Tag Archives: change

Plan to be Punched in the Face

Experienced leaders know how just easily the most carefully crafted plan can go awry, particularly in the innovation process. In his new Little Black Book of Innovation, Scott Anthony cautions against betting the farm on the perfect plan. “No business plan survives first contact with the market,” Anthony says.

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40 Reasons Why We Struggle with Innovation

The fuzzy front end of innovation confronts you with a lot of questions. For the new edition of my book Creating innovative Products and Services, I have posted a question on front-end innovation struggles to innovation practitioners in more than 20 Linkedin groups. The response was massive. I made a list of forty reasons why people struggle starting innovation in their companies in daily practice.

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Customer Value Pulses

Customer value pulses are targeted waves that result in steady, rhythmic increases in market growth and value production. Market growth and value production can each happen independently, but then you experience them as propped up by your effort, leaning heavy on the work you must continue just to keep them alive. Better to bring the two together and let them support each other, even create synergies together.

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Innovation Schadenfreude

Creating Value from the Misery of Others The unspoken goal of innovation is to delight. In their delight, the user or recipient of the innovation validates the efforts made on their behalf to dispel their problem. For an innovator the joy comes from recognizing pain, suffering, heartache, or confusion and then conceiving of and designing something that takes that misery ...

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Importance of Empathy to Leadership

A while back I wrote a blog about resilience being one of the most important qualities for today’s leaders. A number of readers agreed with me, and one went on to point out another very important leadership trait that often gets overlooked – empathy. Most people don’t associate the word “empathy” with effective leadership. Business leaders are supposed to be ...

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Job Hunting in a Social Media World

Are You Keeping Up? by Holly G. Green A colleague sent me an interesting report the other day – 125 Linked-In Job Search Tips. It’s a great read that got me thinking about how much things have changed in the employment landscape since I started my career. It also reminded me of how critical it is to keep up to ...

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