Disruption

The Only Three Swim Lanes that Matter to a Business

  In the course of my training with business leaders, we inevitably come to the existential business question… “What is the purpose of a business?” This is a great question, and one with a very simple answer. The purpose of a business is to create value. That’s it.  To create value.  Plain and simple.  That is what a business does. ...

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Why Companies are Investing More in Services and Software than Products

How to Protect Breakthrough Innovation

Since the release of its first polished-steel plow way back in 1837, John Deere has provided the heavy machinery to prep, plant and harvest crops. Over the years, it has evolved into a true American icon. And its green and yellow tractors are undoubtedly the first thing many people associate with the John Deere brand. Until recently, the company’s research ...

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What Else Can We Teach Through Rhythm?

It’s Time for a Fresh Approach — Rhythm Can Help Rhythm is inextricably tied to language. The human heartbeat shares a time signature with one of the most universal linguistic patterns known to man, the iambic meter (“Shall-I com-PARE thee-TO a-SUM mer’s-DAY?”). Speechwriters frequently use rhythm to their advantage, hoping to stir listeners with a specific cadence or tempo. Numerous ...

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War Games and the Forgetting Challenge

One of the hardest challenges facing any organization that aspires to innovate is overcoming the existing orthodoxy.  This is especially so when that orthodoxy has become a successful and well celebrated part of your company’s past, and has led to the successful rise through the ranks of many of your senior executives. It’s a topic I’ve touched on before, with ...

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How Formula 1 and other ‘extreme contexts’ inform breakthrough innovations [Case Studies]

Understanding the essence of our context can be the key to innovation In my last year at University, I had one course that caused me major headaches: Project management. In groups, we had to devise a project that provided a solution to a problem and implement it. The hardest part was, obviously, conceiving of an original idea. One day our ...

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TED Global: Open-Source, Open World [video]

Embrace our wide-open shareable future where everything’s hackable and the power of the crowd propels innovation… Massimo Banzi helped invent the Arduino, a tiny, easy-to-use open-source microcontroller that’s inspired thousands of people around the world to make the coolest things they can imagine — from toys to satellite gear. Because, as he says, “You don’t need anyone’s permission to make ...

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Serious Games & Innovation Management: Hélène Michel on Cubification™

Editor’s note: Hélène Michel is a researcher in innovative learning systems and an expert in serious games and gamification. She develops, imagines and experiments the digital tools that will be part of tomorrow’s classrooms. Innovation Excellence contributor, Nicolas Bry, shares his conversation with her. Hélène Michel is a brilliant professor at Management School of Grenoble, with a Ph.D. in Management, ...

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A Model for Dual Corporate Innovation Management

As rightly pointed out by Tim Kastelle recently, it’s imperative to distinguish discovery from execution when it comes to startup and innovation activities – bearing in mind that both purposes are complementary and equally important. Along with the case made in my previous post, this suggests following a dual approach to balanced corporate innovation management. The main objective of dual approaches is to sufficiently separate exploration-/discovery-oriented initiatives from exploitation-/execution-oriented ones ...

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