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Forecasting Innovation: 3 types of drivers of the future

Can you predict the future? Nope. But you can anticipate by asking questions, and therefore shape the future. The key question to ask your self is: what are the key elements that will drive change? There are three. Of which you will learn about in the following webinar from Stanford Business School.

For Good Strategy Not To Do Is To Be

 Why do companies insist on a one-size-fits-all template for strategy? Is it because the MBA types come in with their unimaginative frameworks that speak to unimaginative executives? I certainly think so. The ones who are at a fault the most, McKinsey, recently published a series of articles about the Art of Strategy. What’s new about […]

How do you change the game?

This is a question I get asked very often (goes with my blog name). The topic of strategy is vast, it is filled with stratagems and other thinking that can be confused as cookie-cutter solutions. Strategy is heavily dependent on context, so, there isn’t one single way to change the game. But, for me, there […]

Why settle for average? Steal from the greats to be great

The challenge with copying uniqueness is that is takes a relentless commitment to excellence. Whenever I’m asked about innovation, a list of names always comes up: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook. Why, I always ask, are these the ones that always come up? Nothing wrong with bringing up those companies, but surely, there are others. […]

Innovation is not a short game. It’s the art of playing the long game

Will this move the needle? What is the ROI? When will we see a return on our investment? How fast can you prove this will work? No, I wasn’t at a BIG company meeting when I heard these questions. I was at a Startup Weekend this past weekend, and the people asking these questions were […]

Culture tells us what to do when the leader isn’t in the room

Culture tells us what to do when the leader isn’t in the room. We’ve all heard this before, and being able to achieve this is one of the daunting challenges of leadership. It is not unusual to be in a strategy session and come up with all kinds of great quotes and soundbites, that are […]

To innovate better to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission

Cultures of innovation are naturally dynamic. Employees think of new ideas and try them on the fly. Processes and procedures are fluid. There often is no one right answer to a problem, but rather experimentation drives many projects, efforts, assignments, and ultimately opportunities for improvement. With that said, in my neck of the woods, businesses […]