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How innovation happens at Intuit

In the innovation space, we rarely talk about Intuit. Yet, they are supreme innovators. Scott Cook, the founder, says that Intuit is a company of small startups. Below is a series of tweets, I stumbled on, about how Intuit innovates. It is all quite straightforward, but this will give a visual idea of what a [...]

What is your pet peeve about the current state of innovation consulting?

Oh yes, what doesn’t  irritate me. See here, here, and here. Although I’ve been referred to as an innovation consultant, I’m don’t consider myself one. For an innovation consultant is one that is well versed in the tools and techniques of innovation, but I don’t believe most have the mindset of an innovator. And 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.

5 reasons why ethnography is not going to become mainstream anytime soon

It seems that since design thinking and lean startup methodologies have a “talk to potential customers to validate” component, it may seem that ethnography is becoming mainstream. It isn’t. In my opinion, of all the innovation techniques available to an innovation practitioner, entrepreneur, marketer or business leader none is more important than getting out on [...]

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 [...]

Four people we need to make innovation happen

Innovation comes from diversity. From people colliding at the intersection of domains, ideas and experiences. In other words, we need to create a Renaissance! MIT Media Lab guru Joi Ito says we need to be all four of these people to make innovation happen. Or, if you are not a Renaissance Man, an innovation team [...]

For innovation: Better questions, better answers

If you want to improve your, and your company’s strategic thinking and innovation capability, take some time to write down some questions about challenges you are facing. Any time I talk with fellow innovators, a large part of the conversation revolves around “what questions are we not asking that will help us find out where [...]