Author Archives: Soren Kaplan

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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Make Your Next Corporate Offsite a Disruptive Innovation Jam

How to transform a boring leadership offsite into an inspiring springboard for the future I’ve been fortunate to work with thousands of executives from many household names over the past 20 years. There’s one thing just about every company and every leadership team share in common – the annual offsite. Most offsites focus on building big visions, crafting change management strategies, and aligning ...

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The Top 10 Business Strategy Books of 2018

There’s a big trend when it comes to business strategy books and it’s all about business models In my work advising executives from both big companies and startups, I get insight into what’s on the minds of some of the most strategic, innovative leaders in the planet.  There are a few consistent and common themes, usually presented as questions that ...

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Lean Start-Up’s Newest Tool is a Game Changer for All Innovators

Use Innovation Accounting to Drive the Metrics that Matter Most for Your New Venture or Start-Up As the field of innovation management matures, many entrepreneurs and companies have built solid capabilities in design thinking, rapid prototyping, portfolio management, open innovation, and the list goes on. But a recent study of 1200 executives by PwC found that 54% of leaders struggle to align business strategy with innovation ...

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Who Should Own Innovation In Your Company?

Do You Have the Right People Running Innovation? See what the latest research says about who should “own innovation” in the corporation   Who is responsible for innovation within your organization? We all know that successful innovation isn’t just about coming up with an idea for the next big thing. True innovation requires ownership and agile execution . Companies that ...

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Create Your Invisible Advantage through a Culture of Innovation

Want a Culture of Innovation? Here’s how to create an organization focused on freethinking, an entrepreneurial spirit, and sustainable value creation at all levels across all functions. Editor’s note: This article based on Kaplan’s upcoming book, The Invisible Advantage Every organization is designed to get the results it gets. Poor performance comes from a poorly designed organization. Superior results emerge ...

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