• Why Women are the Future (and Past) of Business Innovation

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    Mainstream business culture penalizes women for being women. But “feminine” skill sets are the not-so-secret ingredients for what it takes to innovate in today’s digital world.  2015 has so far been monumental for women. Hilary announced her run for office, and six women took home the Pulitzer Prize (compared to one female winner in 2014). Yet, when it comes to […]
  • The Evolution of Women in Business: An Infographic

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    2015 has so far been monumental for women. In light of Hilary announcing her run for office, and six women winning the Pulitzer Prize (compared to one female winner in 2014), I though I’d share this infographic depicting the historic impact of women in the business world over the past century. If you missed it, be sure to read my post […]
  • Soren Kaplan’s April 2015 Leapfrogging Newsletter

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    Sustained competitive advantage comes from innovating how we innovate. That’s the essence of real innovation. In the past, new products and technologies consumed the vast majority of the innovation air-time. That’s no longer the case. The most innovative companies today realize that competitive differentiation comes as much from how they innovate as it does from what they’re innovating. What are five trends shaping the world […]
  • Soren Kaplan’s – March 2015 Leapfrogging Newsletter

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    It’s true! Drawing aliens may be the secret to creativity and innovation University researchers, Galinsky and Maddux, discovered that people who have lived abroad have the most successful negotiations – reaching deals where shared interests were included in the solutions.This is an interesting finding in itself, but their incredible research didn’t stop there. What else did their surprising study reveal […]
  • Expand Your Perspective, Soften Your Mindset – For Innovation Success

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    Researchers find people who have lived abroad have the most successful negotiations and solutions.  University researchers, Adam Galinsky and William Maddux, conducted a series of experiments that revealed some of the benefits of pushing past the boundaries of our existing mindsets. They looked at the differences between people who have lived in two or more countries versus those who have […]
  • Soren Kaplan’s Leapfrogging Newsletter – February 2015

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    How To Think About Turning Your Products Into Services Eking out profits from products alone isn’t what it used to be. Thanks to the Internet and global distribution, consumers have access to lots of choices. That’s good for them but not so good for the folks selling those goods. Some companies know that products only get you so far, that […]
  • 4 Strategies For Winning Over Innovation Naysayers

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    FOUR QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN FACED WITH THOSE PUTTING A DRAG ON INNOVATION. Have you ever come across someone who exhibits “wet blanket” behavior? We recognize it when we experience it. Simple words extinguish ideas, zap energy, and gobble up enthusiasm: We don’t have time to innovate. We’re not set up for innovation. Innovation isn’t rewarded. We can’t do anything […]
  • Debunking Disruptive Innovation – Why Disruptive Innovation is Not a Strategy

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    Disruptive innovation has become business’ biggest paradigm. Harvard’s Clayton Christensen coined the term and the New Yorker’s Jill Lapore recently tore it down.  While many companies scramble to create disruptive innovation strategies, the problem is that it isn’t a linear process or methodology.  No single strategy or theory (even the theory of disruptive innovation itself) has captured how it really works or how to […]
  • Soren Kaplan’s Leapfrogging Newsletter – January 2015

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    Debunking Disruptive Innovation - Why Disruptive Innovation is not a Business Strategy   In 1998, when I was running the strategy group at HP, we invited Clayton Christensen, the iconic Harvard professor who wrote The Innovator’s Dilemma and coined the term “disruptive innovation,” to come speak to us.   We asked him a simple question, “How do you do disruptive innovation?” His answer? FIND […]
  • Peer Support for Motivation & Change – Building Communities and Brand Loyalty

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    Peer support is the key to creating the motivation to change.  Give consumers communities to help them achieve personal goals and you’ll gain their loyalty.   Part five in a series uncovering what makes us buy and why (aka insights into the Deep Motivators of Consumers and the Future of Consumer Marketing) See the introductory post here.   Most people want to change something about themselves.  […]