Author Archives: Mukesh Gupta

Why Do Startups Fail?

Premise: There has been enough written about startups and reasons why almost all of them fail. So, why write another post about this? Even though there is no dearth of resources (blogs, videos, books, stories, etc) on reasons why startups fail and how to avoid them, I don’t see any reduction in the failure rates of startups; I don’t see ...

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Four Pathways to Innovation

I was facilitating a group of senior leaders who were tasked with leading the innovation effort in their respective organization and started the facilitation with the simple yet profound question – “How do you define innovation?” The best answer I’ve so far received to this question is the following: “Innovation is applied problem solving leading to generation of value.” The ...

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Solving Wicked Problems

Premise: DW Akademie recently reported that Germany would like to experiment with making public transportation free in 5 of its cities to explore if this can help it meet the pollution norms of European Union. The question is if this is the approach that will produce the results that it is expecting to achieve. This in addition to the policy to ban ...

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6 Ways to Grow Your Curiosity

Holding a curious mindset is a great starting point when you’re leading your team or organization. If you’re in a truly new space, you won’t always know the answers. Your team won’t either. You’re going to venture into the unknown together. Curiosity is a great way to lead that charge.” –Tim Brown, IDEO CEO Premise: It is human tendency to ...

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3 Character Traits of a Good Innovation Manager

Almost every CEO that I meet wants to find out a way to out-innovate their competition. They want to innovate to improve their profits. They want to innovate so that they can help their customers innovate. And in the same breath, they also say that almost all their innovation projects are either struggling to take off or have not yielded the kind of results that looked possible.

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The Complexities of Digital Transformation

I have been reading about digital transformation everywhere I go on the internet for some time now and yet, I don’t yet see true success stories of a brand or a business that has actually successfully gone through and transformed, in the true sense of transformation. The question is why is this so?

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3 Ways to Systematically Come Up with Breakthrough Ideas

Every organisation and every leader that you talk to today, wants to build a culture of innovation and a breakthrough product as soon as possible. However, if we look closely, there are three ways to come up with an idea that has the potential to become a breakthrough innovation: Imagination Insights Challenging current assumptions Lets talk about all the three ...

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