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Strategy is hard. Innovation is harder

By now, you should know that I don’t sugarcoat it. No recipes, frameworks, or any other method with promises of a silver bullet. No BS here about how easy it is. With that said, here is another anecdote for you… Yesterday we visited a prospect, we talked about how we could help them make some [...]

10 ways leaders can ignite innovation

Here is a short article I wrote for a Mexican Business Magazine that will be published in a few weeks. What would happen if your company could innovate consistently? This is a worthy challenge, and, one not many can meet. But, if you have the will and drive, you will. Innovation is the only source [...]

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 [...]

Why it’s very hard to say no…yet very important

#Strategy is a choice. No company can be all things to all people and still win. – @rogerlmartin — Jorge Barba (@jorgebarba) February 6, 2013   I firmly believe that strategy is about making choices. I didn’t have to read it in a book or sit down with Michael Porter to come to this conclusion. [...]

What are the big unanswered, but answerable, questions when it comes to innovation?

This is the seventh 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. Last week Michael Raynor, of Deloitte and author of  The Strategy Paradox, contacted [...]

The Best of Game-Changer October 2012

Here’s a look back at the posts you liked the most in the month of October 2012: Innovation: You have to own it before you can do it Subtract to innovate 5 Basic principles of competitive advantage Tactics are superficial, strategy is deep How can my company use social networks for innovation? Don’t forget to [...]

Is the CEO responsible for product failure and wins?

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Scott Forstall, is apparently out of Apple because he didn’t want to apologize to the public for the whole maps and Siri mess. Products he was responsible for. Why is this important? Are we seeing arguably “the most innovative company in the world” starting to implode in front of us? I don’t [...]