The Selfless Gene

Contrasting expectations of species-level evolution, the classic phyletic gradualism model (left), and the punctuated equilibrium model (right). by Kevin Roberts Biology fascinates me. I love the work of Stephen Jay Gould who theorized how change in evolution happens at the edges, the margin, the fringe. He calls this ‘punctuated equilibrium’, and it explains how evolution doesn’t take place on a ...

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Rules of the HP Garage

[The garage where Hewlett and Packard started HP, 1939 photo] by Paul Williams Founders Bill Hewlett and David Packard had the right idea when they first built their company. They believed if you had passion for what you did – and did it with quality – the money will follow. This was a pretty radial idea back in the 1940s, ...

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An Out of Body Innovation Experience

People are fascinated with the idea of human cloning after researchers cloned a sheep in 1997. The debate about the risks and benefits of human cloning rages on. What if you could clone yourself in a virtual sense? Even better, imagine cloning yourself into another person’s body? What would you feel? What would you learn? How would your life be ...

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Open Innovation Bullies

Large companies have always used their size and power to get things their way. This is no different with open innovation. So I am not surprised when I listen to people from smaller companies complain about the behaviours of large companies when they start working together. Such behaviours were confirmed by several large companies at the recent Open Innovation Summit. ...

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The Worst Decade Ever :-)

Now that 2009 is over, I have bad news and I have good news. First the bad news. According to the Wall Street Journal, stock performance in the decade now ended was the worst ever – worse even than the woeful 1930s. For the past ten years, the value of NYSE-traded stocks has declined by an average of 0.5 percent ...

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Top 10 Innovation Articles of 2009

Thank you to everyone who entered our last contest of 2009 for a chance to win one of three copies of Gary Hamel’s latest book “The Future of Management” ? Lady luck has spoken and I’d like to announce the three winners of their very own copy of “The Future of Management”: Cathy Olofson Ashish Thomas (claimed) Peter Vander Auwera ...

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Where's the Innovation Google?

In the same way that there has been a lot of buzz around what innovation an Apple Tablet might bring, I’ve been seeing a lot of hype around how great the Google Phone is going to be. The first Google Phone was an HTC-branded phone carried by T-Mobile USA, and the second is promised to be a Google-branded phone made ...

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Innovation by Subtraction

We tend to think that the best way to innovate is to add new features to our products or services. What can we add that increases the appeal of our offering? This route can easily lead to extra cost, feature overload and customer fatigue. Sometimes a better answer lies in subtraction. Michael O’Leary, the founder of Ryanair, looked at the ...

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10 Lessons Learned from 2009

Wow, what a year! 2009 has come and gone, and many of us are taking a huge sigh of relief. Going through one of the worst recessions in U.S. history will certainly take the wind out of your sails. But we appear to have weathered the worst of the storm. And while the economy might not rebound with the speed ...

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