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Start out with a purpose, not a plan

To be honest, I LOVE to strategize. But, planning by itself is boring. In the last few weeks, I've been asked to look at a few business ideas and projects. The central question being: Does the plan look like it is in order? Me: Nope. Them: … [Read more]

How to boost your creative capacity

Those of us in the innovation space know that to be creative, you need to be very diverse in your education and life experiences. Not only as a person, but also as an organization. Put simply, diversity breeds breakthroughs. … [Read more]

Falling prey to a company’s marketing = no value

Why is creating value so difficult? Is it a problem with measurement? Perception? It all began in a lively discussion a few Sunday's ago on Twitter. It all started, with a one tweet by Max McKeown: … [Read more]

Innovation must reads of the week: Is innovation dead?

Is Innovation Dead — Or Doing Just Fine, Thank You? - How fast should you innovate? by Follow @ovoinnovation What Customers Want (Except When They Don't) by Follow @frogdesign 10 mental traits of truly innovative leaders by Follow … [Read more]

When should you begin trend-spotting?

Most of the Innovation Consultants I know, advice businesses on doing trend-spotting as part of the innovation process. I also insist on doing the same because like creative thinking, I believe trendspotting isn't a one time activity. It is not a … [Read more]

3 Ways to help customers win

“It’s not enough that we win; all others must lose.” – Larry Ellison Heard this one yesterday. I'm all in for competition, but business isn't about war (at some point I used to think like Genghis Khan too). It isn't about beating competitors just … [Read more]

Innovation Must Reads of the week: The Hierarchy of Innovation

What Your Innovators Want You to Know - HBR The Myths That Prevent Change - HBR Before branding subcategory creating innovations ask four questions by Follow @davidaaker The rise of idea festivals - Financial Times The hierarchy of … [Read more]