Strategy

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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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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When it comes to innovation, trust your intuition

MBA students are taught to treat business in a rational, scientific way. They analyze situations, develop financial models, critically examine management decisions and logically examine different scenarios. When they emerge from the hallowed halls of academia, they are often surprised to find that businesses run much less on logic and much more on emotion. It is not cold, intelligent analysis ...

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It's Tough to be a Follower

The news is out. Sales of the much-ballyhood Palm Pre are…a disappointment. The new smartphone, launched to compete head-on with Apple’s groundbreaking iPhone, has lost its momentum. The Pre, which was launched June 6, got off to a good start but has faded in recent weeks. According to the Wall Street Journal, analysts projected lower sales in the current period ...

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Innovation, Strategy And Leadership?

It Means Leading With Purpose And Imagination. by Idris Mootee Innovation, strategy and leadership are so closely interrelated and to succeed you need all those three. Innovation is the ability to different options in the future and develop a set of perspectives to guide them into the future. Strategy is the ability to connect customer needs and wants to the ...

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A Perspective on the American Innovation Strategy

“History should be our guide. The United States led the world’s economies in the 20th century because we led the world in innovation. Today, the competition is keener; the challenge is tougher; and that is why innovation is more important than ever. It is the key to good, new jobs for the 21st century. That’s how we will ensure a ...

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Innovation Perspectives – An Innovation Progression

This is the fifth of several ‘Innovation Perspectives‘ articles we will publish this week from multiple authors to get different perspectives on “Where should innovation reside?” Here is the next perspective in the series: by Mark Roser Having consulted in the new product and innovation areas of major pharmaceutical companies and commercial transportation companies over the past 12 years, and ...

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Innovation Perspectives – Should Marketing or R&D lead?

This is the fourth of several ‘Innovation Perspectives‘ articles we will publish this week from multiple authors to get different perspectives on “Where should innovation reside?” Here is the next perspective in the series: by Drew Boyd Who leads innovation in your company: marketing or R&D? It’s a trick question, of course. But it’s a useful question for Fortune 100 ...

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Scenario Planning Back in Fashion

Developing Robust Strategy with ‘Wild Card’ Scenarios by Idris Mootee Every executive wants to know what the future will be like or what will likely to happen to their industry and what the most disruptive forces are that will impact their bottom line or even survival. That’s why we use ‘Wild Card’ to paint scenarios. Wild card scenarios are in ...

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