Playing to Win in 2010

Since we’re about to flip the calendar and move into 2010, I thought I’d provide a bit of motivation to help focus your efforts as you prepare for the new business year ahead. Today’s message is not likely to please the politically correct. I’m not going to talk about competing or playing nicely, rather I’m going to address the topic ...

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Innovation Convergence

by Stephen Shapiro I never really thought much about toothpaste. But at the last two innovation conferences where I spoke, toothpaste was one of the hot topics. At the FT Innovate conference in London, Unilever discussed their “Signal White Now” (and other brands) toothpaste. Instead of using harsh bleaches and abrasives, they borrowed an optical-effect technology from their laundry team. ...

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Are your speeches Twitter-friendly?

When I conduct media training, we teach spokespeople to not just think in terms of sound bites, but to use those sound bites at the beginning of their answers. That way, they’re not only more quotable, but you have a better chance that the reporter is taking good notes and gets your comment recorded for use in their piece. Pretty ...

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Elevating HR to Drive Innovation

It’s every employee’s nightmare in recessionary times: finding a “pink slip” in the pay envelope, or getting a fateful phone call from HR. Over five million workers in America have had that gut-wrenching experience since the economy hit a wall in 2007. And this year the global layoff tsunami will claim millions more jobs worldwide. So I imagine that, right ...

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China vs. USA in Innovation

There’s an interesting new survey out from Newsweek about innovation. The survey compares the attitudes and expectations about the US and China in regard to innovation. In the survey there are some relatively unexpected differences and some safe assumptions and conclusions drawn. On the safe side, it’s not surprising that a majority of people in the US and China believe ...

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Four Quadrants of Innovation

Incremental versus Disruptive by Hutch Carpenter I recently wrote up a post, “Innovation Perspectives – No Shooting Stars.” In it, I discussed the issue of organizations myopically focusing on only disruptive innovations to the exclusion of more incremental or sustaining innovations. In doing more research on the subject, I began thinking about the dynamics that apply when a firm pursues ...

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Some Decisions are Forever

Earlier this year I commented on a decision by Panasonic to rein in R&D investment in flat-panel televisions and instead expand its reach into the entry-level market (see “Is Panasonic Kissing Its Future Goodbye?“). The company appeared to be eyeing significant market share opportunities offered up by the 2009 conversion to digital TV in the U.S. It was a bold ...

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Work Can Be Fun

by Kevin Roberts I don’t get a lot of free time, and that’s the way I like it. For me it’s never been about work-life balance, but always about work-life integration. Finding compelling and compatible work to who I am and who I want to continue being, and devoting everything I have to performing at peak, getting into flow. In ...

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12 Steps to Grow Diversity in Your Personal Network

Look at your network now compared to last year. Have you dramatically expanded the number of people you can call or email and be reasonably sure you’ll get a response from them? And that doesn’t mean from loading up on contacts inside your company using the “People You May Know” feature on LinkedIn. A network gains value through diversity – ...

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