The World is on the Verge of Getting Smaller

As many of you may already know, recently I joined Oracle to help build a new innovation and digital transformation offering that leverages design thinking and other tools to engage prospective North American customers of Oracle in human-centered problem-solving focused on solving their most pressing challenges. One of the attractions to this particular role was the opportunity to work for ...

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How a Shortage of Innovation Leads to Unemployment

Some believe that robots will take over all our jobs and therefore innovation (specifically in the area of robots) will cause unemployment. But in reality, it’s the other way around. You may be familiar with the product life cycle diagram. Every product (and when I say “product” I also include service, process, or business model) has a life cycle, typically ...

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The Problems with Legacy Leaving

Now that there are more and more people who are older, lonely, socially isolated and depressed, we are seeing lots of articles encouraging people to mentor or do something that “leaves a legacy”. Consequently, intergenerational websites, platforms and organizations are growing. The lost tribe of medicine is no exception. However, there are some problems with doing things to leave a legacy: Like your business strategic ...

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Six Trends Shaping the Future of Health Care

The healthcare industry is an ecosystem. So are the companies disrupting it. This article is one more in a series I call Everything Transformed where I’m highlighting the disruptive forces revolutionizing just about every industry on the planet, including packaging, travel and hospitality, industrial safety, and more. This time it’s healthcare. It’s no secret. The healthcare industry is going through massive disruption. To some, it’s ...

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Leaders Need Members – Optimizing versus Maximising

I help businesses innovate their business more quickly than they innovate their products. What that means is I help businesses modernize their leadership to become more coaching and co-constructive. I help businesses create cooperation across silos. I help businesses engage their customers, to co-create their products. And I help businesses to integrate their commercial and their innovation functions, so that ...

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Make it Personal, But Don’t Take it Personally

Tips for Facilitating Meetings with Different Personality Types

There are a lot of things that motivate (bio)entrepreneurs. Some come from inside (intrinsic) and others come from outside (extrinsic). Most think that it’s a good idea to have passion for your cause, product, technology or objective. Others think that that “passion” can cloud your judgement, further obscure your blind spots, and lead you to be pig headed or obstinate in ...

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For Innovative Ideas try a Cluster of Strangers

I recently ran a workshop for a group of CEOs of small companies from different sectors and industries.  We ran the following exercise.  Each person started with a blank sheet of paper on which they answered the following questions about their organization. What are your main products or services? List three or four. What are your main markets? These can ...

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