Among the many innovation myths businesses take as givens, I believe the most common and disruptive one is “innovation doesn’t apply to my role”. When this is the case in most organizations, and when just one-fifth of employees report believing that their workplaces strongly value them; it’s worth asking, “Is innovation everyone’s job?” And what […]
It all starts with a wild question. In the tech industry, it might be, “what if people could carry their whole music library in their pockets? iPod. In the automotive industry, it might be, “what if a supercar could also work as an electric car? Porsche 918.
As a rule of thumb, your business needs more generalists than specialists if it wants to innovate. Don’t get me wrong, specialists are valuable. But Generalists are the innovators, the ones who are most capable of dealing with complexity; the ones that connect that dots. For that very reason, as a generalist, I know it’s […]
BIG ideas get all the attention by the media, bloggers, journalists and the like because Big ideas, like anything that is coming out of Google X, have the possibility to create waves of change for society. Businesses that want to call their latest and greatest invention the next best thing should be thoughtful about what […]
Many known businesses have been founded on a single insight about what customers want or will want. Since forward-thinking businesses live off the insights they identify and generate, their operating model looks quite different from businesses that are always playing catch up.
Recently, Business Performance Innovation Network asked me to give my thoughts to their 5 big questions on innovation. Think these questions and answers will be useful to you so here they are
Almost always great new ideas don’t emerge from within a single person or function, but at the intersection of functions or people that have never met before. As a business leader, you can engineer these connections; serendipity. Serendipity is the type of word that paralyzes most business leaders because it is a loosey-goosey term that […]