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For innovation: culture trumps office design

*+-Innovation Labs, either accelerators or corporate bunkers, are now becoming commonplace. As a result, workspace design is booming. Browse around the web, and you’ll quickly see articles about startups that have designed their workspace to resemble their culture. For established companies trying to create a culture of innovation, this means copying the same design mantra […]

Innovation Book Review: Disruption Revolution

*+-Diversity breeds innovation, and as I stated a few weeks ago when I shared with you a list of 10 books about innovation that I recommend you read, it is best for you to look far and wide about the type of content that you read. Right now, the hunger for anything innovation is huge. […]

Complaining is not a strategy

*+-Many companies may start their lives playing to win, but inevitably end up playing not to lose. It is this cycle of being proactive and then reactive that may become a fact for your organization. Many books and blog posts have been written about the many reasons companies fail, a key reason is because they […]

Live Hangouts: Experimenting with digital ethnography

*+-Tomorrow, at 12:20 PM PT I’ll be collaborating with Cirklo on the first part of an innovation workshop via a live Hangout session. Just click play in the video frame below to watch and listen to our commentary. It will be conducted in spanish. If you want to join the conversation, tweet @jorgebarba or @CirkloMx […]

A simple technique to help you develop culture in your organization

*+-Do you have a User Manual of yourself for others to learn about how to deal with you? This is an interesting idea I read about in an interview with Ivar Kroghrud, lead strategist of QuestBack, by Adam Bryant for his upcoming book Quick and Nimble: Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a […]

The Big Bang approach to problem definition

*+-The way a problem is defined guides the way people think about it. You can never have/experiment with enough tools. I like to experiment with various “problem definition” approaches, as I believe this is the most important step in the innovation process. While there are various ways to define a problem, I think there isn’t […]

10 books about innovation I recommend you read

*+-Like other people who write about, consult on , and do innovation, I get asked about books a lot. There are the basics you want to read like Innovation and Entrepreneurship by Peter Drucker, The Innovator’s Solution, Crossing the Chasm and others. I tend to want to read books that have more unconventional ideas in […]