culture

Taking the NO out of InNOvation

10 NO’s Blocking Business Innovation by Mike Brown From experience and ongoing research, there are fairly common situations Blocking Business Innovation across companies. No business has all of them, but the presence of just a couple of them will scuttle the most modest dreams of bringing new possibilities to life to benefit others. None of these NO’s are insurmountable, so ...

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The Twitter Library – For the Record

by Kevin Roberts The US Library of Congress recently announced an agreement with Twitter to create a digital archive of the several billion tweets that have been published on the site since it started life in 2006. The thinking is that this will allow future generations to look back and see what mattered to us, much in the same way ...

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Is China an Innovative Society?

I tapped into an interesting discussion on LinkedIn. Chris Gelken, who is host and co-producer of Today, a live news magazine, asked whether China is an innovative society. Personally, I find the development of China to be both fascinating and a bit frightening seen from a Western perspective. Based on several visit, my take is that if China avoids too ...

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Real Reason Amazon Should Acquire Netflix

Amazon and Netflix might be great together, but not for the reasons you might think. The way I see this, it’s a little bit like peanut butter and chocolate, two great tastes you might not expect to go well together. People are talking about the possible acquisition of video company Netflix by Amazon, and they are speculating that it has ...

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Will Cadbury give Kraft indigestion?

After months of intrigue, Kraft finally made a successful bid for venerable British candy maker Cadbury, leaving archrival Hershey’s on the sidelines. Kraft management predicts that the $50 billion combined company will be able to save $675 million over three years, but that’s not the primary reason for the merger. It’s all about global distribution and access to developing markets. ...

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Innovation vs Commoditization

You can hardly turn around these days without running into some sort of reference to innovation. Dozens of books about the topic line the shelves at Borders and Barnes & Noble, from “The Art of Innovation” to “The Myths of Innovation.” Innovation is rapidly becoming the latest business buzzword. But before you dump ‘innovation’ into the jargon dustbin along with ...

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Org Chart Kool Aid

Since Organizational theory is a hot topic these days, I thought I’d poke a bit of fun at that old corporate tradition that is the Organization Chart. Over the years I’ve seen every type of org chart in existence. Some have come and gone only to come again. Every year or two the latest revolutionary thinking in corporate organizational theory ...

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Culture Doesn't Trump Strategy

I was checking Twitter yesterday while getting ready to board my flight when a quote attributed to @zappos (Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos) came across my timeline. It read “Culture Trumps Strategy.” I did a double-take on this as it just didn’t resonate with me. Then my timeline started to get peppered with Retweets of this quote from some very ...

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Realistic Impossibilities

Being on the wrong end of the continuum between realistic and impossible is what plagues many of today’s large multi-national corporations. The fear of failure by employees who are only partially engaged and don’t entirely feel like valued members of the team, will always translate into goals and ideas that are mediocre and achievable and never ones that are innovative ...

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Creating Conditions for an Innovation Culture

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about “creating a culture of innovation”, which is what a lot of firms suggest they want to do. Of course this is a very lofty goal. Changing a corporate culture doesn’t happen easily, and it certainly doesn’t happen overnight. Yet clearly one of the most significant barriers to innovation is the entrenched culture of ...

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