Category: Interviews

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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Balancing Intuition with Analysis

I had the opportunity to interview Roger Martin, the author of “The Design of Business” about the challenges companies face when they fail to balance analytical thinking with intuitive thinking. We also discuss a variety of other innovation topics including: barriers to innovation, education, and risk taking. Roger Martin has served as Dean of the Rotman School of Management since 1998. He is an advisor on strategy to the CEO’s of several major global corporations. Continue reading

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Part 3 of 3 – Building a Systemic Innovation Capability

I had the opportunity to interview Rowan Gibson, co-author of “Innovation to the Core” about the book and about creating a systemic innovation capability inside organizations. Rowan Gibson is a global business strategist, a bestselling author, an expert on radical innovation, and an Innovation Excellence co-founder. Continue reading

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