Category: Interviews

Passionate Leadership Can Be Learned

I’ve always said that if you want to learn about leadership talk to someone who has actually led something. James (Jim) Quigley, Global CEO of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited is just such a leader, and the “something” he leads is a global professional services juggernaut with more than $26 Billion in revenue, and 170,000 people located in more than 150 countries worldwide. What I most appreciate about Jim is his almost evangelistic zeal in championing the Deloitte brand. Jim is a fully engaged CEO who leads by example. You’ll also find Jim to be among the most transparent CEOs you’ll encounter. If you don’t believe me just go looking for him – he’s not that hard to find. Jim has a new book out (As One), you can find him on Twitter @DeloitteCEO and Jim is a frequent presenter at conferences such as World Business Forum and the World Economic … Continue reading

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Exploring Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing

I had the opportunity to interview Paul Sloane, editor of A Guide to Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing recently. Here is text of the interview: 1. Why should organizations be thinking about Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing? The pace of innovation has increased to a degree where it is difficult to generate the required number of high-quality ideas and initiatives using internal resources alone. Big companies like Kraft, Unilever and IBM have realized that they need to harness the brainpower of people outside their companies if they are to compete in the innovation race. Open innovation involves collaborating with outsiders to bring new products and services to market quickly. No matter how big or small you are, you should be doing something similar. The trick is to find the kind of open innovation that suits your business and your style. 2. When it comes to Open Innovation or Crowdsourcing, what is the … Continue reading

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Selling Innovation Change

I had the opportunity to interview Brett Clay, author of “Selling Change” recently. Here is text of the interview: 1. Why is innovation so important for organizations? In today’s era of global suppliers and Internet-empowered buyers, companies’ products are under constant pricing pressure. As margins become squeezed, companies must innovate to improve efficiencies and develop higher value products and services. 2. When it comes to selling change, what is the biggest challenge that you see organizations facing? Often, the biggest challenge in organizations is their performance review systems. In the attempt to create objective review systems, rewards and punishments are determined by the achievement of specific, measurable management objectives. Employees measure their every activity by the degree of alignment with the metric. At first glance it would seem this is the desired result. But, optimizing the business for a specific metric often conflicts with the broader context of growing a … Continue reading

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Combining Internal and External Innovation

Interview – Stefan Lindegaard I had the opportunity to interview Stefan Lindegaard, author of “The Open Innovation Revolution” recently.Here is text of the interview: 1. Why is open innovation so important for organizations? Open innovation is about combining internal and external resources and to act on the opportunities this creates. More and more companies prove this to be a strong value proposition and companies cannot afford to lose out on the opportunities created by this combination. It is one thing is to lose out on opportunities and yet another to lose out to competitors from doing nothing. Open innovation has the ability to create long term advantages in management or organizational innovation rather than just product or service innovation. It takes several years for an organization to reap the full benefits of open innovation. A positive side effect of this is that once a company gets ahead of the competitors … Continue reading

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Seth Godin Interview (World Innovation Forum)

I had the opportunity to interview Seth Godin, author of “Linchpin”, “Purple Cow”, “Tribes” and nine other books, at the World Innovation Forum 2010 in New York, NY. On stage, Seth Godin presented mostly a fusion of content from “Tribes” and “Linchpin”. He started by defining innovation as doing ‘stuff’ that’s impossible, otherwise someone would already be doing it. Seth spent a good deal of time talking about the importance of movements and the failings of traditional marketing and advertising. One of the examples he used was that of the Candy Shoppe, along a highway somewhere in America, right next to a store that offered gas, donuts, burgers, fries, etc. The Candy Shoppe was so successful that it built a second identical store directly across the street so that people going the other direction didn’t have to try and make a left turn or a u-turn to visit them. A … Continue reading

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World Innovation Forum 2010 - Wendy Kopp

I had the opportunity to interview Wendy Kopp, Founder and CEO of Teach for America at the World Innovation Forum. Wendy is also the CEO and Founder of Teach For All, and the author of “One Day, All Children…”. “Twenty years ago, the prevailing notion was that there was no way to eliminate educational inequality based on socio-economics in the United States. Today there are hundreds of examples of success in Teach For America.” (session summary courtesy @fhinnovation) I’d like to share a video interview I did with Wendy during the event about innovation in education, and what she’s learned over the last 20 years of the program: Image credit: 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 … Continue reading

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TEDx Seattle Interview with Elan Lee, Founder of Fourth Wall Studiosby Braden KelleyI had the opportunity to interview Elan Lee, Founder and Chief Designer at Fourth Wall Studios, at TEDx Seattle recently. In this video Elan talks about the future of storytelling and the importance of storytelling to conveying information to others about your new ideas or innovations.Some of you may be familiar with Elan Lee’s work on the alternate reality game “Year Zero” for the promotion of Nine Inch Nail’s “Year Zero” album. This project won a Cannes Lion Grand Prix award and a Clio Award (Bronze). Here is an excerpt from the “Promotion” section of the “Year Zero” album’s Wikipedia entry:In an interview with Kerrang! magazine, Reznor hinted that the album was “part of a bigger picture of a number of things I’m working on”.[3] In February 2007 fans discovered that a new Nine Inch Nails tour t-shirt … Continue reading

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