Do you have an innovation blind-spot?

My experience with most executives and entrepreneurs is that they are totally committed to and focused on success. As a result, many of them tend to have a major blind-spot (translation: weakness) when it comes to the anticipation of set-backs. While this is understandable, it is nonetheless naive, and it constitutes a major flaw in the business logic of most ...

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Value Networks and Innovation

Today I will tell you why it is so hard for you to get your innovative new idea to spread quickly. Well, one of the reasons, at least. It’s because the economy is so interconnected. This is a bit counterintuitive – after all, I was just telling you how we can use networks to spread ideas. The good side of ...

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Saving Curiosity from the Guillotine

This great topic was raised by Arthur Lok in a discussion in the Innovation Management group on LinkedIn. It made me wonder and reflect on my own level of curiosity, what this term means to me and how it effects innovation. I think we lose our sense of curiosity as we begin to build a power base that we feel ...

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Emerging Computing Paradigms

HCI (Human-Computer Interactions) science is fast evolving to deal with emerging computing paradigms. Today it is a little Cognitive Science and AI, a lot of anthropology and Social Psychology. HCI is a fascinating discipline; the field has its origin in the 80s primarily in computer science and cognitive psychology. Today it exists in a confluence with design as a discipline ...

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Using Networks to Spread Ideas

Yesterday I talked about some of the benefits and challenges of distributed innovation within organisations. One of the biggest challenges you face when you make everyone responsible for innovation is this – how do you get new ideas to spread throughout the broader group? This is part of what John and I are studying in our major research project at ...

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Predicting the Next Innovation

Recently I returned from over two weeks on the road. I was in and out of five airports. As you go through security, the routine is always the same… Take off your shoes Take out your liquids Take out your computer Why are we put through these security gymnastics? On December 22, 2001, Richard Reid was caught with plastic explosives ...

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What do you REALLY do?

If you’re a book publisher, you’re not really in the book business. You’re in the information business. How that information is shared is largely irrelevant, as long as it creates value for your customers and can be monetized. If you’re a newspaper, you’re definitely not in the printed news business. Certainly not anymore, or at least not for long. I ...

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2010 – Year of the Man Purse

by Braden Kelley I’ve been trying to decide whether to make any 2010 predictions, and I never thought that this would end up being the one that I chose, but here goes: 2010 will be the year of the man purse – thanks to the proliferation of netbooks, e-readers, and a new generation of tablets launching this year from Apple, ...

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Building Up Innovation Capital

As usual it was Peter Drucker, the godfather of modern management, who said it first. Right back there in 1966 (!), in his landmark book “The Effective Executive”, Drucker argued that companies would need to build a new kind of organizational capital as the industrial economy gave way to the knowledge economy. His famous proclamation was that, in future, brainpower ...

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