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

Innovative ideas: Why companies whiff on ’em

Innovative Ideas

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


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


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


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

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


On business innovation vs. tenure

Here’s a concept I don’t think a lot of people think about: we all know it can be bad to work at a place where there’s consistent turnover (people always leaving), because then priorities get skewed and it’s hard to… Continue Reading

Work isn’t set up to create innovation, no

You’d probably assume that innovation, as a concept, needs a few steps before it actually happens — and one of those steps is probably “creative thinking.” (Or, at the very least, some kind of thinking.) How do you achieve the idea of “creative thinking” that… Continue Reading


Strategy and operations aren’t the same thing

Please stop confusing a planning process with a strategic one. Continue Reading