Innovation

The Gladwell Trap

I recently bought a book that I was really excited about. It’s one of those books that’s created a lot of buzz and it was highly recommended by someone I respect. The author’s pedigree included Harvard, Stanford, McKinsey and a career as a successful entrepreneur and CEO. Yet about halfway in I noticed that he was choosing facts to fit ...

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Top 20 Innovation Articles of October 2019

Drum roll please… At the beginning of each month we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month that generated the most traffic to Innovation Excellence. We also publish a weekly Top 8 as part of our FREE email newsletter. Did your favorite make the cut? But enough delay, here are October’s twenty most popular innovation posts: The Age ...

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You Can’t Innovate When …

Your company believes everything should always go as planned. You still have to do your regular job. The project’s completion date is disrespectful of the work content. Your company doesn’t recognize the difference between complex and complicated. The team is not given the tools, training, time and a teacher. You’re asked to generate 500 ideas but you’re afraid no one ...

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Innovation is the Triumph of Hope over Experience

Oscar Wilde, perhaps one of the most acerbic and humorous writers of the 19th century, once commented that a second marriage after a failed first marriage was the “triumph of hope over experience”. His point was that people continued to pursue marriage, even in the face of bitter previous failure. Now Wilde was a bachelor, and also unable to marry ...

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Innovation Leadership

Innovation starts with people. Things don’t innovate. They’re not people. Companies don’t. They’re not people. AI? Sorry, it’s not actually AI and of course, not person…yet… None of the above lead either. In the end, as in any kind of leadership, it’s about the person, the group of people after that doing those special things that get folks to run ...

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Secrets of a Successful Serial Intrapreneur- Paul Campbell: Chief Innovation Officer, W.L. Gore & Associates

A Keynote presentation from the Back End of Innovation Conference The first slide gave away the four secrets in brief form: Ideation Deconstruct Incubate Scale up Paul began his talk with a metaphor, the new SalesForce building—a new type of structure that is unprecedented in earthquake zones because it was so safe. He claims companies need to re-think their current ...

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Is Artificial Intelligence The New Productivity Paradox?

In the 1970s and 80s, business investment in computer technology were increasing by more than 20% per year. Strangely though, productivity growth had decreased during the same period. Economists found this turn of events so strange that they called it the productivity paradox to underline their confusion. Productivity growth would take off in the late 1990s, but then mysteriously drop ...

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