Monthly Archives: November 2010

What Designers and Design Thinkers Can Learn from Complex Adaptive Systems

In early 1995 I was obsessed with the new science of complexity and have spent a lot of time on cellula automata and was looking for new clues to illuminate strategy making when emerging technologies were causing uncertainties in the world of business. I questioned the relevance as well as applicability of many social science theories and economic theories in ...

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Innovating Political Elections with Division

In honor of election day in the United States I thought I would run this post: The Division template of the corporate innovation method, S.I.T., works by listing the components of the product or service, then dividing out a component either physically, functionally, or by preserving the characteristics of the whole. Here is a unique example of the Division template ...

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Companies Should Build Teams Not Communities

Recently, I posted a response to all the wonderful comments and contributions that you all made to my last post on “Why Companies Shouldn’t Build Online Communities“. As I plan to delve further into this idea of “Social Teams”, I thought I’d re-post that reply as a post in its own right so as to make it easier for people ...

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Build a Marketing Plan in 3 Easy Spreadsheet Tabs

If your company is deep in planning mode for 2011 (or soon will be, or should be), and you’re in charge of acquisition marketing, consider dumping the PowerPoint slides and lengthy Word documents this year in lieu of a single, simple spreadsheet. It will save you time. It will guide your work for months to come. Your CFO will love ...

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October's Top Ten Innovation and Marketing Articles

This year I thought I would experiment with a Top Ten list at the beginning of each month, profiling the ten posts from the previous month that generated the most traffic to Blogging Innovation. So, without further ado, here are October’s ten most popular innovation or marketing posts: Recessions and Innovation are Funny Things – by Boris Pluskowski The Nine ...

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Better to be an Innovation Cannibal

We keep hearing that the whole point of strategy is build a sustainable competitive advantage. This makes some sense, up to a point. The problem though is that the skills and routines that help us build one can also constrain us, and prevent us from responding to a changing environment. That change can be someone who has come up with ...

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Leading in the Dark

It’s often the case that people expect their leaders to be decisive — able to make difficult decisions quickly. Indeed, this kind of behavior is interpreted as one of the hallmarks of good leadership. The reality is different, however. The “rush to judgment” mindset creates undue pressure on leaders — the kind of pressure that causes them to prematurely choose ...

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iPad’s Climb Up the Disruptive Innovation Cycle

Blockbuster’s recent bankruptcy filing was yet another chapter in the Clayton Christensen annals of disruptive innovation. A major brand with convenient locations that got disrupted by a website and the U.S. Mail. Note that we’re seeing the back-end of the disruption, when it all seems so clear. How easy is it to see such a disruption beforehand? “Not very” would ...

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The Social Media Fad is Ending

I recently attended a confab of senior-level executives who oversee online and digital activities at a variety of leading corporations. While what happened at the conference was enlightening, I think I may have been more enlightened by what I didn’t see happening: social media activity. I have to admit, that confused me. My first clue was when I asked around ...

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