Category: Interviews

Innovation Interview with Robert B. Tucker

Robert B. Tucker is a popular innovation speaker and consultant. Since 1986, with the publication of Winning the Innovation Game, he has coached and advised managers, executives, and entire teams at organizations ranging from IBM to the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory to SAP. Post-it Note inventor Art Fry said that after a 40 year career developing new products for 3M, “I found myself agreeing with everything Tucker says about taking an idea from concept to successful innovation” in his ground-breaking book Driving Growth Through Innovation. President of The Innovation Resource Consulting Group, with clients in 40 countries, Tucker’s primary work is assisting firms in developing sustainable innovation programs. His latest book, Innovation is Everybody’s Business, delves into how individual contributors and mid-level managers can ride the innovation trend. He recently sat down with me to discuss the new book and the state of the Innovation Movement. 1. Robert, …

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Co-Creating Business Models

Co-Create a book with hundreds of people? Are you crazy? No one thought it would work, but Alex Osterwalder didn’t believe them…and co-created an incredible best-seller on Business Model Innovation! Continue reading

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Being the smallest sewing machine manufacturer in the world, Bernina has always had to focus on innovation to stay one step ahead of their competition. Three years ago they decided to work with HYPE, a leading provider of idea management software. In the following interview, Innovation Manager Michael König gave HYPE some interesting insights into the Bernina innovation process and told us a real success story.

HYPE: Mr. König, what is your company’s core business and where does innovation fit?
König: The Bernina Company is the last remaining private sewing machine manufacturer in the world. We are also the smallest within the sector; therefore we need to come up with surprising and special offers in order to survive in the market. Continue reading

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Innovation has many mothers. Over the past few decades, designers have been steadily moving onto the world stage as central figures, arbiters and midwives, in the birth of new innovations. Both inside and outside the corporate process, as seen regularly on the uber-TED channel, and of course (bow, scrape) through the “more money than the US Government” DNA of Steve Jobs and i-Life, the inseparability of design and innovation has mainlined into our collective consciousness. There is no better place to feel the heat and experience the visceral force of design thinking in action then the Design Matters interviews, the internet radio show archives of Debbie Millman, herself a pioneer in designer-led innovation as author, AIGA President, Sterling Design leader and industry energizer. When you need a source of inspiration. We’re just saying…Go Debbie. Don’t miss an article (3,000+) – Subscribe to our RSS feed and join our Innovation …

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Warren Bennis Interview on Leadership

Widely regarded as the father of the contemporary field of Leadership, Warren Bennis paved the way for those of us who make our living as leadership advisors. Warren would never say this, so I will; he has forgotten more about leadership than most of us will ever know. Put simply, spending an hour with Warren Bennis is like drinking leadership wisdom from a fire hose. At age 19, Warren was the youngest combat infantry officer in the European Theater during World War II, and was awarded both the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. After the war, Warren went on to author 30 books, served as an advisor to four different U.S. Presidents, spent time on the faculties of MIT, Harvard, Boston University, INSEAD, the University of Exter (UK), and at age 86 Warren is University Professor and Distinguished Professor of Business Administration and Founding Chairman of The Leadership Institute at … Continue reading

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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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