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  • Google’s Lunar X Prize is Brilliant. And Misguided.

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    Few will criticize Google's Lunar X Prize. It's a brilliant innovation challenge. But it's also misguided.
  • The Disruptive Innovation Paradigm has a Crack in It

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    Thanks to Jill Lepore at the New Yorker, a crack just appeared in the disruptive innovation paradigm. Just like when a rock pelts the windshield of your car and a hairline crack appears, I can only expect it to spread and get bigger.   Clayton Christensen is ranked the #1 business thinker in the world for a reason. His theory of […]
  • How to Measure Innovation (to Get Real Results)

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    Just out – my latest FastCompany article on how to measure innovation: http://bit.ly/innovationmetrics According to McKinsey, more than 70% of corporate leaders tout innovation as a top three business priority, but only 22 percent set innovation performance metrics.  It’s not surprising there’s a huge innovation gap in most companies. Some might even argue that the very act of measuring anything […]
  • Key Opinion Leaders & Outside Experts Drive Innovation

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        I’m sitting here at the Philips Healthcare “KOL Leadership Summit.”  It’s all about tapping into outside expertise to drive innovation.  After listening to the first speaker, I wrote this brief article that outlines my take on the broader topic… ___________________________________   Naval gazing.  Insular thinking.  Drinking your own bath water. Whatever you call it, it kills effective strategic […]
  • How to Innovate Your Corporate Business Function

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    Disruptive Innovation is as relevant to internal business functions like HR, Legal, and Finance as it is to breakthrough technologies, products, and services.     Last year I spoke at Disney.  The company wanted me to teach their high potential leaders the ins and outs of breakthrough innovation.  Awesome. But the end of the session something surprising happened.  A participant […]
  • Silicon Valley’s Secret and other Resources

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      What’s Silicon Valley’s secret?  How do you become #1 out of 30,000?  How do you create a culture of innovation?  Simple questions with complex answers. These resources will help you leapfrog to your next big thing…   Tap into the 7 Secrets of Silicon Valley’s Innovation Culture Silicon Valley isn’t just a spot on a map. It’s a brand–a […]
  • Crucial Innovation Strategies for 2014

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    As we move into 2014, we must remind ourselves about what we already know while keeping on eye on what’s changing. Doing so can make the difference between disrupting and being disrupted.
  • 5 Strategies for Nonprofit Innovation

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    Nonprofits face a fundamental “business” challenge:  they’re “nonprofits.” Most of the 1.5 millions US nonprofits don’t support themselves through “competing” or creating better products, services, or business models.  They fundraise, get donations, and find grants. Historically, the typical nonprofit business model has been based on dependence.  Dependence limits innovative thinking. Social business is gaining steam.  The Old Skool Café in […]
  • Use the “Surprise Factor” for Viral Innovation

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    Viral Innovation is about delivery "surprise" in products, services, business models, and customer experiences. The goal is to infuse the unexpected into everything you do for customers -- and deliver a continuous stream of positive surprises.
  • 4 Rabble-Rousing Resources for Innovating the Soft Stuff

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      Leading innovation is about recognizing the importance of formal and informal rewards, communication through storytelling, and giving people freedom while providing just the right amount of structure. Here are four rabble-rousers from the last few months that will give you an edge:   6 Ways to Create a Culture of Innovation Gain insight into six ways to cultivate your […]