Author Archives: Braden Kelley

What’s in the CEO’s Innovation Playbook?

Recently I received an advance copy of “The CEO’s Innovation Playbook” – the latest white paper from Mastercard and Harvard Business Review Analytic Services. For the effort they interviewed a dozen CEO’s highly innovative companies including Citigroup, Lyft and Coca Cola. The paper spends most of its real estate on captured quotes straight from the mouth of CEO’s, distilling their ...

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Are Empathy and Innovation in the Cards?

As part of the leadership team for a new human-centered problem-solving offering for select Oracle customers, I’m always on the lookout for new tools to integrate into our flexible problem-solving process to help clients innovate, grow or transform. Because our dynamic team of experienced professionals has a diverse range of knowledge, skills and abilities we’re able to co-create solutions to ...

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Are Petrol Stations the Future of Starbucks?

Recently the Seattle Times published an article from the Washington Post highlighting a gas station in Maryland that has made the bold move of turning off its gas pumps and installing electric charging stations in their place. Which got me thinking… Given that in the early days of automobiles you had to go to the pharmacy and buy gasoline in ...

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The World is on the Verge of Getting Smaller

As many of you may already know, recently I joined Oracle to help build a new innovation and digital transformation offering that leverages design thinking and other tools to engage prospective North American customers of Oracle in human-centered problem-solving focused on solving their most pressing challenges. One of the attractions to this particular role was the opportunity to work for ...

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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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China and Trump Plan to Kill Innovation from Outer Space

First, let me say that this is not a political article, but instead an article about a potential innovation crisis looming just over the horizon thanks to brinkmanship between China and the United States. Second, let me say this article is not about killer satellites being launched into orbit by the Trump administration or the People’s Republic of China. Instead ...

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Are You Ready to Run a Digital Business for the Digital Age?

In our digital age, all companies must change how they think, how they interact with customers, partners, and suppliers, and how their business works on the inside. Customer, partner, and supplier expectations have changed, and a gap is opening between what they expect from their interaction with companies and what those companies are currently able to deliver. Companies must immediately ...

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What is the Cost of a Failed Innovation Project or Change Initiative?

It seems like a simple question. One that you would expect to lead to some risk mitigation behavior, but it doesn’t. And when you consider that companies are spending an increasing amount of their budget on technology and working to transform their operations to be more digital in order to provide a better experience for customers, employees, partners and suppliers ...

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Building a Smarter Workplace

I had the opportunity recently to interview Dave Hopping, President of Siemens Building Technologies for the Americas about technology advancements in the areas of construction and building management and their impact for both employers and employees. By its very name, Dave’s group focuses on technologies that go into buildings to make them safe, secure, efficient, etc. spanning building automation, lighting, ...

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Examining the Future of Work

At Siemens ConneCTs 2018 I had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Norbert Gaus, Head of R&D in Digitalization and Automation, and Barbara Humpton, Chief Executive Officer of Siemens USA and one of the topics of conversation that emerged was a collision of different insights and aspects surrounding the future of work. A couple of topics that come up ...

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