For Innovative Ideas try a Cluster of Strangers

I recently ran a workshop for a group of CEOs of small companies from different sectors and industries.  We ran the following exercise.  Each person started with a blank sheet of paper on which they answered the following questions about their organization. What are your main products or services? List three or four. What are your main markets? These can ...

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3 Ways Our Bias to Oversimplify the Future Hurts Innovation

Estimates that attempt to quantify failure rates for innovative products and services typically sit in a range somewhere between 70-95%. As an innovator, I find this an uncomfortably large number, especially given how much time and money we invest in innovation processes, consumer research and market modeling.  But as disappointing as these numbers are, the reality may be even worse, as ...

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How to Measure Innovation Ecosytem KPIs

Claiming status as the #1 digital health, bioscience, technology, finance or education cluster is new eco-devo blood sport. Should funding be the only KPI? Innovation districts are the new clusters, and urban planners and stakeholders ask 5 questions during an audit: 1) Where are your region’s highest concentrations of innovation assets? 2) Is the district leveraging and aligning its distinctive advantages ...

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Beyond the Business Model Canvas

For decades when business people and aspiring entrepreneurs came up with an idea and became serious about commercializing it, they would, by default, create a business plan. Anyone who has ever created a business plan knows they are a LOT of work. And as any innovator knows, most ideas turn out to be garbage. As a result, the creation of ...

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Overcoming Challenges Through Continuous Learning

Last week, I went to a fantastically informative event, hosted by the Churchill Club, Melbourne. It was about “Developing the Tech Talent of the Future”. New technologies and shifting customer expectations are shifting the business game. In the same way, new platforms, products and services, business models and other emerging creative surprises are, disrupting the learning game. To promote this “sold ...

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Steve Jobs Leadership Masterclass – in Four Words

Here’s What’s Wrong With Your Great Idea - Innovation Excellence

We love to complicate leadership in countless books, articles, and insights, but there is no formula. However, there is this gem that guides all great leaders. I’ve got a leadership challenge for you. You can do better. Read on. If the rift in popular sentiment around political leadership tells us anything, it’s that we still value leaders, especially great ones. ...

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The Unconscious Landscape of Leadership

Leadership: The unconscious landscape of leadership I’m a business consultant. I help businesses innovate more quickly then their products. Often people innovate their products a lot faster than they innovate their business, which means that they keep a traditional business with hierarchical leadership, siloed cooperation, separated commercial and innovation functions, and little regard for the customer. My experience is that ...

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