Category: Interviews

Interview - Robert F. Brands

Interview – Robert F. BrandsI had the opportunity to interview Robert F. Brands, author of “Robert’s Rules of Innovation” recently.Here is the text of the interview:1. When it comes to innovation, what is the biggest challenge that you see organizations facing?The first and most important challenge is to understand and realize that innovation is not optional, it really is : Innovate or Perish. As a result of the traditional product lifecycle it is a phenomenon that once past the “growth” and “mature” phase, any product or service will ultimately decline. So for any thriving business one has to reinvent itself and add new products or services over and over. Once convinced of the importance, it all starts with the leadership. The CEO supported by the leadership team has to create a vision mission and strategy that is all in support of and in line with the innovation efforts. As a … Continue reading

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Here are some excerpts from my video interview with Jeff Hayzlett, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Kodak:1. Are you a big believer then in this leadership idea of good leaders ask good questions?Absolutely. I think good leaders, more than anything, listen. I think that’s the most attribute to being a leader. Asking questions is one thing and asking the right questions is good, but to listen, to really hear what the real answers are, I think, are real key, because they’re usually buried in there somewhere, so you have to listen very carefully. I think that’s that best thing a leader can do.2. Having an outsider’s perspective and a very “can do” attitude, I’ve read and seen quite a few interviews with you previously. You’ve also very much entrenched yourself in the Kodak Company law. You know the history of the product. How do you balance those two tensions within … Continue reading

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Video Interview - Mary McDowell - Nokia

by Braden KelleyI had the opportunity to interview Mary McDowell, Chief Development Officer at Nokia at The Economist’s conference “Innovation: Fresh Thinking for the Ideas Economy”. I’d like to share a video interview I did with Mary during the event:In this video Mary talks about the future of mobile devices, use of the built-in sensors, information access in the developing world, Nokia Life Tools. Don’t miss an article – Subscribe to our RSS feed and join our Continuous Innovation group!Braden Kelley is the editor of Blogging Innovation and founder of Business Strategy Innovation, a consultancy focusing on innovation and marketing strategy. Braden is also @innovate on Twitter.

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Video Interview - John Hagel III -

by Braden KelleyI had the opportunity to interview John Hagel III, Co-Chairman of Deloitte’s Center for the Edge and co-author of the book “The Power of Pull” at The Economist’s conference “Innovation: Fresh Thinking for the Ideas Economy”. I’d like to share a video interview I did with John during the event:In this video John talks about the difference between passion and obsession, the fringe and the edge, and a sneak preview of “The Power of Pull”. Don’t miss an article – Subscribe to our RSS feed and join our Continuous Innovation group!Braden Kelley is the editor of Blogging Innovation and founder of Business Strategy Innovation, a consultancy focusing on innovation and marketing strategy. Braden is also @innovate on Twitter.

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Video Interview - Judy Estrin -

by Braden KelleyI had the opportunity to interview Judy Estrin, a serial entrepreneur and author of the book “Closing the Innovation Gap” at The Economist’s conference “Innovation: Fresh Thinking for the Ideas Economy”. I’d like to share a video interview I did with Judy during the event:In this video Judy and I discuss innovation ecosystems, disruptive innovation, education, and closing the innovation gap. Don’t miss an article – Subscribe to our RSS feed and join our Continuous Innovation group!Braden Kelley is the editor of Blogging Innovation and founder of Business Strategy Innovation, a consultancy focusing on innovation and marketing strategy. Braden is also @innovate on Twitter.

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Creating Innovation in the PARC - Interview - Mark Bernstein of PARC

Interview – Mark Bernstein of PARCI had the opportunity recently to interview Mark Bernstein, Chief Executive Officer of PARC.Mark Bernstein has been the head of PARC (Palo Alto Research Center) since 2001, when he led the firm in its transition from a research division of Xerox to an independent business. PARC is among the world’s best-respected centers of research and innovation, and its relationships include client services for industry leaders in consumer electronics, information and decision systems, networking and communications, and renewable energy. Among the firm’s current projects is Content-Centric Networking, a new approach to networking that addresses massive amounts of internet content to achieve better security, scalability and performance.Here is the text of the interview:1. Please briefly tell people about what PARC is today (versus its history)Today, PARC is a center for commercial innovation – for other clients besides Xerox. (Historically, Xerox PARC was a captive/internal R&D center). PARC … Continue reading

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Having Fun with Innovation

Interview – Scott Christopher of “The Levity Effect”I had the opportunity to interview Scott Christopher, co-author of “The Levity Effect” about the importance of fun in the workplace, and about how beneficial it can be. But how important is fun to innovation?A contributing author of the bestseller “A Carrot A Day”, a regular columnist for Workplace HR and Safety magazines and a distinguished consultant on recognition, Scott travels the world speaking to leadership groups at conferences, conventions, and on-site customer meetings. Here is the text from the interview:1. When it comes to innovation, what is the biggest challenge that you see organizations facing?Boss-employee relationships. Look, all the truly useful, great ideas come from the workforce because they’re the ones that have identified a need and can actually see themselves implementing them. An engaged employee is ten times more likely to contribute his or her time, effort and energies into innovation, … Continue reading

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