Monthly Archives: June 2018

Testing Your Strategy – Does it nest?

A few days ago, as I was waiting for an item I purchased in my local Apple store to be brought out to me from the back of the store, I had the opportunity to observe Apple’s frontline strategy be played out in front of me. It revolved around another floor associate assisting a gentleman considering the purchase of an ...

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Accelerating Corporate Startups at Telekom UQBATE

ChallengeUp Team

Johannes Nuenning is VP of the Deutsche Telekom incubator, targeting employees who want to realize their idea, and become entrepreneurs: yes, en-trepreneur, and not necessarily in-trapreneur! Johannes acts as business angel for corporate entrepreneurs, developing entrepreneurship, and creativity mindsets within this large corporation. He kindly takes us through the mission, and the organization of this ambitious accelerator. Attracting, and supporting ...

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Innovation Isn’t About Control, But Access

Completed in 1928, Henry Ford’s River Rouge plant was a marvel of its age. It was almost 100% vertically integrated, even producing its own steel and by the 1930s over 100,000 employees worked there, producing nearly every component for the cars that Ford built. It was, at the time, considered to be a key advantage. Nobody makes factories like that ...

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Don’t Accelerate Innovation – Burst it

The most difficult part of innovation is starting, and the best way to start is the Innovation Burst Event, or IBE. The IBE is a short, focused event with three objectives: to learn innovation methods, to provide hands-on experience, and to generate actual results. In short, the IBE is a great way to get started. There are a couple flavors ...

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Revealing the Invisible Future

Revealing the Invisible Future

Technology seems to be changing around us faster than ever before. Autonomous cars, artificial intelligence, machine learning, sensors, blockchain, Internet of Things, and so many other technologies are transforming our expectations and our lives. But not only that, they are also changing the way we behave. Recently I had the opportunity to interview Tom Koulopoulos, one of Innovation Excellence’s most ...

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Primed & Ready: How to Extend Your Brand & Conquer Adjacent Spaces

It’s easy to think big. What’s harder is to activate the ideas that push the envelope responsibly. Welcome to the ‘Overlooked Middle’ —the way to tap sweet spots you’ve been missing. _____ When I’m in an ideation session, concepts typically fall into one of two banks: core ideas, which nestle tightly with the brand’s existing equity and assets, and disruptive ideas—blue-sky, ...

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A Boomers Guide to Teaching Millennials

My parents were traditionalists. I’m a boomer. I work with a lot of Gen-Xers. I teach a lot of millennials. We are all trying to understand each other and adapt to how we teach and learn. Some teachers have to deal with helicopter parents more than the kids. Since we are all, mostly, products of our environment and the cyclical ...

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The Necessary Value of Unstructured Time

I want to dedicate a column to the next generation. For me, this means addressing Uncle Leo and Ellery, my youngest son and grandson respectively. May they have the space to explore in the vast treasures of childhood and lose a sense of time while playing. There seems to be an unconscious conspiracy against the people having free time to ...

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Stoked: Why Action Sports is the Ultimate Culture of Innovation

In boardrooms across the globe senior executives are talking about building cultures of innovation within their organizations. At the same time managers are lamenting about the difficulties of supervising and incenting Millennials in the workplace. Yet this rising generation, fueled by a culture forever altered by Action Sports, holds the answers to breaking down the barriers to corporate innovation. Millennials ...

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The Case of the Stolen Idea

What happens when your idea is stolen? You have an idea. Your great, wonderful idea which is the best thing anyone has heard in years or centuries… As many other innovators, you explain your idea to your friends, colleagues or superiors trying to get funding or valuable feedback. But then, weeks or months later, you found out that someone realized ...

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