Monthly Archives: July 2010

Business Models Versus Strategy Part 2

If You Need to Think About Business Models, You Don’t Have a Strategy in the First Place. by Idris Mootee Silicon Valley is probably the only place in the world where people puts lots of money into companies (technologies) before figuring how does it make money. And that’s where the term “business model” came from. I heard recently that someone ...

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Building Corporate Innovation Capability

Great Initiative from Statkraft by Stefan Lindegaard I have been invited to work with Statkraft, Europe’s largest renewable energy company on their Innovation Agent Programme. This is the second year, I am involved in this programme and I am quite impressed by their efforts. A key goal of the programme is to increase Statkraft’s innovation capability. This is partly measured ...

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Doing Nothing to Enhance Creativity

We are in such a fast paced society that we are always focused on achieving our goals. In business, these goals might be hitting quarterly earnings targets, sales quotas, or operating budgets. Even innovation initiatives are goal-driven. We measure ideas generated, time-to-market, and percent of revenue from new products. We are indeed a goal-driven society. And there is nothing wrong ...

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Rethinking Privacy

Bynamite – Is it the modern day Madonna-Whore complex? by Ric Merrifield Bynamite Reputationdefender MyIDPal Abine Foursquare . . .even Zillow Not familiar with these companies? You should be, because they are plotting the course for the future of internet privacy and how we interact with people and merchants. Bynamite is just the latest and there is a very good ...

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What's Your 2011 Strategy?

Why you need to get started now… by Matt Heinz Yes, I’m asking about January in July. You don’t have to have your budget set. You don’t need to know your January sales quota. But at this point in the year, you probably have a reasonable idea of how you’ll finish 2010. Especially if you work in a recurring-revenue business, ...

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Ideas as Killer Social Objects for Enterprise 2.0

Social objects. Familiar with that term? If you’re steeped in social media and Enterprise 2.0, you probably are. If not, here’s a good description by Sarah Perez on ReadWriteWeb: Social objects are objects that connect people with shared interests. Social objects are the core of any social software. They define the experience, the basis for connecting people and knowledge, and ...

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Why the 10 Top Reasons Don't Matter

Reason is highly over-rated. If you need more data to prove your point, you’ll never have enough data to prove your point. Analysis paralysis. You’re going to follow you gut, anyway. By the time you put your business case together, the market has passed you by. “Not everything that counts can be counted; and not everything that can be counted ...

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Six Social Media Metrics You Should Be Tracking

When thinking about your social media strategy, you should be planning for six important metrics. What are the six? There are three different levels of social media participation and two different types of metrics. Put them in a 3 x 2 metrics, and you get six. Here’s the rundown on the three social media engagement aspects to measure: Activity – ...

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Unlock Your Inner Edison

Aside from patenting over 1,000 ideas in his lifetime, Edison gave birth to the modern ideas-driven organization. As the Time article points out, his Menlo Park “invention factory” was “the forerunner of every business-world creative cockpit, from the Ford engineering center to the Microsoft campus and Google’s Googleplex.”

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Innovation Acceleration or Deceleration?

Do Your Innovation Emperor, Rules & Idea Management Help or Hinder the Process? by Robert F. Brands with Jeff Zbar In the pursuit of innovation, many “enlightened” companies try to follow what they believe are established morays and best practices. They install someone to manage new product development or innovation. They set up a litany of rules. And they select ...

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