Companies don’t innovate, people do.

Big companies hold tightly to what they have until they feel threatened by upstarts, and not before. They mobilize only when they see their sales figures dip below the threshold of tolerability, and no sooner. And if they’re the market leaders, they delay their mobilization through rationalization. The dip is due to general economic slowdown that is out of our ...

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Innovation vs. Ethics: The road to hell is paved with good intentions

  Mary Shelley’s 1818 depiction of Victor Frankenstein and his abomination has become synonymous with the creation of monsters since, both literally and figuratively. Innovations often take on lives of their own, independent of their innovators’ wishes and intentions, and though perhaps created with the best of intentions, the old adage is that “the road to hell is paved with ...

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Embedding Innovation into Your Organization

It takes two factors to make innovation real at an organization: concepts and culture. Work on both at the same time and the rest will emerge as a by-product of the process. If you outsource your innovation efforts, you will end up with concepts that will not be accepted by your existing culture. Some concepts might be potent enough to ...

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How Success Can Become Your Enemy

If you've started a company chances are pretty good that you saw a pattern of opportunity emerging in the marketplace that most other people hadn't yet noticed. Identifying that pattern and then capitalizing on it meant convincing investors, employees, and customers that the pattern really existed--well before it was obvious. All of that preaching requires so much effort that once you've established a pattern for success you've just about etched it in granite.

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True Corporate Innovators Aren’t Who You Would Expect

Corporate innovation managers have one of the most difficult but necessary challenges in any organisation: trying to disrupt the organisation from the inside. An entrepreneur’s natural style of working is nimble. They take risks and swerve bureaucracy. They have decision making rights about where to spend time, money and resources. So, when entrepreneurial employees or ex-entrepreneurs are hired into corporate ...

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The New Era of Mass Collaboration

Today, we’re entering a new era, where open platforms are going beyond just software and starting to take hold in everything from scientific research to manufacturing. As our ability to connect to ecosystems of talent, technology and information continues to increase exponentially, the solution to many tough problems is becoming more social than technical.

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Los Alamos Innovation

Although we often think of nuclear weapons technology as advanced, cutting-edge, and modern, in fact the dawn of the era of atomic weapons was over 70 years ago. The most current nuclear weapon designs in the U.S. arsenal are 40 years old.

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