Leadership

Forget Your Business Plan. Create a Strategy Map.

Strategic plans become outdated the moment they’re created. Instead, create a one-page strategy map. Having run the internal strategy consulting group at HP, and then consulting to both startups and big companies like Disney, Visa, Colgate, Medtronic and others, I’ve created hundreds of strategic plans. Business strategy used to be a clear and methodical process. No more. Today’s discontinuous technologies and disruptive change have reinvented the ...

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Pros and Cons of Becoming an Innovation Consultant

One question many innovators face at some point in their careers is whether to work in a large, corporate organization, or in a small start up or consultancy. Today I want to revisit and update a blog I wrote a few years ago for LinkedIn that discussed some pros and cons of consultancy versus corporate innovation.  At that time I ...

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The One Key to Success That Nobody Teaches You

Of all the things we do to ensure our success, one is more important than all else, and yet it’s only learned in the school of hard knocks. There are uncountable books on how to succeed in business, and all of them have something to teach. From being an efficient operator to being a great innovator, it’s all part of ...

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“I think, therefore I am” … said the machine to the stunned humans

She didn’t actually say it like that. She might have asked “to be or not to be?” and insisted that “that is the question”.  In any case, machines are already up to asking profound existential questions. On 11th February 2019 a very unusual event marked the latest man-versus-machine challenge: a debate on whether we should subsidize pre-schools or not. In ...

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Five Podcasts That Will Help You Stay Relevant, Gain the Advantage and Win: In Other Words Be More Human in an Age of Technology Take-over

I often get asked questions such as, “How do I add value now that this software can do part of my job?” or “is there a role for me now that Artificial Intelligence is taking over the world?” My answer is always this: “You could find yourself on the fast path to irrelevancy or you can adapt, elevate your game, ...

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Top 20 Innovation Articles of January 2020

Drum roll please… At the beginning of each month we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month that generated the most traffic to Innovation Excellence. We also publish a weekly Top 8 as part of our FREE email newsletter. Did your favorite make the cut? But enough delay, here are January’s twenty most popular innovation posts: Top 100 ...

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Five Foundations for Building a Culture of Innovation

If you are trying to transform an organisation which is sluggish and risk averse into one which is innovative and entrepreneurial then you have taken on a massive task. One approach is to use the Prosci ADKAR Change Management methodology as advocated by Jeffrey Hiatt and Tim Creasey. It consists of five key stages. 1. Awareness.  It is critical for ...

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One Quote That Every Entrepreneur Must Embrace

The focus on being a billon-dollar unicorn distracts us from an even more important kind of value that companies of every size need to embrace. We live in the age of the unicorn; startups that seem to leap to billion dollar valuations overnight. It’s a wonderful time to be an entrepreneur. The upside has never been greater. But let’s face ...

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