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It’s hard to get excited about incremental ideas

Most of what is called innovation is incremental in nature. Meaning, an improvement on something that already exists. This is innovating within a known box. Microsoft is company that is the poster boy for this type of behavior. It’s a shame because they invest a lot of money on R&D but not much of its [...]

True innovation makes competition irrelevant

I often use the quote “Never innovate to compete, innovate to change the rules of the game” to express the mindset of a true innovator. You see, I detest copycats. I pay attention to maverick companies, not the ones that merely implement some framework to put themselves in a position to innovate. Then, our culture [...]

What is the biggest innovation challenge for leaders of large organizations?

Understanding and accepting the innovation equation: Innovation = reducing errors + increasing insights Via Seeing What Others Don’t: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights (Kindle):

Three common mistakes that innovators make when creating new markets

Take care of the basics. Sometimes we don’t and get ourselves into trouble; especially when trying to create a new market. As innovators, when it comes to trying to help people understand how our idea can address an unmet need, we make some critical mistakes. Here are three that are very common:

8 strategies for overcoming resistance to change

As innovators that want to make things happen and are constantly seeking ways to counter resistance to change. It comes with the territory and is the most predictable challenge we will encounter. At this point, the literature around innovation is vast, so we can all agree that there are many common sources of resistance to [...]

What World Cup winner Germany can teach us about developing a culture of excellence

Picture: EPA The 2014 World Cup has ended! For me it was one of the most memorable, the first round alone is worth watching again. Anyway, the Germans won. And they have lots to teach us about developing a culture of excellence, no matter what people say about their “efficient” driven culture. Here are a [...]

Is innovation really everybody’s job?

A culture of innovation. That’s the Holy Grail, how do you get there? Everyone has their ideas and theories, and there is no shortage of examples that we can analyze over and over again. Yesterday, I wrote about the things that any organization can stop doing to open the door to innovation. Being innovation-ready starts [...]