Innovation Teaching Story

How Does Amazon Do It? Five Critical Factors That Explain Amazon’s Incredible Success

With Amazon edging towards becoming the world’s first trillion-dollar company, fresh attention is being paid to the factors that could derail its growth. The company slowed a bit this quarter, sending the stock down eleven percent. Nevertheless, this downtick should not distract from the reality that Amazon has emerged as the new model of innovation effectiveness. They are something new in ...

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Product Development Process Lessons from BOSE’s Innovations

I had the good fortune to work with Dr. Amar Bose and with the great company he founded. I helped to bring into the world two blockbuster products – BOSE’s Noise-Cancelling Headphones and the BOSE® Wave® Music System. Here are seven product development process lessons learned from our experience creating products enjoyed by millions of customers. Lesson #1: Noise-Cancelling Headphones Were Not ...

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Managing Business Growth Through Innovation

Innovation Excellence

Business growth is great, right? Seeing your company develop and evolve into something bigger and better is the goal of every entrepreneur, and I’m the same as everyone else in this case. However, as I’ve learned from experience, growth is not always a good thing. Please, don’t get me wrong, the fact of growth itself is fantastic. The ‘not good’ ...

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Insight #1: BIF Summit 2016

Tap into the Power of Reinvention! Unlike most conferences, the BIF Summit has no theme beyond presenting remarkable stories of transformation. Why? The BIF organizers know that the participants themselves will discover patterns, aha’s, and insights that make sense for them. I’ve been to most of the 12 BIF Summits. I now work for BIF, but like everybody else at ...

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Design Thinking and Action Learning for Product Managers and Innovators

How can your products solve customers’ needs… as fast as customers need them? Try Design Thinking coupled with Action Learning. Design Thinking is a method of problem solving centered around the end user. Action Learning is a collaborative process that defines a problem and focuses on the desired outcome. Using these two processes together provides innovative solutions fast enough to ...

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