What's Your Blockbuster Strategy?

Six months ago the Blockbuster Video store a mile from my house closed. Last week, the store three miles from my house closed. I don’t even know where the next closest location is, so I guess my family has rented its last Blockbuster video. While I was surprised that both locations near me were shut down, I had read that ...

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Flash Mobs and the Participation Economy

Kevin Roberts will be speaking at the World Business Forum in New York City, October 6-7, 2009. Here is our latest hand-picked article: Source: daylife.com Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong (C, black shirt, yellow helmet) rides in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park with local cyclists on September 10, 2009 by Kevin Roberts A couple of weeks ago a few ...

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It's About Hubris, Stupid

Book Review of “How the Mighty Fall” by Bob Donnelly Jim Collins, the well known author of “Good to Great” and coauthor of “Built to Last” has done it again in this book that explains why successful companies stumble, and eventually fail; or are able to recover and continue. His analysis is captured in clear examples of what he calls ...

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What is Innovation Management?

“Innovation ‘Management’ as a term, doesn’t sit well with me. Just like Knowledge ‘Management’. KM failed in part because of the inherent controls.” Sameer Patel, April 22, 2009 by Hutch Carpenter I thought this was a good comment by Sameer, as it reflects a couple things: Nascent field of technology tools that specifically facilitate and improve corporate innovation is just ...

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A Creativity Manifesto

You’re creative at something…all of you.There’s something where you know therules, yet because of your passion,expertise, practice, inspiration, andingenuity, you gracefully dance around therules and create extraordinarythings that most others can’t inyour chosen area. That’s the feeling of creativity. Andit feels wonderful!!! Enjoy the feeling. Love the feeling.Let that feeling fuel you! And if you want, create thatsame feeling in ...

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Call for October 'Innovation Perspectives'

October’s opportunity to contribute your Innovation Perspectives is now here. This monthly feature presents our loyal readers with different perspectives on a single topic all in one place – from several different authors. It gives our innovation community the opportunity to compare, contrast and discuss them in the comments here on Blogging Innovation and in the Continuous Innovation group on ...

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Innovation Velocity

Developing Agile Innovation Leadership through Gaming by Simon Evans and Victor Newman The Problem with Innovation It is a truism that armies tend to continue to fight their last war and need to go through bitter learning experiences before they can understand and adapt to the new, emergent rules of conflict. Present innovation thinking is constrained by legacy successes achieved ...

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Are engineers good for innovation?

I have been pondering on this since I had some comments on my The Faces Of Open Innovation post where I expressed some concern that most of the profiles working with open innovation had an engineering background. In the blog post, I mentioned that engineers do add value to innovation, but we need to get a broader focus in the ...

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Managing Your Innovation Gap

Once you have a systematic and routine way to innovate, you are confronted with a new problem – how to decide how much innovation is enough. For many, this is an odd question. If innovation is essential for survival and growth, most people would want all the innovation they can get. But that is oversimplifying. Too much innovation can overload ...

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How Understanding Customer Jobs turns Crowdsourcing into Smartsourcing

Crowdsourcing is becoming a part of many companies’ innovation strategy. But crowdsourcing suffers from a number of problems that limit its effectiveness. By selecting ’emerging customers’ – who are better at spotting winning innovations – and helping them innovate around unmet customer needs, crowdsourcing can be turned into smartsourcing. Leading companies like Cisco already use smartsourcing to identify tomorrow’s winning ...

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