Building a Better Innovation Business Model

Whether you’re a professional innovator or someone driving innovation to grow your business, chances are you need more support to get projects delivered to market. Question: Does your innovation business model catalyze your goals or crush them? When You Have To Deliver, You Learn To Deliver In 1999, Jim Collins wrote a brilliant piece in the Harvard Business Review, “Turning ...

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Innovation Internships

Business schools and companies need to create more internships dedicated to innovation. Most MBA internships continue to focus on traditional core functions like marketing, finance, and strategy. A few schools have innovation internships, but they focus on the technical and design points-of-view. The mainstream, non-technical B-School programs are missing an opportunity. Innovation internships are a great way to infuse an ...

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Strategic Creativity Isn't Expensive

Many conversations recently have addressed the misperception that creativity, by definition, takes time, money, and effort that can’t be afforded right now because of the economy. A couple of examples: Someone showed me a meeting announcement for an “ideation” session to which they’d been invited. It referenced the range of ideas under consideration as “creative and practical and everything in ...

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Culture Is as Culture Does – Enterprise 2.0

“We get frustrated when we hear “motherhood and apple-pie” lessons about Enterprise 2.0. I would have screamed had I heard one more speaker or seen one more tweet telling me “it’s not about the tools, you know. It’s about culture.” Yes, we heard. We agree. But we are past this. Let’s now talk about the nature of effective culture change. ...

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iPhone Virtual Reality

Real and virtual worlds are about to collide in a big way. In September with the expected release of iPhone OS 3.1, some pretty amazing augmented reality applications will begin appearing for the iPhone 3GS. These applications overlay useful info on your view of the real-world using the iPhone’s camera. The new crop of augmented reality applications due in September ...

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FREE – A Followup

FREE is an idea I’ve played with before. Now Chris Anderson, the brilliant editor of Wired and Long Tail advocate, has turned his attention to the four letter word that is shocking business people everywhere. I remember back in the day when sixties radical Abbie Hoffman titled his most famous publication “Steal This Book.” What a title! It was a ...

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Book Review – "The Silver Lining" by Scott Anthony

A couple of weeks ago I received “The Silver Lining” by Scott Anthony in the mail. “The Silver Lining” is a relatively short, easy, and pleasant read. Scott introduces several different concepts in the book in addition to the main thesis – which seems to be that companies must prune their innovation portfolios, refeature their products to meet ever-changing customer ...

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Part 1 – The Power of the Question (Shanghai)

Lots of bad stuff happening in China right now. So let’s talk about some good stuff. Like the design coming out of Shanghai. Innovation, no matter where it occurs, always begins with a burning question (or questions), centered around “Is there a better way?” Artist-turned-designer Lu Kun has almost single-handedly put Shanghai on the international fashion map by pursuing three ...

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Innovation Collaboration

How Leading Firms Use Open Innovation Many CEOs see collaboration as key to their success with innovation. They know they cannot achieve their innovation targets using internal resources alone. So they look outside for other organisations to partner with. A good example is Mercedes and Swatch who collaborated to produce the Smart car. When Mercedes wanted to produce an innovative ...

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