The Drag of Old Mental Models on Innovation and Change

“Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.” — Howard Aiken It’s not a lack of risk taking that holds innovation and change back.  Even big companies take big risks all the time. The real barrier to innovation and change is the…

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Who’s Managing Your Company?

One of the best books I’m reading lately is The Future of Management, by Gary Hamel. It’s all about how management innovation is the best competitive advantage, whether you look through the history of great businesses or the history of great militaries.  Hamel makes a great case that strategic innovation, product or service innovation, and…

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The New Competitive Landscape

“All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.” — Sun Tzu If it feels like strategy cycles are shrinking, they are. If it feels like competition is even more intense, it is. If it feels like you are balancing between…

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The Industry Life Cycle

I’m a fan of simple models that help you see things you might otherwise miss, or that help explain how things work, or that simply show you a good lens for looking at the world around you. Here’s a simple Industry Life Cycle model that I found in Professor Jason Davis’ class, Technology Strategy (MIT’s…

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Start Your Journey of Innovation and Build a Culture of Great Innovation

Note: This article is updated at Create a Culture of Innovation. In todays world, the mantra is innovate or die. You’re either climbing ahead or falling backward … there’s no hanging out in the middle. And some folks are actually leap frogging ahead. Disruptive innovation is keeping everybody on their toes. Whether you are re-imagining…

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Now Available: Trends for 2014 at Your Fingertips

It’s here.  I’ve published my Trends for 2014: Trends for 2014: The Year of Value Realization It’s a deep dive. Some things will look familiar.  Some things will look new.   Some things might surprise you. There are a lot of interesting patterns at play.   For example, baby boomers are shaping innovation.  Developing countries are turning…

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The Innovative Team

I’m working my way through my massive book backlog, and doing reviews as a I go along.   Yesterday, I wrote my review of Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes. Today, I read and wrote my review of The Innovative Team:  Unleashing Creative Potential for Breakthrough Results. It’s perfect timing.  Just yesterday a friend ask…

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Microsoft Secret Stuff

I’m a fan of anticipating the future, and creating the future.  Even speculation helps dream up what’s possible, and be ready for anything, when it happens.  And if you balance that with key trends, you can really stay on top of things. After all, what’s The Art of the Long View teach us?  While we…

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Wearable Computing

I was watching a video on Google Glass with Robert Scoble, and I couldn’t help but wonder about all the possibilities that technology can bring to the table. Wearable computing bridges the gap between the real world and the things we see in Sci-Fi movies. Of course, when we overlay information on our world, the…

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Trends for 2013 at a Glance

Is your city smarter than a 5th grader?   This is a serious and significant post everything from Smart Cities to the top 4 mega-trends shaping technology for the next 10 years.  It’s the key trends for 2013 at your fingertips: Trends for 2013 – The Rise of the Entrepreneur If you’ve ever seen my trends…

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