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Jeff Bezos: Failure can’t be separated from invention

How do you maximize people’s potential to drive innovation? As Bob Ross says, “We don’t make mistakes, only happy accidents”. So, let employees make happy accidents. This is what happens at the world’s most innovative companies, one of which is Amazon. There are many lessons we can learn from Jeff Bezos about maximizing people’s potential […]

Which is more valuable, good ideas or good people?

The answer is obvious, right? Well, not so. Some think that ideas matter more because you can snap them out of thin air. Which is why I think most people guard their ideas. They think they are unique on their own… That isn’t true. Ideas matter, but execution is where the rubber meets the road. […]

Lars Bratsberg’s Talk on Repetitive Innovation at Google

How does Google continue to grow exponentially while still staying innovative? This question was asked at one of my recent workshops. Well, to the person who asked the question, in the video below Lars Bratsberg, the Head of Branding at Google Norway, identifies some of the core principles within Google’s culture.

One question to help you innovate how you innovate

How do you innovate how you innovate? Easy, stop doing what worked before and start looking for insights outside the mainstream. How? Because I haven’t found any, and conduct them myself, a couple of weeks ago I wrote a short guide on how to conduct outside industry benchmarks for innovation. Part of this process is […]

Do innovation programs work for sustainable innovation?

In my experience, no. In the short-term the organization might get a jolt of excitement, but over the long-term nothing will change. Here’s why:

Innovation is not a process of checking tasks off a checklist

While the rest of the world clamors on how we are settling into an entrepreneurial economy and how their respective countries are building entrepreneurial ecosystems, there are other non-entrepreneurial habits that come with the territory: charlatanism. I’ve called attention to this before, and I keep bumping into the same thing over and over again. There […]

Why don’t businesses experiment to drive innovation?

There is no innovation without experimentation… A while back, Dan Ariely wrote a thoughtful column in the Harvard Business Review about why businesses don’t experiment: