Category: Interviews

Setting Big Things in Motion

We had the opportunity to attend a Biznik Innovators event featuring John Hagel III (JH) and John Seely Brown (JSB) a couple of years ago and thought we would bring you some of the highlights and a video interview with John Seely Brown. Here are some of the key insights: Continue reading

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Innovation Tournaments

I had the opportunity to interview Christian Terwiesch, one of the co-authors of “Innovation Tournaments” about how to create and select exceptional opportunities. We also discuss a variety of other innovation topics including: barriers to innovation, education, and metrics. Professor Terwiesch teaches MBA and executive classes in the areas of operations management and product development at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Continue reading

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Do You Have Innovation Fatigue?

I had the opportunity to interview Jeff Lindsay, one of the co-authors of “Conquering Innovation Fatigue” about the recession, innovation challenges that organizations face, the role of government in innovation, and needs of the innovation workforce. Looking across the broad range of our conversation, the importance of alignment is probably the thread that ties it all together. Here is the text from the interview: Continue reading

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Tackling the Great Disruption

I had the opportunity recently to interview Scott Anthony, President of Innosight and the author of “The Silver Lining” about a variety of innovation topics including: ‘The Great Disruption’, barriers to innovation, education, leadership, and commodity businesses. Here is the text from the interview: Continue reading

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Are You Playing Offense or Defense?

I had the opportunity to meet Bill George at the World business Forum and later interview him. He is the author of “7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis”, and a professor of management practice at Harvard Business School, where he has taught leadership since 2004. Bill George is the author of three other best-selling books, and the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Medtronic. I interviewed him about social media, the recession, offense vs. defense, leadership, and needs of the innovation workforce. Continue reading

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Do you know your 3 F's of Innovation?

I had the opportunity to interview James Todhunter, Chief Technology Officer at Invention Machine about engaging employees in a successful open innovation effort. Invention Machine is a software company that drives sustainable innovation across global organizations. In his blog Innovating to Win, Todhunter regularly offers insights and observations on building high-performance teams that can drive sustainable innovation across organizations. Continue reading

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Making the Change to Proudly Found Elsewhere

I had the opportunity to interview Chris Thoen back when he was the Director of Innovation & Knowledge Management at P&G about the challenges of shifting an organization as big as P&G from closed innovation to open innovation, and the P&G Connect + Develop program. Dr. Thoen was a twenty year P&G veteran who started his career as a research scientist in the Fabric & Home Care division and now heads up the Global Open Innovation Office, also known as Connect + Develop. Continue reading

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