The Hair On Fire Use Case

Elon Musk is often hailed as a visionary, and rightly so. Tesla, not to mention his other ventures, has the mark of a business that can truly change the world. When he co-founded the company in 2003, electric cars seemed like a pipe dream. Today, however, just about every major carmaker is investing in the technology. The Tesla narrative has ...

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Jeff Bezos Just Shared His Secret for Amazon’s Success (and Yours as Well)

This one concept captures beautifully all of the trials, tribulations, and magic of the entrepreneurial spirit. Every so often you come across a concept so elegant in its simplicity that you can’t help but be drawn to it because of how easily it reduces even the most complex set of ideas into something short and memorable. For example, Malcolm Gladwell’s ...

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How to Create Cluster Clutter

Digital health ecosystems have spread around the world. Like all clusters, they have a life cycle that starts with koombaya and the enthusiasm of creating something new and exciting but, unfortunately, at some point , devolve into conflicting interests who seem more interested in WIIFM with consequent confusion or blurring of the original vision, mission, values, value proposition, business model ...

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Improve Your Innovation Process with Innovation Journey Maps

The Customer Journey Map is a popular management tool.  It is a visual representation of customer interactions with a company and a tool to investigate, analyse and thus improve customer experiences.  Let’s borrow the tool and adapt it for our purposes. The Innovation Journey Map (IJM) is a similar concept showing the journey that an innovation takes from initial conception ...

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How to Overcome 3 Big Obstacles in the Way of Your Innovation Idea

“It’s tough when markets change and your people within the company don’t.” – Harvard Business Review  It is widely recognized that innovation is invaluable when it comes to driving forward organisations in today’s competitive environment and increasingly technology-driven markets. However, despite the many benefits, most companies talk about innovation, but don’t go beyond this to start innovation. Why is this? Here ...

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How Gandhi Would Lead Us Toward An AI Future

Every discussion about artificial intelligence seems to alternate between utopia and dystopia. Some believe that the productivity unleashed through automation will lift up all of society, creating a world of superabundance and more meaningful work, while others see robots taking our jobs and an acceleration of trends favoring capital over labor. In fact, in an article in Harvard Business Review, ...

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Practicing Innovation: An Inside Job

It is a heroic adventure being an innovation practitioner. To lead an organization to where it is ready to flex its culture, business model, practices, and management style requires the types of talents and skills that only metaphors can describe: the hunting instincts of a lion, the fortitude of a buffalo, the wisdom of an owl, and the patience of ...

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Lead Innovators, Don’t Manage Innovation

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Chief Innovation Officers are growing like weeds. Some think their job is to manage innovation. Some even go so far as to define their desirable traits. They might as well quit since managing innovation will take them in the wrong direction. Instead, they should be leading innovators. Here’s why: 1. Everyone seems to have a different definition of innovation. Be sure ...

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