Innovation

Don’t Forget to Plan Your Exit

Simple question for you. What are your ambitions for your business? Simple, right? Why then do so many entrepreneurs and leaders of growing business have such a tough time answering it? It's always the first question I ask of the leaders I work with. Most often the response feels as though it hasn't been thought out; never even been considered. I usually get ...

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Seek Simplicity, But Distrust It

Keep Innovation Management Simple

You only need to look at any Apple product to understand our fascination with simplicity. The sleek lines, intuitive user interface and human centered design give us a feeling of power over our technology. You don’t need a complicated user manual to instruct you, you just pick it up and go. Unfortunately though, that simplicity is mostly a mirage. Underneath ...

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Companies don’t innovate, people do.

Big companies hold tightly to what they have until they feel threatened by upstarts, and not before. They mobilize only when they see their sales figures dip below the threshold of tolerability, and no sooner. And if they’re the market leaders, they delay their mobilization through rationalization. The dip is due to general economic slowdown that is out of our ...

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Innovation vs. Ethics: The road to hell is paved with good intentions

  Mary Shelley’s 1818 depiction of Victor Frankenstein and his abomination has become synonymous with the creation of monsters since, both literally and figuratively. Innovations often take on lives of their own, independent of their innovators’ wishes and intentions, and though perhaps created with the best of intentions, the old adage is that “the road to hell is paved with ...

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