Strategy

Proactive versus Reactive Innovation: Learning from Nature

I’ve always believed that we can learn how to innovate, and organize our businesses by learning from nature. One example is to question Wall Street’s obsession with short-term results, by understanding how giant redwoods maximize long-term growth by embracing variations based on short-term changes in resources.   https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/does-wall-street-have-growth-wrong-giant-redwood-trees-pete-foley/.  I also believe that we can learn a lot about fast, agile decision-making ...

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The Best Reason NOT to Have a Backup Plan

I’m going to challenge your intuition and sense of self-preservation. But I’m going to do it in the name of something much greater, self-fulfillment. Stick with me for a few short minutes. I don’t watch much TV or cable, but a few years ago I got caught up in the drama of a live broadcast of Nik Wallenda’s tight rope ...

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Top 20 Innovation Articles of July 2018

Drum roll please… At the beginning of each month we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month that generated the most traffic to Innovation Excellence. We also publish a weekly Top 8 as part of our FREE email newsletter. Did your favorite make the cut? But enough delay, here are July’s twenty most popular innovation posts: Design Thinking ...

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How to Use the Three Horizons for Future Sensemaking

Plenty of pieces talk about the Three Horizons Framework from a 30k-50k ft level. However, this post will close the gaps and explore potential “tabletop” collaboration tips, templates, and examples to anchor this at a ground zero level. Do you have the capabilities to carry out those bets? Where would you invest your time, money, and energy? Visual foresight frameworks ...

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3 Problems With Positioning Statements

The concept of positioning statements has been around for decades, however just because you know what positioning is, doesn’t mean you understand how to do it. The classic positioning statement is a fill-in-the blanks exercise where you create a single phrase that encapsulates what your offering is about relative to your competition. It usually looks something like this: There Are ...

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Driving Digital Strategy to Reimagine Your Business

Recently I had the opportunity to interview Sunil Gupta, the Edward W. Carter Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, where he is the chair of the General Management Program and co-chair of the executive program on Driving Digital Strategy. His research examines the impact of digital technology on consumer behavior, business, and society. Dr. Gupta is the author ...

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Top 20 Innovation Articles of June 2018

Drum roll please… At the beginning of each month we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month that generated the most traffic to Innovation Excellence. We also publish a weekly Top 8 as part of our FREE email newsletter. Did your favorite make the cut? But enough delay, here are June’s twenty most popular innovation posts: A Boomers ...

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