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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Battlefield Innovation Lessons for Business Leaders

Let’s be clear, business is not war. But if you are operating in a fierce marketplace then it can feel like it. Many of the methods we use in our sales campaigns, marketing strategies and competitive tactics are based on military analogies. So what lessons can business leaders today learn from the history of warfare? Here are some that seem ...

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Three Enterprise 2.0 Themes to Watch in 2010

Enterprise 2.0 continued its growth and maturation in 2009. We saw the rise of the Enterprise 2.0 consultancies, including Dachis Group, Altimeter Group and Pragmatic Enterprise 2.0. Andrew McAfee published his book about Enterprise 2.0. We saw the rise of the 2.0 Adoption Council. And based on what can be gleaned from vendors, more enterprises are deploying social software. For ...

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The Selfless Gene

Contrasting expectations of species-level evolution, the classic phyletic gradualism model (left), and the punctuated equilibrium model (right). by Kevin Roberts Biology fascinates me. I love the work of Stephen Jay Gould who theorized how change in evolution happens at the edges, the margin, the fringe. He calls this ‘punctuated equilibrium’, and it explains how evolution doesn’t take place on a ...

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Rules of the HP Garage

[The garage where Hewlett and Packard started HP, 1939 photo] by Paul Williams Founders Bill Hewlett and David Packard had the right idea when they first built their company. They believed if you had passion for what you did – and did it with quality – the money will follow. This was a pretty radial idea back in the 1940s, ...

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An Out of Body Innovation Experience

People are fascinated with the idea of human cloning after researchers cloned a sheep in 1997. The debate about the risks and benefits of human cloning rages on. What if you could clone yourself in a virtual sense? Even better, imagine cloning yourself into another person’s body? What would you feel? What would you learn? How would your life be ...

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Open Innovation Bullies

Large companies have always used their size and power to get things their way. This is no different with open innovation. So I am not surprised when I listen to people from smaller companies complain about the behaviours of large companies when they start working together. Such behaviours were confirmed by several large companies at the recent Open Innovation Summit. ...

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The Worst Decade Ever :-)

Now that 2009 is over, I have bad news and I have good news. First the bad news. According to the Wall Street Journal, stock performance in the decade now ended was the worst ever – worse even than the woeful 1930s. For the past ten years, the value of NYSE-traded stocks has declined by an average of 0.5 percent ...

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