Part 1 – Three Innovation Distinctions

Last week I was with a group of extremely successful entrepreneurs in Las Vegas. I was a bit of an outlier as my background is mainly with large, multi-billion dollar businesses. Everyone else in the room came from the start-up world. Also, nearly everyone in the room worked exclusively with speakers and authors. Although I too am a speaker and ...

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Innovating Without Ignoring Today's Revenue

Scott Cook, legendary founder of Intuit, discussed in a recent issue of Inc Magazine how today’s entrepreneurs can continue to incubate new ideas while successfully focusing on today’s day-to-day revenue generation. His answer can be broken down into four keys to achieving both innovation and execution today: Make sure employees know which output metric they are responsible for and how ...

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Apple Tablet Sneak Preview

Following on from my article on what innovation an Apple Tablet might offer and Idris Mootee’s article on Apple’s 3D efforts for gaming, I bring you a video sneak preview of some of the innovation an Apple tablet might offer. This isn’t of course exactly what an Apple tablet (or iSlate) might look like, but it gives you an idea ...

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Creating Conditions for an Innovation Culture

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about “creating a culture of innovation”, which is what a lot of firms suggest they want to do. Of course this is a very lofty goal. Changing a corporate culture doesn’t happen easily, and it certainly doesn’t happen overnight. Yet clearly one of the most significant barriers to innovation is the entrenched culture of ...

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Do you have a Corporate Innovation System?

Co-authored with Peter Skarzynski, CEO of Strategos, in close collaborationwith well-known strategy guru Gary Hamel, I believe that “Innovation to the Core” (Harvard Business School Press) is by far the most important thing I’ve ever done. Lots of people have been asking me for a synopsis of the book, so here goes… Could you describe your company’s “corporate innovation system”? ...

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Electronic Readers Hit the Big Time

Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, Barnes & Noble Nook by Kevin Roberts Fear of new technology is not new. In 1982, the king of all Hollywood lobbyists, Jack Valenti, told the US Congress: “I say to you that the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone.” Hysteria ...

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Killer Small Business Social CRM

Parker Smith wrote a piece that got me thinking. In Foursquare: Democratizing the Loyalty Program, he posits that Foursquare could be the loyalty program provider to small businesses. I think he’s right. Then I noticed these identical product benefits touted by the companies themselves, Foursquare and Jack Dorsey’s Square: “For example, foursquare can tell you how many times a customer ...

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Combining Brand Management with Workforce Enablement

In my December BusinessWeek.com column, I highlighted the vital need for internal branding, calling it the missing link between perception and reality, promise and delivery, effective marketing and positive outcomes. Now along comes a speech by Jon Iwata, SVP of communications and marketing at IBM, that makes my argument look like a kiddy pool compared to the depths he’s diving. ...

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Reserve Judgements

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” begins with its narrator, Nick Carraway, recounting his father’s admonition that not everyone in the world is provided the same advantages. The comment led to Nick’s inclination to “reserve all judgments,” a “habit that…opened up many curious natures” to him. This opening passage of “Gatsby” has shaped me dramatically. Amid growing up in an ...

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