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“Disruptive technology” is an oft-misused term

Disruptive technology

It’s less about the tech and more about the decision-making process flaws. Continue Reading

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Look for the foolish invention ideas

Invention Ideas

What happens when “the dumb idea” becomes “the idea that buys you a third home in Hawaii?” Continue Reading

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Management innovation is failing us

Management innovation

“Management innovation” shouldn’t be code for “prove growth and earn yourself a fat bonus,” but sadly it often is. Continue Reading

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Innovation process: What’s the real secret?

Innovation Process

The three words most Americans tend to use a lot in business, and almost always incorrectly? “Strategy” would be 1, “innovation” 2, and “entrepreneur” 3. Continue Reading

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Innovative ideas: Why companies whiff on ’em

Innovative Ideas

Some of this does involve embracing the middle and lower levels. Continue Reading

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Growth and innovation come from the customer

Growth and innovation come from the customer

Here’s an interview with a marketing professor (Tim Calkins) at Kellogg/Northwestern where he’s discussing innovation and products and revenue growth and all that good stuff. Here’s a money quote: It’s not enough just to look for opportunities and innovations and new… Continue Reading

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No, not everyone on your team will be innovative. That’s OK.

your-whole-team-won't-be-innovative

Managers that I’ve worked with love to do one of two things when discussing their team and its members: Praise the hell out of them and talk about how they’re the “best team in the biz” (80 percent of the… Continue Reading

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How can you create business urgency with limited resources?

If a business has been around for 5-10 years and it’s generally making money, there’s usually an established series of “cash cows” within the org — i.e. the things that actually make it the money. (Insert something about 80/20 rule… Continue Reading