Monthly Archives: October 2010

Measure Innovation Outcomes

If Boston, NYC, and San Francisco are the top three U.S. innovation cities why do their economic, education, health care, and energy systems produce the same poor results as cities around the rest of the country? I read the recent Top Innovation Cities of the Global Economy report from 2thinknow ranking the top 100 global innovation cities with great interest. ...

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Harley Stays Cool in the Heat

Few brands were hit as hard by the recession as Harley-Davidson. Demand for motorcycles has taken a hit, and demand for premium motorcycles has taken an even bigger hit. It’s hard to sell a lot of twenty-some-thousand-dollar bikes when discretionary income is at a premium. Harley’s revenues continue to suffer, dipping 7.7 percent in the third quarter. Under these circumstances, ...

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Choosing Optimism


The writer Douglas Coupland, coiner of the phrase GenX, is an ominous kind of guy. In a reverse mirror image, he’s calling himself a “radical pessimist” against my school of “radical optimism.” By radical I’m not just meaning extreme, but consciously applied, as per the Rules for Radicals classic by late veteran activist Saul Alinsky. Coupland’s school of radical pessimism ...

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Importance of Icebreakers to Brainstorming


Often brainstorm workshops are being held for groups of people who normally don’t work as a team. For example people from different departments or layers from a company. In the workshop the group is expected to brainstorm about a topic in a very short time (one or two hours). As a warming-up exercise for the workshop attendees, I like to ...

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Creating Lasting Influence

Anyone can create moments of influence, but creating lasting influence is where your sights should be set. Understanding how to leverage the influence factor can make a defining difference in your ability to drive change, build cohesive teams, and to successfully implement strategic vision. As a leader your “Influence Quotient” is the IQ you need to pay attention to. In ...

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Are You Ready for the Pendulum Swing?


Without question, the past recession has hit many companies hard. But as business leaders struggling to keep our companies afloat, we sometimes forget that it’s been hard on employees as well, including those who managed to keep their jobs. According to a survey conducted earlier this year by Kelton Research, today’s employees are feeling under-empowered, underappreciated, demotivated, and overworked. In ...

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Increasing Global Demand for Innovation Success

I recently conducted an innovation workshop in Kuala Lumpur. The energy and enthusiasm for innovation from firms that attended is really impressive. We had attendees from Malaysia and Thailand, as well as from Sudan. For all the firms represented, innovation represents a method to drive new differentiation and new revenues based on new products, new services and new business models. ...

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Innovation and Business Models

Which must come first? by Stephanie Baron Day one of the EPIC conference convinced us that open innovation, while not being a one size fits all, can be tried and will deliver results in every industry. Chicken first! Day two of the conference embarked us on exploring new business models in those open partnerships systems. We started with a chicken ...

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5 Ways To Improve Your Innovation Pipeline


How healthy is your company’s innovation pipeline? Is it already operating at peak performance, helping you pump out a torrent of new growth opportunities across product, market, and industry spaces? Or would it be fairer to say that there is still room for improvement? If so, allow me to suggest five design rules for enlarging and enhancing your innovation pipeline. ...

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