Category Archives: Innovation

What every organization can learn from the CIA’s Red Cell to avoid stagnation

red team how to succeed by thinking like the enemyHow can your organization avoid stagnation and future proof itself?

In his book, Red Team: How to Succeed by Thinking Like the Enemy, Micah Zenko tells the story of the CIA’s Red Cell group, devoted to “alternative analysis,” which includes techniques like “what ifs,” Team A/Team B exercises, and premortem analysis, all of which are used to identify holes in a plan, model an adversary to understand their weaknesses, or consider all of the conceivable ways a plan can fail beforehand.

What is an ideal living utopia, and why aren’t we living in one?

living utopiaPeople live off low paying jobs, they don’t have enough money and are unhappy; and there are no signs that it will stop anytime soon. Is this the living utopia we want?

On this week’s episode of The Big Bang podcast we dissect our current way of living as a society.

Arnold Beekes On Being A Generalist

the rise of the generalistOn this week’s episode we chat with my friend, and fellow Generalist, Arnold Beekes about being a Generalist and how to thrive in a society full of specialists. We need to cultivate more curiosity in people!

I came to use the word “Generalist” after knowing Arnold, and have previously written about it at length (here, here, here, here).

The benefit of cultivating a Generalist mindset is huge, and is widely considered a trait of innovators because new problems require new perspectives and approaches. The best leaders are pattern thinkers because they are always learning, that is what a Generalist brings to the table: an ability to connect the dots in new ways.

Think your business has what it takes to innovate? Ask yourself this question

unlock employee innovationYou have an idea, potentially a great one, you tell your boss and colleagues about it and they all think it’s crazy. So, no go. Not even a chance to explore the subtleties; just no. Sound familiar?

Yes, it’s the same old story in any type of organization that stands for doing more of the same. But if businesses want to have some kind of existence in the near future, this attitude has to stop.

You can’t mandate innovation

state of global innovation report 2015Pretty much every “state of corporate innovation” report confirms what we already know about corporate innovation:

  • Innovation matters more than ever and organizations view it as a priority.
  • Most organizations have plenty of ideas, but struggle mightily to convert promising ideas into real-world innovations.
  • More than leadership, or funding, or anything else, corporate culture is the primary impediment to innovation success.

Imaginatik’s most recent state of innovation 2015 report isn’t that different.

There is nothing inherently wrong with doing these reports, the problem is that most nothing changes from one report to another.

Rohan Light On Forecasting And Data Analytics

forecasting and data analyticsWe live in world in flux, various trends are crashing into each other to create heaps of data that most businesses are only just starting to discover. Forward thinking businesses that are innovation driven have established a capability for capturing and interpreting the data, turning insight into game-changing ideas.

But most businesses are still lagging, big time.