3 Character Traits of a Good Innovation Manager

Almost every CEO that I meet wants to find out a way to out-innovate their competition. They want to innovate to improve their profits. They want to innovate so that they can help their customers innovate. And in the same breath, they also say that almost all their innovation projects are either struggling to take off or have not yielded the kind of results that looked possible.

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Platforms Are Eating The World

A recently as a decade ago, the world was largely dominated by “pipeline” businesses with linear value chains. We would buy products at retail outlets, or possibly their online versions, stay in hotel chains when traveling and hail taxis one the street and nobody thought much about it. Clearly, a lot has changed. Today, platforms like Amazon, Airbnb and Uber ...

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Best Advice You May Never Get

Best Advice You May Never Get

When you’re in a tempest the hardest and most important thing to do is not the most obvious. When you’re running a business everyone has advice. Some is good, some not so much. But there’s one piece of advice few people will ever get. Yet, far too many entrepreneurs desperately need to hear it. I was one of them. “Suddenly ...

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Failing Fast Causes More Failure

One scary statistic is that 70% of change initiatives fail. An overwhelming proportion of new product launches fail. Most new businesses fail. The sad fact is that failure is all around us. Is this why so many organizations talk about a fear of failure being one of their major innovation stumbling blocks? And, so what mantra do many innovation and ...

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