Strategy

Why Calendars are the Real Barrier to Innovation

While this post is slightly tongue in cheek, I wanted to explore with you, my gentle readers, one of the most insidious barriers to innovation, the lowly calendar. While other challenges to innovation may appear more robust, it is actually the calendar that has the most subtle power. First, consider the power of the calendar on the way most business ...

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Accelerating the Electric BlueCar in Paris

This week, life-long entrepreneur Vincent Bollore and his BlueCar won the contract to run the Autolib’ scheme of the city of Paris. The story so far is rich of innovation lessons. Firstly, Autolib’ builds on the success of Velib’ and replicates its business model. Launched in 2007 in Paris and now replicated in many other European cities, Velib’ is a ...

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Think Big, Start Small, Scale Fast

We need to try more stuff. Innovation is never about silver bullets. It’s about experimentation and doing whatever it takes, even if it means trying 1000 things, to deliver value. Making progress on the real issues of our time including health care, education, and energy will require a lot more experimentation than we are comfortable with today. These are all ...

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8 Ways to Advance Your Innovation Career

What can you do to advance your innovation career in times like this? Let me present some ideas and hopefully you can add more advice on this in the following discussion. Align With Executives. You need to have a better alignment between the innovation strategy and the overall corporate strategy. One way to do this is to make an extra ...

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Making Money From Free

Coinstar has figured it out. Has your business? by Ric Merrifield I have been following Coinstar for a really long time, in large part because the founder went to my high school (as did Bill Gates and TVs Batman Adam West for what it’s worth). If you don’t know Coinstar, their model is pretty straightforward (Coinstar now also owns the ...

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Innovation Zombies

Zombies, or the concept of the undead, seems really potent right now. We’ve had a number of movies featuring zombies lately, and a new well-received TV show on AMC highlights the zombie phenomenon – The Walking Dead. I’m not sure why there’s a sudden resurgence of interest in zombies, but I am sure that zombies are damaging your innovation capabilities. ...

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Time for a Strategic Planning Makeover

When it comes to organizational sacred cows, strategic planning sits very close to the top of the list for most organizations. We all know the drill. Take the senior management team off-site for a weekend. Evaluate last year’s performance. Conduct the basic SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis. Set some goals for the upcoming year. Pat ourselves on the ...

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3 Tools for Futures Thinking & Foresight Development

(Design Thinking Meets Futures Thinking followup) The last post outlined a general framework for “futures thinking.” Here, we look at three techniques for honing your ability to see beyond the horizon. 1. Trend Analysis In order to develop the capacity for imagining alternative futures and create design solutions accordingly, it is useful to be aware of the current driving forces ...

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Coming Changes in Broadband Pricing

Peter Burrows of Bloomberg Businessweek has written a great piece this week on how the crushing demands of video delivery and mobile devices are going to change the pricing model of the internet. In an article titled; Will Netflix Kill the Internet? Burrows makes the point that the rise of Netflix and other video content providers will force internet and ...

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