Value Never Actually Disappears, It Just Shifts From One Place To Another

Earlier this year, I published an article about no-code software platforms, which was very well received. Before long, however, I began to get angry — and sometimes downright nasty — comments from software engineers who were horrified by the notion that you can produce software without actually understanding the code behind it. Of course, no-code platforms don’t obviate the need for software ...

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How Organizations Can Drive Successful Change

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Change scares the life out of most people. Even positive life events fill many with a sense of trepidation and fear. Aversion to change is why brides and grooms-to-be have second thoughts. And these are all examples of ‘self-inflicted’ change. Force change on people and their fear of the future ratchets up several notches. “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” ...

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Team Agility and Business Innovation: Agile Boundary Paradoxes

A new study conducted by Censuswide, sponsored by Ricoh Europe, examines the challenges and opportunities in establishing more agile and flexible businesses. Top of the list is regulation (39%), followed by lack of investment in new technologies (37%) and inescapably rigid internal hierarchies (35%) according to the 2,140 business leaders surveyed. Diez-Aguirre VP Corporate Marketing, Ricoh Europe said: “In today’s ...

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Don Draper is (Finally) Dead

David Bruel – Marketing, as we learned it, is dead.   We were Kings. I graduated from college in 2001. If you wanted to learn Marketing at that time, you had two options: join a consultancy firm or work in FMCG, ideally in the food industry. I had the privilege to be selected by one of the most admired companies ...

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The Art of Physician Entrepreneurship

Most doctors would agree that medicine, contrary to popular belief, is part science, but mostly art. Most of medical practice is not evidence based. On the other hand, there seems to be some argument whether entrepreneurship is an art, a science or both. Based on my experience of teaching and practicing both, here’s my two cents: The underlying foundation of science is a body ...

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How Trust Can Be A Competitive Advantage

One of the most rewarding things about writing my book Mapping Innovation was talking to the innovators themselves. All of them were prominent (one recently won the Nobel Prize), but I found them to be the among the kindest and most generous people you can imagine, nothing like the difficult and mercurial stereotype. At first, this may seem counterintuitive, because ...

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Three Tips on Organizational Change

The essence of timing, improvisation and exiting the realm of reason Leading innovation in organizations calls for changing strategies (objectives, business models), structures (processes, systems, hierarchies and ways of working) and cultures (behaviors, attitudes and organizational norms). Some attempts at deep transformational change succeed (IBM and Whirlpool are well documented) and many fail (Kodak and Borders books come to mind). ...

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The Unintended Consequences of IoT (Internet of Things) Deployment

Three of the most hyped technologies in recent years include Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Internet of Thing (IoT). And how do I know that they are hyped? Because in August 2018, Gartner published its latest hype cycle report for emerging technologies, putting IoT barely past the “peak of inflated expectations” (that’s when we believe the technology can do everything, ...

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