Author Archives: Greg Satell

Collaboration Is The New Competitive Advantage - Innovation Excellence

In truth, neither view fully represents today’s business environment. Certainly, companies like Apple and Southwest are still able to dominate their industries, but the source of advantage has changed. We no longer compete in a resource economy, but a semantic economy where firms that can build, manage and widen connections win out. Continue reading

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Success: The one thing nobody ever tells you about failure - Innovation Excellence

These days, there is no shortage of advice on how to be successful. Learning to code, creating disruption and even Montessori schools are commonly cited examples. But they are no more helpful than, “learn to do heart surgery”, “come up with a great idea and “go to Harvard.” Continue reading

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Today, efficiency will only get you so far. Three of the world’s five most valuable companies are not old line industrial or financial companies, but fast moving tech companies who prosper through agility rather than efficiency. Much like the 20th century industrialists, today’s managers need to adapt to new rules. Here are three trends you need to know. Continue reading

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How the Impossible Becomes Possible - Innovation Excellence

Arthur C. Clark insisted that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Yet most of us have to live in a world of practicalities. Growing up means that fantasies must give way to realities. We learn to favor probabilities over possibilities. Continue reading

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Why Effective Innovation takes Focus - Innovation Excellence

The truth is that your mission needs to drive your strategy, not the other way around. Genuine excellence requires passion, commitment and consistency. You can’t create that in a boardroom meeting or a strategy session. It takes focus over an extended period of time. Continue reading

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The Physics of Disruption

Jeremy England, a rising star in the world of physics, has made quite a stir with his ideas about the meaning of life. In a nutshell, England argues that while disorder in the universe tends to increase over time, living things harness energy around them to create order from randomness. Continue reading

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We Need to Innovate the Innovation Process - Innovation Excellence

All too often, we see innovation as a single event. The truth is that the road to any significant innovation is a long and twisted path. Greg Satell writes here about ‘integration’ and ‘team of teams’. Continue reading

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