Strategy

Can You Have Slow Innovation?

by Jeffrey Phillips Just as the peacekeeper missile and “postal service” have entered the lexicon as oxymorons, I’d like to add another: slow innovation. Clearly, slow or cautious innovation is anathema to innovation and an oxymoron. Why is there such an emphasis on speed where innovation is concerned? Innovators have to respond quickly with new ideas, and implement the ideas ...

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Innovation Perspectives – Yes, No, and Everything In Between

This is the third of several ‘Innovation Perspectives‘ articles we will publish this week from multiple authors to get different perspectives on The Importance of Innovation Strategy. Here is the next perspective in the series: by Mike Brown Does an organization need an innovation strategy? Let me say, unequivocally, “It depends.” Depending on its business situation, there are multiple strategic ...

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Innovation Perspectives – Leveraging Intrapreneurs

This is the second of several ‘Innovation Perspectives‘ articles we will publish this week from multiple authors to get different perspectives on The Importance of Innovation Strategy. On the heels of Braden Kelley’s kickoff, here is another perspective: by Steve Todd If a corporation lacks a cohesive and well understood innovation strategy, can it still be productive and creative? I ...

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Great Ideas Aren't Innovation

by Mike Myatt “Ideas Don’t Equal Innovation” and I can prove it…It is my hope that today’s post will serve to help dispel the myth that ideas are inherently good things. Let me state right from the outset that I place little value on ideas. Not only do raw ideas have little intrinsic value, but they are often very costly. ...

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Don't Be Commoditized

by Steve McKee The other day I met with about a dozen smart, aggressive CEOs, all of whom run successful companies. Most of them, like most of us, are struggling in the current economic environment. The conversation turned to the pressure on margins they’re facing, particularly in industries where distinguishing one competitor from another can be difficult. The question on ...

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Two Steps to Innovation

Innovation is a company’s future. Don’t believe me, ask the stock market. “Today, some 70% of the valuation of the top 500 S&P companies is made up of intangible capital, value not on the balance sheet,” according to Mark Van Clieaf, CEO of MVC International. Future growth from innovation is a significant contributor to intangible capital. What to do? Well ...

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Value versus Price

When 2008 came to a close, Nestle looked up and saw that revenues were up ten percent, fueled in part by higher prices. Procter & Gamble reports that its premium products are doing just fine, despite being priced 60 percent (Tide Total Care) or 70 percent (Clairol’s Perfect 10) higher than its base brands. Pepsi is stepping up support of ...

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New Feature – 'Innovation Perspectives'

Thanks to an idea/request from Jeffrey Phillips of OVO Innovation, we are starting a regular monthly feature here on Blogging Innovation called Innovation Perspectives. The idea is to present our loyal readers with different perspectives on a single topic all in one place – from several different authors. This will give our innovation community the opportunity to compare, contrast and ...

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Part 1 – Nature's 10 Simple Rules

I’ve done the helicopter view of Adam Werbach’s book “Strategy for Sustainability: A Business Manifesto” but now’s the time to dig deeper. Right at the front of Adam’s book (and picked up by Fast Company) is a list of Nature’s 10 Simple Rules for Business Survival. In this list Adam draws from nature a tough bottom line for sustainable business. ...

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Five Ways to Create Innovation Throughout Your Life

When innovation is brought up in a business context, we mostly think about, well, the business. We think of innovations related to products, business models, go-to-market strategies and the like. This blog does a great job of identifying and promoting specific strategies and tactics for accelerating and maximizing innovation through those and other business-specific contexts. But your business strategy is ...

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