Innovation Failure Lessons from Virgin, Pfizer, Rock n Roll

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I was called up by Sir Richard Branson's first hire at Virgin Atlantic and recommended to contact a company called F*** Up Nights. Virgin's David Tait had spoken at one of their events in NYC on Virgin's more glorious failures and he thought I may have a story to share. Failure can be a much more powerful learning tool in business than success if we are willing to learn from it.

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Are You a Change Leader?

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The power is in the engine, but the wheel is in the bridge. When Lou Gerstner took over as CEO of IBM in 1993, he took the reins of an old and prestigious institution with a rich history. Gerstner had no experience in the computer industry, but he did know about leadership. His resume included senior positions at American Express ...

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To Adapt, We Need To Evolve

To Adapt, We Need To Evolve

When scientists decoded the human genome in 2001, they found something astounding. While our DNA provides the blueprint for everything about us—from how we develop in the womb to eye color and personality traits—it takes only 20,000 genes to do so, less than one fifth of what had previously been thought. What was even more mindblowing was the reason that they ...

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Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2016

Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2016

After a week of torrid voting and much passionate support, along with a lot of gut-wrenching consideration and jostling during the judging round, I am proud to announce your Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2016: . Robert F Brands Robert Brands was the founder of InnovationCoach.com, and the author of Robert’s Rules of Innovation: A 10-Step Program for Corporate Survival ...

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How to Protect Breakthrough Innovation

How to Protect Breakthrough Innovation

A company’s portfolio can generally be segmented into three types of innovation: incremental, adjacent, and breakthrough. Incremental innovations are minor improvements to existing products or small steps in to a new market. Adjacent innovations are more novel than incremental innovations and often involve applying an existing core competency in a new area. Breakthrough innovations, often referred to as transformational, radical, ...

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