Make Your Next Corporate Offsite a Disruptive Innovation Jam

How to transform a boring leadership offsite into an inspiring springboard for the future I’ve been fortunate to work with thousands of executives from many household names over the past 20 years. There’s one thing just about every company and every leadership team share in common – the annual offsite. Most offsites focus on building big visions, crafting change management strategies, and aligning ...

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Here’s What Our Quantum Future Will Look Like

Time to Take the Quantum Age Seriously

Quantum computing is the hot new thing. With Moore’s Law ending, there is a mad rush to find a new avenue for advancement. To optimists, quantum computing will fit the bill nicely and we’ll make the transition smoothly. To pessimists, the technology will kill encryption and bring down global commerce with it. Neither of these things are even remotely true. ...

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This Could Be the World’s Single Largest Industry By 2050. Are You Ready For It?

Every so often an innovation comes along that becomes a watershed for the next 100 years. For the 21st Century, this is it. Few things are getting as much attention as driverless cars. Google’s Waymo spinoff recently announced that its driverless cars have driven over 3 million miles, rumors are floating about Apple patents for autonomous vehicles and potential play ...

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Interning at an Innovation and Strategy Firm

The Southern Growth Studio has on-going internships programs with Rhodes College, CBU, the University of Memphis Department of Anthropology, as well as the Temple Israel Fellowship program. This Summer my son, David Graber, also served as an intern. This is his story. This was my first summer wearing a collared shirt. More jarring, this was my first summer using phrases ...

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Dr. Asshole

In 2004, Stanford Professor Robert Sutton published “More Trouble Than They’re Worth” in the Harvard Business Review. His subsequent book, The No Asshole Rule, expanded on the theme and described how toxic the syndrome can be and whether you are one or not. Are you one? Here is a test to find out and the accompanying survival guide for assholes. Prof. Sutton now has a ...

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The Tyranny of Key Accounts

Why They’re Not Always a Good Thing Abstract In this article, Gerry Katz discusses one of the most common traps in all of New Product Development:  the conflict between responsiveness to your biggest and most important customers versus the need to address the wider needs of the market-at-large.   Katz observes that, in too many cases, companies’ product development pipelines are ...

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Why The Future Will Always Surprise Us

When Peter Drucker first met IBM’s visionary CEO, Thomas J. Watson, he was somewhat taken aback. “He began talking about something called data processing,” Drucker recalled, “and it made absolutely no sense to me. I took it back and told my editor, and he said that Watson was a nut, and threw the interview away.” That was back in the ...

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Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2018

After a week of torrid voting and much passionate support, along with a lot of gut-wrenching consideration and jostling during the judging round, I am proud to announce your Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2018: . Tom Kouloupoulos Tom Koulopoulos is the author of 10 books and founder of the Delphi Group, a 25-year-old Boston-based think tank and a past ...

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To Succeed You Must Hit Rock Bottom First

None of us ask for life’s greatest challenges, but that doesn’t mean we can’t benefit from them. I’m going to ask you to recollect what you consider to be your greatest challenge to date. Not one that simply stretched your mind but one that drained your soul. Got it? Good. If it’s not one you’re going through right now then ...

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