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  • The Innovators by Walter Isaacson – How the Year’s Biggest Book on Business Innovation Fails to Innovate (Book Review)

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    Even before it goes on sale, Walter Isaacson’s The Innovators is a bestseller out of the gate. Here’s why the biggest business book of the year is indeed a compelling read – and how it falls short of truly innovating the topic of innovation. I’m like most techno-geeks. Anything with a battery turns me on. Which is why I was […]
  • The World’s Smartest Small Business? Business Model Innovation at its Best

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    Every business wants a winning business model.  Here’s the innovation that propelled one small business to the top, becoming the #1 coffee spot out of 35,000 cafes in Paris.  Watch out Starbucks!   Here’s the story of Cafeotheque… Not just the most incredible coffee on the planet, but an amazing business model. No wonder they are ranked as the #1 coffee spot out […]
  • Google and Amazon want to give you wings – don’t be their drone

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    Drone technology may be the next disruptive innovation.  But drones must fly over many hurdles before they’re delivering to our doorsteps. Last week Google unveiled its secret aerial drone delivery project, Project Wing.  The idea is simple:  unmanned aircraft buzz the skies above us carrying products to our homes and businesses.  Amazon shared its own vision of all this months […]
  • 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 […]