Category: Profiles of Innovators

Disrupt your own business before someone else does. Offering second hand books at low margin threatened Amazon’s higher value new book sales but this did not bother Bezos. He wanted to own that segment of the market too and to prevent a competitor from seizing it. Continue reading

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Success: The one thing nobody ever tells you about failure - Innovation Excellence

These days, there is no shortage of advice on how to be successful. Learning to code, creating disruption and even Montessori schools are commonly cited examples. But they are no more helpful than, “learn to do heart surgery”, “come up with a great idea and “go to Harvard.” Continue reading

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Linus Torvalds transformed technology twice — first with Linux, which helps power the Internet, and again with Git, the source code management system used by coders worldwide. In a rare interview with TED’s curator, Chris Anderson, Torvalds discusses with remarkable openness the personality traits that prompted his unique philosophy of work, engineering and life. Continue reading

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TED Talk: The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers [video] - Innovation Excellence

After years of studying the dynamics of success and productivity in the workplace, organizational psychologist Adam Grant discovered a three powerful and unexpected habits of originals — including embracing failure. Continue reading

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How the Impossible Becomes Possible - Innovation Excellence

Arthur C. Clark insisted that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Yet most of us have to live in a world of practicalities. Growing up means that fantasies must give way to realities. We learn to favor probabilities over possibilities. Continue reading

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Why Effective Innovation takes Focus - Innovation Excellence

The truth is that your mission needs to drive your strategy, not the other way around. Genuine excellence requires passion, commitment and consistency. You can’t create that in a boardroom meeting or a strategy session. It takes focus over an extended period of time. Continue reading

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RIP George Martin – An Innovation Master - Innovation Excellence

It has been a tough few months for Rock and Roll. We have lost Bowie, Lemmy, BB King, Chris Squire, Scott Weiland, Glenn Frey and today, Keith Emerson. On Tuesday, we lost another master blender and enabler – Sir George Martin, the Fifth Beatle. As an innovator, he epitomized many traits we should all aspire to – Expertise, openness, crossing boundaries and passion for quality. RIP Sir George Continue reading

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