The 4 Standout Attributes of Truly Great Innovators

The 4 Standout Attributes of Truly Great Innovators - Innovation Excellence

In the process of researching my book, Mapping Innovation, I talked to a diverse group of successful innovators. One underlying premise of mine is that there isn't one “true” path to innovation, so I expected to see a variety of approaches and that’s indeed what I found. However, I also noticed that some remarkably constant themes emerged, and great innovators had four attributes in common.

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3 Innovation Types: Evolution, Preventative, Creative

3 Innovation Types: Evolution, Preventative, Creative - Innovation Excellence

We've positioned innovation incorrectly. Too often we position innovation as creating a new and valuable offering or solution, ready when customers are ready to demand new products and services. We've positioned innovation as something to do to prepare for future business, future needs and future demands. Yet, innovation does answer these issues...

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Strategic Transformation at Tennis Canada

My friend Roger Martin (#3 on Thinkers50 list) penned a terrific article in The European Business Review on how the Canadian professional tennis association rose from oblivion to now boasting two young players ranked well inside the top 10 on the professional tennis circuit…in less than ten years. As of this writing, Eugenie Bouchard is ranked #7, and Milos Raonic ...

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The 30 Year Rule – How Long Does Innovation Take?

The 30 Years Rule – How Long Does Innovation Take? - Innovation Excellence

“Agile” has become the mantra for the digital age. If you don’t move fast, so the thinking goes, you can never be any good, because your competitors will get there first and you’ll be left in the dust. In many circles, this notion has become so well established that no one even thinks to question it anymore. While agility is ...

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Small Business Revolution: Re-energize Brands and Market Research [podcast]

Small Busines sRevolution

Innovators and product managers need to think more strategically to expand their success – to become product masters. This is what executive teams want from their product managers, and this interview with my guest is a great case study for thinking strategically and reshaping an entire organization. What if you could create a new product that significantly increased the visibility ...

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