Can You Have Slow Innovation?

by Jeffrey Phillips Just as the peacekeeper missile and “postal service” have entered the lexicon as oxymorons, I’d like to add another: slow innovation. Clearly, slow or cautious innovation is anathema to innovation and an oxymoron. Why is there such an emphasis on speed where innovation is concerned? Innovators have to respond quickly with new ideas, and implement the ideas ...

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Innovation Perspectives – Yes, No, and Everything In Between

This is the third of several ‘Innovation Perspectives‘ articles we will publish this week from multiple authors to get different perspectives on The Importance of Innovation Strategy. Here is the next perspective in the series: by Mike Brown Does an organization need an innovation strategy? Let me say, unequivocally, “It depends.” Depending on its business situation, there are multiple strategic ...

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What's Your Lifeline for Innovation?

by Stephen Shapiro During dinner the other night, I compared crowdsourcing to the lifelines on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” Imagine you are sitting in the hot seat. The show’s host asks you a question. You are nervous and can’t think straight. You believe you know the answer to the question, but $64,000 is on the line. You are ...

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Start with the Why

by Matt Heinz Too many sales & marketing messages, unfortunately, talk about “what” and “how”. And at the front of the sales process, that’s a shame. You’re proud of what you’ve built, which is great. You have six new features in the latest version, awesome. But if you lead your pitch with a description of what you’re selling, or how ...

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Top 10 Gary Hamel Insights (Spigit Innovation Summit)

by Braden Kelley I had the good fortune to hear Gary Hamel of London Business School’s Management Innovation Lab speak on the first day of the Spigit Innovation Summit on August 13, 2009. Here are the top ten insights that I captured from Gary Hamel’s speech: We need to openly challenge our corporate management policies and processes, and experiment like ...

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Innovation Perspectives – Leveraging Intrapreneurs

This is the second of several ‘Innovation Perspectives‘ articles we will publish this week from multiple authors to get different perspectives on The Importance of Innovation Strategy. On the heels of Braden Kelley’s kickoff, here is another perspective: by Steve Todd If a corporation lacks a cohesive and well understood innovation strategy, can it still be productive and creative? I ...

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Great Ideas Aren't Innovation

by Mike Myatt “Ideas Don’t Equal Innovation” and I can prove it…It is my hope that today’s post will serve to help dispel the myth that ideas are inherently good things. Let me state right from the outset that I place little value on ideas. Not only do raw ideas have little intrinsic value, but they are often very costly. ...

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Don't Be Commoditized

by Steve McKee The other day I met with about a dozen smart, aggressive CEOs, all of whom run successful companies. Most of them, like most of us, are struggling in the current economic environment. The conversation turned to the pressure on margins they’re facing, particularly in industries where distinguishing one competitor from another can be difficult. The question on ...

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An Internet Innovation

Imagine a Web site that detects a visitor’s “thinking” style and “morphs” its look and feel to suit that visitor’s style? Professor Glen Urban and his colleagues at M.I.T. describe an approach in the Sloan Management Review article, “Morph the Web To Build Empathy, Trust and Sales.” They collaborated with BT Group, a UK telecom company, to create a Web ...

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