Why Hollywood Will Succeed Where BP Has Failed

As efforts to contain the Gulf spill appear to be on the brink of collapse, Costner’s Ocean Therapy device is going to be tested in real life conditions – monstrously larger than life conditions, actually. As a scientist or simply a logical human being can I affirm that the device will work? No, I can’t. But I will. Why? Let’s ...

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3GTV is Going to Change the World

. . . and make Foursquare relevant by Ric Merrifield 3GTV is the brainchild of Automated Media Services, and they are putting little screens in stores right next to products they promote and show commercials for those products. The notion of having what amounts to a tiny TV screen next to the Kraft Macaroni & Cheese would have sounded bizarre ...

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Ownership of Innovation

In order to achieve innovation, a champion within an organization must take ownership – one of Robert’s Rules of Innovation imperatives. The champion, whether an officer or executive manager within the company, has the responsibility of convincing others to work outside their comfort zone, even if they are resistant to change. To take ownership, the champion, ideally somebody that is ...

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The Learning CEO

“The Learning CEO” is a phrase I coined a number of years back to help my clients understand the high correlation between actionable, applied knowledge and success as a leader. As an advisor to CEOs, there is little doubt that I’m passionate about CEO development. There is one simple reason why…it works. Great CEOs are like a sponge when it ...

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Outsourcing Innovation

Over the last 20 years or so, as global barriers fell and telecommunications and information infrastructure increased, it has become easier and cheaper to outsource some functions. In the US this started with NAFTA for manufacturing and then moved to Taiwan and to mainland China. For services it started in the nineties as many firms moved high overhead operations like ...

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Apple – The Open Innovation Exception

Ben Verleg recently asked about my views on Apple and innovation. The short version is that I am big fan of Apple products and if you can make such great products, you obviously also do well with regards to innovation. One thing I really like about Apple is that they seem to understand that innovation goes beyond the product itself. ...

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Seth Godin Interview (World Innovation Forum)

I had the opportunity to interview Seth Godin, author of “Linchpin”, “Purple Cow”, “Tribes” and nine other books, at the World Innovation Forum 2010 in New York, NY. On stage, Seth Godin presented mostly a fusion of content from “Tribes” and “Linchpin”. He started by defining innovation as doing ‘stuff’ that’s impossible, otherwise someone would already be doing it. Seth ...

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Wendy Kopp Interview (World Innovation Forum)

I had the opportunity to interview Wendy Kopp, Founder and CEO of Teach for America at the World Innovation Forum. Wendy is also the CEO and Founder of Teach For All, and the author of “One Day, All Children…”. “Twenty years ago, the prevailing notion was that there was no way to eliminate educational inequality based on socio-economics in the ...

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