Author Archives: Greg Satell

Four Things Nobody Ever Tells You About Innovation

Every enterprise needs to innovate. It doesn’t matter whether you are a profit-seeking business, a nonprofit organization or a government entity, the simple truth is that every business model fails eventually, because things change over time. We have to manage not for stability, but for disruption or face irrelevance. There is no shortage of advice for how to go about ...

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This Army Colonel Is Helping Large Enterprises Innovate Like Lean Startups

Since the turn of the century, the US Military has been continually disrupted. Traditionally it was designed to fight conventional wars against great adversaries. Yet since 9/11 it has found itself fighting networks of loosely connected small groups that are able to continually evolve their tactics. That’s a very different kind of battle. It’s a situation that most executives at ...

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Here’s What You Really Need To Know About Blockchain

In 1970, a scientist at IBM Research named Edgar F. Codd make a remarkable discovery that would truly change the world. Though few realized it at the time, including at IBM, which neglected to commercialize it. It was called the relational model for the database and it would spawn an entire industry. Yet while today few have heard of relational databases, everybody seems to ...

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It’s Time To Be Skeptical About The Lean Startup. Here’s Why:

The Lean Startup

In 1997 Clayton Christensen published The Innovator’s Dilemma and it sparked a revolution. It seemed that for years all anyone could talk about was disruptive innovation. That was until Henry Chesbrough published Open Innovation in 2003 and that got hot. Then Stanford launched its d.school and design thinking was where it was at. Yet go to an innovation conference these ...

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The Semmelweis Myth and Why It’s Not Really True

I was serving on an expert panel at a recent innovation conference and an attendee asked about the Semmelweis effect, the tendency for people to reject new evidence that contradicts established beliefs. He wanted to know how aspiring innovators can overcome inherent bias against new ideas.` The effect gets its name from the story of Ignaz Semmelweis, the Hungarian doctor ...

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