Setting a Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal (BHAG)

by Matthew E May Over at the American Express Open Forum Idea Hub, I’ve posted “How to Set a BHAG.” A BHAG is a Big, Hairy Audacious Goal, and it’s a term coined by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras. I’m constantly asked about the challenge of complacency — you know, things are going well, but there’s a comfort setting in, ...

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Innovation Perspectives – Engineers, Marketers and Innovation

This is the third of several ‘Innovation Perspectives‘ articles we will publish this week from multiple authors to get different perspectives on “What roles do engineers and marketers play in an innovation setting, and what conflicts can arise based on their perspectives and approaches?” Here is the next perspective in the series: by Jeffrey Phillips First, let me say that ...

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Creative Capitalism + Social Innovation

New Social Enterprises That Make Money and Change the World by Idris Mootee We need more (and more innovative) social enterprises and I really want to see a top tier MBA programs with specialization in Social Enterprises. Call it B-school needs S-school. There are so many problems out there and sometimes we feel we are almost giving up. Our capitalist ...

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Stop Selling and Add Value

What I’m about to espouse will cause many an eyebrow to furrow and jaw to drop. I truly believe that the practice of sales as a business discipline has become at best ineffective, and in many cases flat out obsolete. You see, good business practices are not static. Stale methodologies and disciplines simply die a slow and very painful death, ...

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Innovation Perspectives – Fighting our Stereotypes

This is the second of several ‘Innovation Perspectives‘ articles we will publish this week from multiple authors to get different perspectives on “What roles do engineers and marketers play in an innovation setting, and what conflicts can arise based on their perspectives and approaches?” Here is the next perspective in the series: by Mark Roser People interested in the topic ...

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Are your innovation efforts working?

Sometimes the question you ask is more important than the actions you take. During President Obama’s inauguration speech, he said: “The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works – whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified.” ...

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Where are the Market and Product Explorers?

Ok, after a number of years and a range of clients, I’ve seen a lot of titles. Product Manager, Product Developer, Product Development Manager, etc. I’ve even seen titles like Innovation Manager and Ideator and some other more fanciful titles. These are all valid and important roles. But what is evident to me is that while we place great emphasis ...

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Creative Destruction and Newspapers

I love reading the newspaper. I like the feel of the broadsheet in my hand, the anticipation of turning each page to see what’s next, and the sense I get of being plugged into the world through the rhythm of daily reading. I am a newspaper loyalist, and I’m an endangered species. That, of course, is not news. Newspapers are ...

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