Strategy

Innovating Every Day

Who doesn’t recognize the need to constantly innovate today? After all, just look around at all that is new in our world in the past few years. Are you twittering? – 30 million+ others are. Do you have a product or service video on YouTube? – 25 million+ people do. And are you LinkedIn or participating in SecondLife? These are ...

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Inspiring Your Team with a Chief Innovation Officer

Who inspires your team? Who develops the ideas, promotes an environment that fosters creative camaraderie, nourishes espirit de corps – and steers the organization toward greatness? In short, who is your Chief Innovation Officer? Every organization that grows by creating new products or services or aspires to out-class the competition needs a Chief Innovation Officer, or CIO. In Robert’s Rules ...

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Can Innovation Create Competitive Advantage?

Over the last six or seven years, definitely since about 2003 or 2004, there has been an increased focus on innovation in many businesses. I think much of this was driven by several factors, including an increased rate of change in competition, especially the growing capabilities of India and China. I also think that information costs have fallen as the ...

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Developing an Innovation Vision

You cannot expect your team to be innovative if they do not know the direction in which they are headed. Innovation must have a purpose. It is up to the leader to set the course and give a bearing for the future. This is set in broad terms and is described as the mission, core purpose or vision for the ...

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Optimizing Innovation – Patrick O'Riordan of Anheuser Busch-InBev

We are happy to bring you some of the key points and insights from Patrick O’Riordan’s talk at the Optimizing Innovation Conference, which was held October 21-22, 2009 in New York City. Patrick O’Riordan, Global Director of Insights & Innovation at Anheuser Busch-Inbev spoke about balancing short, mid, and long-term initiative in your innovation pipeline. Patrick sits in the marketing ...

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Does Integrated Creativity Exist Today?

Where does it exist? D-Schools Or B-Schools? by Idris Mootee Someone asked me who the design head is in our company. I am not sure. My answer would be everyone. Everyone is a strategist and everyone is a designer (or design thinker) in our company. We understood long ago that strategy doesn’t necessarily come from a strategist, and that a ...

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Stop Telling Prospects What You Do

Your prospects don’t care what you do. They don’t care how it works. They’re only thinking of themselves. And can you blame them? Their butt is on the line if they don’t deliver results, cut costs, delight their own customers. They have their own problems, their own pain, their own priorities. Your prospects don’t care what you do. They will ...

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Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

Who said this: “Did I behave irresponsibly? Not totally, because I had something in mind I wanted to do. Am I sorry for what I did? Yes, I am. Would I do it differently? Probably not. It’s the way I was, and that’s something I have to live with today.” Sounds like a corporate creep who got caught with his ...

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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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