Author Archives: Soren Kaplan

Is Organizational Structure The Secret to Innovation?

Change your company’s structure to get bigger and better ideas. Just about everyone wants more creativity and innovation these days. But what’s the secret to getting it? While most companies agree that innovation is vital, few actually spend time creating structures or devising rewards systems hinged on creativity. Many leaders also struggle with the fact that innovation comes from culture, something that’s hard to measure or ...

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Six Trends Shaping the Future of Health Care

The healthcare industry is an ecosystem. So are the companies disrupting it. This article is one more in a series I call Everything Transformed where I’m highlighting the disruptive forces revolutionizing just about every industry on the planet, including packaging, travel and hospitality, industrial safety, and more. This time it’s healthcare. It’s no secret. The healthcare industry is going through massive disruption. To some, it’s ...

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Decouple the Value Chain to Drive Digital Disruption

“Decoupling” the value chain is the next big strategy for digital innovation and business models Digital disruption isn’t just about the internet or mobile technology. It’s about the digitally-driven business models that forever transform business as usual no matter what you’re doing. I recently had a chance to connect with Harvard Business School professor, Thales Teixeira, whose most recent book, Unlocking the ...

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The Travel & Hospitality Industry is Being Disrupted – Again

Airbnb disrupted hotels. Now big travel and hospitality companies are going after the next disruptive innovation themselves before getting blindsided yet again. If you’ve followed my Inc.com column, you know I work with both big companies and start-ups around the world. My research, consulting and speaking give me a glimpse into the fledgling trends and upstarts that will one day become tomorrow’s business behemoths. As ...

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Serious About Your Social Mission? Then Innovate It

A “lean” approach amplifies both profits and purpose. Corporate philanthropy. Benefit corporations. Nonprofits and non-governmental organizations. Doing well while doing good seems to be all the rage these days. Sounds ideal. But, if we are truly intent on achieving both, we need to start taking social impact just as seriously. Mission-driven organizations have an equal opportunity to apply the principles ...

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Manufacturing Isn’t Dead, It’s Just Transforming Before Our Eyes

Large scale 3D printing farms will create the next industrial revolution When it comes to business and the economy, there’s constant buzz about Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook. There’s also been lots of attention lately on middle America and the loss of manufacturing jobs. At times these topics seem at odds – the new high-tech guard disrupting the old, jobs shifting from blue to white ...

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Innovation Comes With Messiness. Here’s How to Manage It

Every bold innovation involves messiness. The Chief Product Officer at Adobe reveals how to use it to succeed. In my work advising and consulting to some of the world’s most innovative companies, I see the best of the best practices for managing innovation. I also get a behind-the-scenes view of what really goes on during the innovation process itself–and it’s messy. We tend to ...

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How to Cut Costs and Still Be Innovative

With all the hype these days around the impending disruptions on the horizon such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and the like, it’s natural to assume that breakthrough innovation requires breakthrough technology. And if you consider the mind-boggling burn rates of recent innovation icons like Uber, WeWork, and MoviePass, it’s also easy to assume that monstrous investments are needed to grow a successful ...

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