Tag Archives: growth

Healthy Dose of Amnesia

When doing both strategic planning and innovation work the biggest hurdles are your own experiences, world-views, and knowledge of the market and players in it. Sounds odd, I understand. You’ve worked hard to come to your understanding. Still, don’t trust it. These hurdles create blind spots, biases, and fatal assumptions. Don’t believe me. Look to the market for example after ...

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Let’s Get Real About Innovation Hurdles

This is a brief case study for meaningful & constructive conversations about why things aren’t working within our innovation efforts. — Quick intro I’m passionate about helping people take their best ideas to market, and I’m fully aware that ideas can come from anyone or anywhere. But to get to market is often a complicated process full of ambiguity and ...

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Scaling Up Startups in Corporate Settings

In recent years, an increasing intensity in collaboration between incumbent companies and startups has been observed. Meanwhile, close to 80% of corporations and startups have already been or are collaborating. The mutual – actually complementary – benefits seem pretty obvious: Benefits for startups include availability of office space, hardware, networks, support and potential funding access to market and customer base ...

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Poo as Good Business

Talk about nothing wasted. Behold the founding story, which reads more like a creation myth, of Poo~Pourri. A 40-year old woman from Jonesboro, Arkansas declares her second bankruptcy. Conventional “rules” of success did not work for her life. To heal she renounces the world of commerce and takes two-year spiritual quest, experimenting with alternative healing methods that included the lost ...

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Innovating Human Resources

If you boil down the function of Human Relations to logical extremes, you end up with polar opposites. On one hand, you have the traditional view of HR: a place to fill out all of your essential employee paperwork, ask questions about benefits, send out messages about birthdays, and a place to be heard if you have an issue with ...

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Wisdom within Dichotomy

To create future success, you’ve got to outlaw the very thing responsible for your past success. Sometimes slower is faster and sometimes slower is slower. But it’s always a judgement call. We bite the bullet and run expensive experiments because they’re valuable, but we neglect to run the least expensive thought experiments because they’re too disruptive. There’s an infinite difference ...

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Belly Button Meeting Tips

We get hired to moderate and facilitate a lot of meetings. Sometimes they are annual strategic workshops. Sometimes they are customer co-creations. They range from strategy to innovation and every combination between the two poles. Some of the most telling is the meetings that explore a potential growth area for a business. Many organizations cannot summon the objectivity to lead ...

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How to Create a Culture to Capitalize on Innovation

Creating a Commercialization Culture A presentation by Jay Morgan, VP Global Innovation Bayer Consumer Care given at the back end of Innovation Conference, October, 2015. Jay Morgan shared his story of how Merck Consumer Care (now Bayer Consumer Care) began its innovation journey. The story takes place in Memphis, TN. It begins in 2011. It began with struggle and a ...

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Revenue Model Innovation Exercise

One generative exercise for any CPG company to explore growing market share is to hold a session where a team role plays a wide array of alternative revenue models for a particular brand. As far as the ground rules for this ideation session, any ideas should be welcomed—and the cultural antibodies of HOW WE HAVE ALWAYS DONE THINGS need to ...

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