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Innovation is a Lifestyle, Not a Bunch of Metrics

Far too many supposed innovation experts believe that measuring activities is critical to success. Maybe. Maybe not so much. At least for the big stuff. Innovation activities simply for the sake of doing something without context and insight from the measure may be in fact very misleading. Persistent growth, profit, ROI and NPV are the obvious measures, really the only ones that ...

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The Importance of Seeing it Coming

In my travels this year, the one comment I’m hearing is “we just didn’t see it coming.” The grocery industry didn’t see it coming when Amazon suddenly jumped into their industry and 25 billion in market cap got erased overnight. An insurance company in California didn’t see it coming when the effects of climate change fueled a raging wildfire that ...

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Want Great Insight? Then Experience It!

Listen, Watch…Then Do I’ll argue that while most do the first two , very few get to the last – the do part. That’s the single most important thing. It’s through the do, through direct experience that one develops and picks up on the most important thing. Context. Only through a never ending, ecosystem wide and even beyond, persistent and ...

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13 Guidelines for Navigating the New Decade Ahead

In 2009, after a speech at the St. Petersburg International Economic Summit (Russia’s Davos), I wandered into a  panel discussion on the topic of trade wars, led by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. My thought was: “why this topic?” Trade wars were not on most people’s radar, certainly not mine. But the question is: should they have been? I’ve been ruminating of late about ...

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Innovation: Don’t flirt if you don’t mean business

“This has been the most energized, inspired day in my long career here,” proclaimed a Senior Director of R&D of a durable goods company, “but it will be a complete waste of time if the company doesn’t launch any of these products or services.” His comments resounded with prophetic pomp, a sad vocal thunder. Everyone knew the truth about which ...

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Creating Collaborative Workplace Cultures

Some CEO’S, executive teams and leaders mistakenly assume that organizational culture is simply a social phenomenon that they have no control over, and cannot impact. Yet, according to Gallup, CEO’s, executive teams and leaders are the key catalysts towards creating a collaborative workplace culture. This is because culture is more about connecting with & sharing people’s values and beliefs, understanding & ...

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The Leadership Gap in Innovation

the leadership gap

A vast majority of executives, more than 80% according to sources, consider innovation to be paramount for the future success of their organization. Yet, very few of them are succeeding in it. A McKinsey study, for example, puts the number of executives who are satisfied with their innovation performance at 6%. There’s clearly a huge gap between expectations and actual ...

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Three Phases of Embedding Innovation

Failure is real and should be feared. Ironically, fear of failure is the most potent saboteur. This is a fact proven time and time again in the world of innovation. Many expensive and time-consuming efforts to build innovation capability and capacity inside of organizations fail for a few simple reasons. Either they import a framework completely from the outside without ...

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Healthy Dose of Amnesia

When doing both strategic planning and innovation work the biggest hurdles are your own experiences, world-views, and knowledge of the market and players in it. Sounds odd, I understand. You’ve worked hard to come to your understanding. Still, don’t trust it. These hurdles create blind spots, biases, and fatal assumptions. Don’t believe me. Look to the market for example after ...

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