Monthly Archives: September 2019

How A Networked Culture Drives Innovation

In Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance, the bestselling memoir of the his historic turnaround at IBM, Lou Gerstner wrote, “I came to see, in my time at IBM, culture isn’t just one aspect of the game—It is the game. In the end, an organization is nothing more than the collective capacity of its people to create value.” There has been ...

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Entrepreneurial Efforts for Innovation Must Fit Your Brand

To meet ever-increasing growth objectives, established companies want to be more entrepreneurial. And the thinking goes like this – launch new products and services to create new markets, do it quickly and do it on a shoestring. Do that Lean Startup thing. Build minimum viable prototypes (MVPs), show them to customers, incorporate their feedback, make new MVPs, show them again, ...

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Silicon Valley’s Next Target: Disrupt the Construction and Real Estate Industries

‘Construction Tech’ and ‘Real Estate Tech’ are the next greenfield market spaces. Every industry, every company, and every leader must recognize one simple fact: every product, service, process, and business model will be disrupted–it’s just a matter of time. Companies that think they’re immune to the trends and technologies upending every industry on the planet risk the same thing: obsolescence. There’s ...

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How Education Can Win the 4th Industrial Revolution

If you agree, then thriving in the 4th industrial revolution will require nothing short of restructuring public education at all levels, not just k-12. Even doctors will need to change how they educate their young. How many things can you do with a paperclip? Many not for profits are directing their efforts to provide equitable access to public education. However, putting more ...

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When Should You Collaborate and When Should You Compete?

Boeing and Airbus are arch-rivals, competing vigorously over decades for supremacy in the global aviation market, much like DowDupont and BASF do in chemicals. Yet all of these companies, along with many others, collaborate at places like the Composites Institute (IACMI). They do this not out of any altruism, of course, but self-interest. It is at places like the Composites ...

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The Whole System is Rigged Against Innovation

Work in innovation for more than a decade you see familiar patterns. One of the most damning, yet predictable ones is relying on the core business units to commercialize innovations outside of their core. This tendency bruises an innovation effort beyond recognition, undermines the credibility of the professions who did the initial discovery, front-end work in the organizations, and threatens ...

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Scenarios for Smart, Sustainable, Human Cities

Intelligent, Connected, and Mobile – By Rohit Talwar, Steve Wells, Alexandra Whittington, April Koury, and Maria Romero How might technological advances in data management, artificial intelligence, and energy help shape the future of cities? A vision of the “city of the future” is often presented as a compelling symbol of the direction in which society could progress. Whilst visions differ, ...

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Drivers of Commoditycare

Imitation and commoditization in retail products and services has become the norm and it’s getting harder and harder to stand out in the mind of customers. Despite enormous advertising budgets, slick marketing, viral social media campaigns, and hype, most product improvement is incremental with very little real innovation. Similarly, while there are presently big variations in care, the drive to ...

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