Feature Of The Week

Understanding Emerging Innovation by Reviewing the Past

We tend to be very short-sighted, we corporate executives. Our lifespans are relatively brief, all things considered. There are over 240 years since the founding of the United States, and using a 20-year cycle for generations that suggest approximately 12 generations of people during that brief window. Most of us work for approximately 40 years, but we rarely consider the events or ...

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Planning Your Changes for 2017

Planning Your Changes for 2017

2017 promises to be a year of unprecedented change. As a result, it will be imperative for managers to empower themselves with the tools that will help effectively lead the change initiatives that will be required to cope with political and economic turmoil and threats from digital entrants intent on disrupting the industry your company may now lead (or aspire ...

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Create Your Invisible Advantage through a Culture of Innovation

Want a Culture of Innovation? Here’s how to create an organization focused on freethinking, an entrepreneurial spirit, and sustainable value creation at all levels across all functions. Editor’s note: This article based on Kaplan’s upcoming book, The Invisible Advantage Every organization is designed to get the results it gets. Poor performance comes from a poorly designed organization. Superior results emerge ...

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Building the Case for Successful Change

Charting Change Braden Kelley Quote

Recently I had the opportunity to sit down and have a chat with Will Sherlin of 3PillarGlobal about my latest book Charting Change on The Innovation Engine podcast. In this conversation we focused on how to make change efforts stick within any organization. Among the topics we discuss are how non-software companies can still benefit from Agile methodologies, how to ...

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The Tesla of Bikes Got a Brilliant Idea

VanMoof Electric Bicycle

What do you do when you sell expensive products online, and they arrive at your customers damaged? You have to come up with a brilliant idea. Check it out. Products getting damaged while being shipped, was a real challenge for Dutch bicycle manufacturer VanMoof, ‘the Tesla of Bikes’. They manufacture street bikes that are at the high-end of the market, equipped ...

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Multi-Target Look at Social Media and Open Innovation

Given social media’s incredible reach and the potential for new and even more amazing platforms to quickly evolve, companies must begin to figure out how to leverage this tremendous power. The starting point, I believe, is to understand that a multi-target approach is needed because most open innovation efforts lie in three different circles. There is often a significant overlap, ...

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Pushing My Personal Limits with Innovation

Physiclo Basketball Resistance Tights

About two months ago I came across an article in Engadget about Physiclo, a startup company launched to provide resistance clothing for athletes. I’m assuming their name Phyisclo is a mashup of the words physical + clothing. Cute. As a basketball player for which height and youth are not advantages (I’m about 5’8” and a bit past my 21st birthday ...

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The Next Frontier: Why innovation needs exploration

  In Sapiens, Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari argues that it was the exploratory mindset that led to European dominance over the world. Other empires, such as the Chinese and the Ottomans, had far greater military and economic power in the 18th century. Yet, it was the Europeans quest for understanding that made the difference. To explore, you first need ...

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