The Missing Step for Start-ups Who Want to Scale-up

Last November, I attended the speech of David Skok at Web Summit 2018: it was related to startups scale-up in B2B business. I’m sensitive to the topic, being a participant of the Scale-Up Peer Group, and having drafted the Scale-Up Canvas for intrapreneurs who want to scale-up. Nevertheless, I was quite impressed by the quality of David Skok advices, probably ...

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Why You Need to Hire Physician Intrapreneurs

… and what to do with them once you have them. Surthriving in the brave new world of sickcare requires not just a new playbook, but players with new skill sets to execute the plans. Knowledge technicians are as obsolete as an NFL team with a running game but without a passing and special teams plan. Unfortunately, HR managers are getting it wrong. ...

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Getting to the Root Cause of Project Headaches

Scenario: a product development team at a medical device company had a testing phase that ran far longer than expected. This delay rippled throughout the project and had serious implications downstream. After the project was complete, the team leader wanted to go back and figure out why the test phase had not gone as planned. She received pushback from the ...

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We Need to Re-engineer Our Organizations for a New Era of Innovation

In the first half of the 20th century, Alfred Sloan created the modern corporation at General Motors. In many ways, it was based on the military. Senior leadership at headquarters would make plans, while managers at individual units would be allocated resources and made responsible for for achieving mission objectives. The rise of digital technology made this kind of structure ...

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Attacking the Problem of Doctor Burnout

The IHI Triple Aim is to lower per capita costs, improve the quality of outcomes and improve the patient experience.Add the doctor experience and you have the quadruple ain. Some patient engagement and experience experts say there are 5 steps to making it happen: 1. Establish vision 2.Create a culture of engagement 3. Employ the right technology 4.Empower patients 5. Be ...

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Serious About Your Social Mission? Then Innovate It

A “lean” approach amplifies both profits and purpose. Corporate philanthropy. Benefit corporations. Nonprofits and non-governmental organizations. Doing well while doing good seems to be all the rage these days. Sounds ideal. But, if we are truly intent on achieving both, we need to start taking social impact just as seriously. Mission-driven organizations have an equal opportunity to apply the principles ...

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Innovation with Marco Polo

I spent a great deal of time in 2018 traveling across the world in search of innovation insights.  In countries ranging from Colombia to China to Azerbaijan to Bosnia-Hercegovina, I found examples of cases where modern and ancient civilizations applied creative thinking to solve problems.  I presented these insights to the readers of Innovation Excellence in a series of articles ...

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