Monthly Archives: April 2011

Innovation Management's Dirty Little Secret

I recently met a sales executive that has been in the innovation management industry for some time – in fact, for over nine years. During that time, he has worked for six different vendors who have implemented their solutions at a variety of organizations. He told me that “the industry has a dirty little secret – not one of the ...

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So Much for the New York Times Paywall

We talked last week about the New York Times’ introduction of a paywall for access to their very popular website in order to increase revenue for the ailing paper. The New York Times is about to introduce a paywall to its very popular website as part of a plan to turn online visitors into paying customers. It’s part of their ...

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5 Things that Drive Intrapreneurs

Entrepreneurs are driven by passion, an urge to execute on their ideas and the chance to strike gold. Intrapreneurs (entrepreneur-minded people within large companies) do not have quite the same personal reasons for what they do. Yet they still have to be in an environment where they can bring on innovation that makes a difference. So what drives intrapreneurs? Here ...

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Participation to Build a Nation

While in Africa the world’s eyes are focused on Libya, further down the continent South Sudan is working through the process of formally separating from North Sudan to become the world’s newest nation. After years of civil war there are still strong tensions between the two states, but it was great to discover how the South chose a song in ...

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Red Oceans for Bleach Innovation

I read with some amusement today the good article by Michael Schrage entitled Lafley’s Ambiguous Gift of Innovation Failure. If you haven’t read it yet, please do so then return here. I’ll wait. Interesting, don’t you think? P&G wanted to enter the bleach market, spent months if not years preparing a product, a branding campaign and a test market, and ...

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Groupon Bubble About to Burst?

Is it just me, or does something seem fundamentally…I don’t know…off about the business models of Groupon, Living Social and the like? I just read that Living Social is a few steps closer to achieving its goal of being in 300 markets by year-end, and is boasting of some 24 million subscribers—big numbers that are nevertheless dwarfed by Groupon’s 50 ...

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15 Reasons Conventional Wisdom Inhibits Innovation

Conventional wisdom permeates the common no’s standing in the way of innovation. That’s just reason one why conventional wisdom blows. Here are 14 other reasons conventional wisdom inhibits innovation: It’s based on past experiences which could have nothing to do with today. It shoots down different ideas out of hand. It provides an excuse to not try changing the status ...

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Role of R&D in Driving Product Adoption

Most organizations strive to keep their product developers locked up far away from customers. After all, you never know what an engineer or designer might say. Those R&D guys tend to be coldly straight, to the point and struggle with the concept of “spin,” which can be kind of scary. They also deeply understand the product, its special nuances, performance ...

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