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To foster innovation, what type of network do I need to create?

This the seventeenth of a series of weekly posts where I will answer a few common questions about innovation. Please feel free to add your own response. Also, if you have any questions you think we should discuss, let me know. One thing every innovator needs is access to people who can help him with […]

Ubiquitous leadership = ubiquitous innovators

Put simply, if a culture of leadership exists, a culture of innovation also exists. Why? Because the innovation challenge companies face is really a leadership problem. Being accountable for innovation means being accountable for value creation and customer satisfaction. Period. As I’ve argued before, it is ultimately the CEO/Leader who owns value creation. And, it […]

What it really means to be different

“Differentiation is not a tactic. It’s not a flashy advertising campaign; it’s not a sparkling new feature set. It’s not a laminated frequent buyer card or money-back guarantee. Differentiation is a way of thinking. It’s a mindset. It’s a commitment.” –  Youngme Moon Differentiation is a commitment to innovation. Period. The difference between a tactic […]

No strategy is foolproof

Anytime I meet with Presidents, VP’s or just the business owners of a company, I come in with no expectations whatsoever. I aim to be surprised. So, last week when I met with the President of an innovative construction company in Mexico, I was surprised. I consider this company to be innovative because they developed […]

You don’t need permission to make things better

I’m coaching/advising a couple of people on two completely different, but just as important, things. One is competitive strategy, and another is on social media. Recently, both asked me the same question: What if I’m associated with a business/institution I might end up competing with? Shouldn’t I let them know what I’m thinking of doing? […]

Innovation must reads of the week: 8 elaborated innovation visions

Fast-forward into our Innovation Future bit.ly/Xqk2in #innovation @ovoinnovation @lindegaard @haydn1701 @ralph_ohr @scottdanthony — Paul Hobcraft (@Paul4innovating) February 7, 2013 #Innovation Alert – Six Techniques to Sharpen and Expand Your Innovation Instincts ow.ly/2uLvhq — Soren Kaplan (@sorenkaplan) February 8, 2013   How to discover “ah-ha” moments – my latest column on @forbes :onforb.es/11SH8FP#Leadership — Mike Myatt […]

What does it mean to be “innovative”?

This the fifteenth of a series of weekly posts where I will answer a few common questions about innovation. Please feel free to add your own response. Also, if you have any questions you think we should discuss, let me know. In this week’s question-to-innovate question, I’ll take a crack out of answering a fundamental […]