Tag Archives: Habits

1 Habit of Highly Effective Innovators

I picked up my copy of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey the other day. I remembered that one of Covey’s principles was to begin with the end in mind and I’ve been doing some detailed thinking recently about what my own end is, so to speak. It struck me that there’s some useful lessons in the book about how to grow a business in 2015.

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Failure Forums: Lessons from SimonDelivers – a failure to change customer habits

SimonDelivers had launched as a online grocery delivery business in 1999 at the height of the Dot.com boom. By 2001 many of their competitors had imploded in the Dot.com bust. Miraculously SimonDelivers had managed to be one of the few that weathered the storm only to be later caught up in the real estate bust of 2008. Often times we can learn more from failures of others than from their successes. This story is a glimpse into the lessons learned from the failure of SimonDelivers.

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Managing Dogma, Mindsets and Needs

Sometimes you would be amazed at the underlying tensions that occur when you get into those discussions around the board table about how innovation contributes to strategic direction. Even managing the present portfolio of innovation initiatives get often so caught up in these underlying tensions, as it becomes another opportunity to open up the old wounds of bruising past battles and get back into those discussions again.

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The Seven Habits of Effective Intrapreneurs (intro)

As an inventor I have witnessed a fairly distinctive pattern of intrapreneurship within my own multi-national corporation (EMC). The employees that are the most successful at advancing their ideas through the corporate maze tend to operate using a fairly well-defined rhythm. The chart below breaks down this rhythm into a set of discrete steps that can be learned and practiced by creative employees world-wide.

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