- GE’s Beth Comstock on What Design Can Do For Your Company
- Ten Innovation Myths – Scott Anthony – HBR
- Tom Peters – Innovation Comes from Dissatisfied People – Innovation Excellence
- Stop the Reckless Brainstorming and Focus your Creativity! – Innovation Management
- Booz: corporate culture is a key factor in successful innovation – Smart Planet
- If risk-taking is adaptive, why aren’t people smarter about it? via @ralph_ohr
As someone who at some point thought about choosing between becoming a spy or a Navy SEAL, I couldn’t hold myself back from not reading Ali Soufan’s The Black Banners: The Inside Story about 9/11 and the War Against Al-Qaeda.
Ali Soufan was the FBI’s top Al-Qaeda interrogator.
During his FBI stint from 1997 to 2005, Soufan was the lead investigator on major terror investigations such as the October 2000 attack on the Navy’s U.S.S. Cole which killed 17 sailors. He helped the agency investigate the attacks on U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in the late 1990s, and was a key interrogator of al Qaeda detainees after the 9/11 attacks. You can also visit https://investigatorsaustralia.com.au/ for more info.
To become the top Al-Qaeda interrogator he bluffed significant intelligence from major Al-Qaeda operatives. His secret: Knowledge.
Knowledge of the enemy to be exact.…
Should you give away ideas to potential clients before making a deal?
Ideas are a dime a dozen and coming up with them is really easy. Sometimes too easy. And as someone who is in ‘ideation mode’ all the time, I freely give them away to potential clients. A few of my partners don’t like this. It makes them uncomfortable because they think that we give away too much before we close the deal. It’s not strange to see that our proposals lay out an almost step-by-step strategy with as much details as possible.
The way I’ve always looked at it (and also because I think most of the proposal I’ve ever received all look alike and look more like a recipe for anyone) is that you make proposals with the intent of differentiating yourself too. With that mindset, your proposal should also ‘look and feel’ different.
But the issue is how much is too much?…
- Clay Christensen: 5 observations on innovation – SmartPlanet
- Want To Upend An Entire Industry? Change Its Revenue Stream – FastCo Design
- Five Reasons Companies Fail at Business Model Innovation by @skap5
- Breakthroughs Don’t Pay: Excerpt from Sidestep and Twist by @bankervision
- Innovation: What’s New? – Forbes
- Does Innovation Need to Be Disruptive to Make an Impact? via @ralph_ohr
- Why conviction drives innovation more than creativity – Fortune Magazine
- Clay Christensen on Steve Jobs & the trouble with venture capital (gigaom.com)
- Identifying Innovative Companies (fool.com)
This gave me Goose Bumps! No really it did. That’s because I’m a gamer and loyal PlayStation owner. I empathized with this video immediately. I know almost every single character in that trailer and it gave me goose bumps watching them all interact.
This is AWESOME!
Long Live Play honors gamers from all walks of life and recognizes you for making PlayStation who we are today.…
- Innovating in a Culture of Convergence – INC Magazine
- The Rise of Customer-Driven Innovation – Mashable
- Logic+Emotion: How To Innovate In Spite of Innovation by @armano
- The DNA of Innovation Leaders – Innovation Excellence
- Planning and vision vs Experimentation and adaptation via @ralph_ohr
- Creating Inspired, Open, and Free Organizations – HBR
- Creative bias: A threat to corporate innovation – SmartPlanet
First of all, I’m not even sure what we want out of innovation. If we take what we see out there as a signal, then we sure aren’t innovating anything.
It’s gotten to that point where the word innovation is anything but meaningful. Were in the ‘over-innovation’ economy. Yes, over-innovation. As in, we’re over innovation. And this is because we are over-innovating? Or are we?
Innovators innovate innovations, no? That word is everywhere these days. It’s a stand-in for: THAT THING THAT WILL SAVE THE ECONOMY FROM EVERLASTING DOOM. It’s seen as an unmitigated good.
At the same time, when you’re walking down a grocery store aisle staring at 40 brands of tortilla chips, you want to say, “Actually, maybe there’s been enough innovation in the corn chip industry. Time to move on guys. Barring the ability to innovate to the apotheosis of the tortilla chip, we have reached the pinnacle for this salty snack.” It’s times like that when you realize, there is such a thing as over-innovation.
Similarly, Just-Drinks columnist Richard Woodward makes a hilarious case for over-innovation in the spirits industry.
I call that insignificant innovation. Under-innovation.…