Monthly Archives: December 2015

The Big Change Management Lie

The idea that people always resist change is a lie, and it is extremely damaging to organization's seeking to increase their organizational agility. The truth is that people only resist changes that they either do not understand or for which they do not interpret there to be benefits great enough to offset the costs of their participation. The truth is also that the natural response to a potential change in an organization is greatly impacted by the level of trust in an organization.

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Missing Your NPD Targets?

If a manufacturing company committed to deliver 100 items per day to a customer from a line capable of producing only 50 items per day, it would not stay in business for long. Capacity planning is standard for manufacturing, but many companies don’t diligently capacity plan their new product development (NPD) pipeline, and some expect managers to just “figure it out”. Later, they wonder why their projects are consistently late or miss target market windows.

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How Science Can Unlock the Eureka Experience

I believe that innovation and design are ultimately about people. Psychology, and the perceptual and behavioral sciences represent the best understanding we have today about how people think. So to take our innovation to the highest level, we need to borrow extensively from them whenever we can.

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Innovation’s #1 Success Dynamic

We all know that innovation success is hard to come by – for decades about 75% of all innovations have failed within five years, with most failing in 18-24 months. For an innovation to succeed, it needs to switch many (often very, very many) direct and indirect competitive product users to the innovative product.

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The Access Economy

When Henry Ford started his company in 1903, he did more than just create a car or an assembly line (neither of which he actually invented). What he did was establish an entirely new form of organization, culminating in the vertically integrated River Rouge complex that was completed in 1928.

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Why Intrapreneurs Should be Valued by Corporate Leaders: An Introduction

The power and freedom that entrepreneurs and their startups embody is reinforced through a constant stream of media highlighting success, purpose and (mostly bullsh*t) bucolic work environments. As the global economy improves, business leaders of established corporate organizations need to consider how they can introduce an entrepreneurial spirit. Intrapreneurs are the answer, and this article provides a high level overview.

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