is The Art of the Impossible


You’ve perhaps heard the saying that politics is the art of the possible. Otto von Bismarck said that over a hundred and thirty years ago. He was the chancellor of the German nation. You’d think that a guy with that much power would have been able to push almost anything through, no matter how harebrained. But he realized and accepted ...

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Innovation Hubs in the United States


Well it’s about time! The United States Department of Energy (DOE) announced in May that it’s launching three Energy Innovation Hubs, designed to “help advance highly promising areas of energy science and engineering from the early stage of research to the point where the technology can be handed off to the private sector.” These hubs not only demonstrate the nation’s ...

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