Tag Archives: Innovation

5 questions to help you think about the culture you wish to create

dare to create culture

Culture eats strategy for breakfast. Why? Because even a beautifully conceived strategy won’t be executed the right way if people’s values and beliefs are not aligned. In other words, culture is not mandated; it is shaped from the beginning.

Innovators are the early adapters

robert scoble google glassFor as long as I can remember, I’ve adopted new products and services when they are just starting out. It’s very common that I get requests to “try this and that” for startups looking for early adopters and beta testers. As such, my main objective in adopting products and services that are in beta is the following:

  • Staying updated on the latest stuff that doesn’t fit with the current reality;
  • I get a feel for what could be next on the horizon from another perspective;
  • How can begin to adapt it to the real world and what would I learn.

It’s rare that I come across other people who do the same, most adopt a new product or service only once it’s become part of the daily conversation. Unfortunately, the same applies to wannabe innovators…

This is the classic case of being an early adopter. But there is a distinction between adopter and adapter: innovator’s aren’t the early adopters, they are the early adapters.

To change the game, change the business model

nothing is quite what it seemsYesterday, I was a judge for a showcase of projects from marketing students of a local university. Most of the projects that were pitched are apps that exist elsewhere in some form; nothing game-changing. There were many common innovation myths that were present in many of the pitches, such as “our competitive advantage is being the first ones in Mexico”, “our competitive advantage is there isn’t something like this anywhere”, “our competitive advantage is we have no competition”.

Interstellar: the power of an unlikely collaboration yields scientific discovery

interstellar wormhole

Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is a fantastic movie, science and fantasy will entertain you. Go watch it!

But this blog isn’t about the movie per se, it is about how they made both the worm hole and black hole models realistic. This is the classic case of a happy accident where none of the collaborators knew what was going to happen when they brought their collective talents together.

Want people to believe innovation applies to their role? Give them a reason to care

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 would make employees feel they are innovators?

In a traditional organization, innovation isn’t everyone’s job. But in a maverick organization, it’s a given that everyone sees his/herself as an innovator.