Embracing failure is, all too often, a cop-out. Just like managers who suggest a re-org to “unsilo” their enterprise or say they could deliver performance if only they had the “right people,” many in technology believe that failure comes with the territory. It doesn’t. Technology only succeeds when it mitigates failure and makes the world better. Continue reading

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Matthew Griffin sits down with the CTO of one of Europe’s largest utilities to understand what advice he’d give a Twentieth Century organisation trying to inject Twenty First Century DNA into their organisation. Continue reading

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Value Proposition Design Book Cover

I had the opportunity to interview Alex Osterwalder about his new book Value Proposition Design. This is the second part of the two part interview. For fun I thought I would break the interview into two parts so we could take a look at his thoughts on both bad value propositions and good value propositions in turn. Below you will find my questions in bold and Alex’s answers immediately following the questions. Continue reading

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Jack Ma

Steve Jobs and Jack Ma have a lot in common. Both are drop-outs, Steve Jobs left college and spent some time collecting trash cans for money, while Jack Ma failed the university entrance exam twice and most of his job applications were rejected, including KFC. However, one thing sets them apart, one thing which has been the cornerstone of many of Jack Ma’s interviews: failure. Continue reading

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Though competition is an unavoidable aspect of business, its effects can potentially foster or deter innovation depending on a leader’s management style. Celebrating success and discouraging failure is a familiar binary for most, but what would happen if a business decides to reverse that paradigm? What if we celebrated failure, and discouraged dwelling on our successes? Continue reading

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How can we enthuse and empower a whole new generation of entrepreneurs? How can we double or treble the rate at which start-up businesses are formed? Can we build a ladder to take entrepreneurs all the way up? Continue reading

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There are 12 strategic action areas that wise executives need to actively attend to in order to create a culture of innovation within their organizations. While the e-book describing all 12 is free and available, we’ve been asked to chunk it into 12 smaller articles for LinkedIn Pulse. Continue reading

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