In what may be one of the great understatements, Tom Peters’ mother once remarked that her son “was a pretty good talker.” We’ve had the pleasure, along with you, of watching Tom over many decades and know that his particular brand of “talk” led a revolution in management aka they way people run enterprises, leading to a re-definition of what work itself has become. Continue reading
I have been lucky enough to know Andy Stefanovich for over seven years. He is Chief Curator and Provocateur at Prophet, a strategic branding and marketing consultancy, and the author of Look at More. More importantly to me, he is on my personal Top 10 list of cool, creative, innovation catalyst’s I turn to for inspiration. Andy a truly innovative thinker and a change agent like no other. Continue reading
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, …
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
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
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 …
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