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Beyoncé’s use of the element of surprise was genius

-+*Isn’t it exciting when something unexpected happens? Something out of the ordinary? Of course it is. The shock heard around the world last week was how Beyoncé released her 5th studio album on iTunes without the typical marketing blitz that accompanies such album launches. I say shock because it really was a shock. Not only […]

Is too much experimentation unproductive for innovation?

-+*I must say, I’m highly experimental. So when I saw the tweet below, I was a little skeptical about the content.

10 Change your course questions CEO’s need to ask themselves

-+*Questioning, one of my favorite activities. I’ve been spotting a lot of it lately, and that’s good. Whether it’s because we are entering the last month of the year or because people are feeling the need to reflect, we need to be constantly questioning the obvious. The obvious, if you’re succeeding, should also include this […]

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. […]