Monthly Archives: May 2010

Nothing Runs Like a Deere. Except a CAT.

Bloomberg BusinessWeek ran a short piece this week about how John Deere’s lean inventory has created a predicament for its most loyal customers: Do they forgo immediate equipment needs and risk missing part or all of their harvest, or purchase new tractors and combines from AGCO or (gasp!) Caterpillar? Deere has the lowest inventory as a percentage of sales among ...

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15 Ideas to Make Your DIY Social Media More Successful

Introducing a coordinated, vibrant social media effort into an organization depends on more than an “official” group creating content. Ideally multiple and varied people throughout an organization are functioning almost as beat reporters and sharing their individual perspectives on topics relevant to targeted audiences. How do you get do-it-yourself (DIY) social media support from people already contending with more than ...

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What am I supposed to use my iPad for again?

I wanted to use my iPad for at least a few weeks before writing about my experience, first with the setup and then with my usage, and what I think the future holds for the device. Wi-Fi reliability. During the first few days after the iPad’s release, the most common media topic was the iPad’s poor Wi-Fi reception. I was ...

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Death of the Chief Innovation Officer?

I recently did a presentation to a large nationwide insurance company around “the state of innovation” today. it was an interesting opportunity to reflect upon some of the major changes that I’ve been noticing going on over the last year. As this was a pretty senior audience, it was no surprise that one of the items that caught their attention ...

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What We Can Learn From the NFL Draft

I have a confession to make – I love the NFL draft! I don’t sit in front of a TV for three days, hanging on every pick. But I like the suspense of wondering who will get selected first. I enjoy seeing the differences between what the experts predict and who the teams actually draft. And I’m anxious to see ...

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Innovation Failure Points – Strangled in the Crib

I am going to start a multi-part post today thinking about innovation’s failure points. Too often all we hear about are the innovation successes, yet if the statistics are right, there are far more “failures” than successes. I believe it is more interesting and more informative to consider the failures rather than the successes, in that every failure is instructive, ...

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Humility and Leadership

News Flash – the phrase ”humble leadership” is not an oxymoron. While many people immediately conjure-up an image of the ever so confident, bombastic extrovert without an ounce of humility as the picture of what constitutes a real leader, nothing could be further from the truth. As my wife has always said, “Those who talk the most usually have the ...

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What's Your FEI Question?

As you may know, I am at the Front End of Innovation conference this week in Boston, MA. Maybe you have been following along with the tweet stream (#feiboston), or maybe you haven’t, but… Take a look at the agenda for May 5, 2010 and riddle me this: If you were here at the conference, what question would you ask? ...

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Rethink, Reimagine, Reset

With The World In Such A Mess. It’s Time To Rethink, Reimagine And Preparing For A Reset. by Idris Mootee No question many of us are upset, feeling restless and wondering how we have created such a big mess of this world. Countries are going bankrupt with Spain on the border of joining Greece. Countries’ (including UK and US) skyrocketing ...

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