Tag Archives: Business Models

Is Business Killing Our Creative Spirits?

This week there was an article on INC. magazine that was wildly popular on social media. Elon Musk named his favorite books and there was only one business book out of 10. The rest were Science Fiction, Classics, Great Books. Many were surprised to learn that Musk finds inspiration in the arts and other fields and finds the canon of ...

Read More »

The Bright (and Innovative) Future of the Mom and Pop Shop

Small businesses can't compete with the massive logistics machines and bargaining power of mega retailers. Prime retail space prevents competing with the cost structure of online retailers, who ship out of low-rent warehouses, and may avoid sales tax for being out-of-state; or they can't offer same variety of online retailers. Yet, there is a future for small businesses...if they understand their advantage.

Read More »

Have You Tried New Ways to Innovate?

After relying on cost and operational efficiencies to grow the bottom line, many businesses are emerging from an innovation slumber post-recession. Now there is an imperative to refocus on organic growth. The importance of innovation in driving this growth is resurfacing to the top of the agenda. For many organizations, there are some radically new behavioural, structural and operational models of meeting this challenge are gaining popularity.

Read More »

Why Being First is not Always an Advantage

Why Being First is not Always an Advantage - Innovation Excellence

As an investor, I often heard entrepreneurs claiming being first to market as an advantage. However, you must remember that Facebook wasn't the first social media platform, Apple didn't produce the first cellphone, and Dell didn't make the first PC. In fact, MySpace, Motorola, and IBM were the first in those fields.

Read More »

Overcoming Innovation’s Roadblocks: Overlooked Assets

_____ Despite well-laid plans and big investment, most innovation is slow and unpredictable. How to make it faster and more efficient? Supercharge your ideas with the assets and capabilities you already possess.   This is the second piece in a multipart series on the Roadblocks to Innovation—where we’ll be providing real-world examples, actionable insights and practical tools that can help ...

Read More »

Shoe Dog: 11 Lessons from the Creator of Nike

I’m a sneakerhead. In English, that means that I collect trainers. I love the aesthetics of the shoes, but perhaps more so the dynamics of the collectibles market which Nike effectively created. In his new book, Phil ‘Shoe Dog’ Knight, the founder, former CEO and now Executive Chairman of Nike, he tells his story of taking the business from humble origins, through an IPO in 1980 and onto its current $30 billion market capitalisation.

Read More »