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Não cortar no que é diferenciador

Quando enfrentamos um ambiente hostil devido a dificuldades ou constrangimentos económicos e com muitas queixas generalizadas, tendemos a procurar um salvador que traga alguma esperança para um futuro risonho.

Hoje em dia, os salvadores chamam-se empreendedores, empresários, ou jovens com talento. Embora não sejam certamente os únicos capazes de construir a diferença são certamente em grande número.

Para estas pessoas as ideias saltam como cápsulas de bebidas gasosas entre sorrisos e vontade de vencer mas muitas vezes essa alegria é repentinamente destruída ou posta em causa porque algumas perguntas não foram feitas.

O que acontece é que uma ideia não é o modelo económico e ter alguma ideia de como a economia que se está a propor irá definir a iniciativa para rentabilidade futura pode ajudar a manter esse sorriso.

Pensar sobre o modelo de negócio no início significa não fazer sacrifícios mais tarde.

O nosso modelo de negócio está de acordo com os interesses das partes envolvidas?

Já alguém tentou fazer o que nós pretendemos fazer?

Ao tentarmos conhecer as razões que levaram outros a falhar poderemos estar a construir a diferença. Nós podemos também aprender com os erros dos outros para construir algo sólido e sustentável em vez de apenas analisarmos os casos de sucesso ou as boas práticas.

Eis algumas razões apontadas por Idris Mootee para que muitas iniciativas inovadores falhem:

– “Os novos produtos inovadores não são mostrados no contexto certo do utilizador, criando assim um mal-entendido das aplicações.

– As novas tecnologias por trás do produto inovador não estão ligadas a uma oportunidade de mercado emocionante e que valha a pena ou são muito nicho…

– As principais funções dos novos produtos inovadores não conseguem aguentar-se como produtos isolados e funcionam apenas como recursos.

– O desempenho prometido do novo produto inovador não se materializa e não fornece suficiente valor para o cliente.

– Os novos produtos inovadores foram distribuídos pelo canal errado e comprometem as propostas de valor…

– A expectativa de adoção dos consumidores de novos produtos está sobrestimada…”

Associada a estes erros está também uma falha que começa a ser notória nas pessoas que pretendem levar as suas ideias até ao mercado seguindo os passos ou orientações frequentemente sugeridas.

Na busca de um produto mínimo viável (MVP), temos visto que é importante avaliar precocemente os componentes críticos que irão diferenciar uma oferta da concorrência e fazer um produto realmente viável.”

As nossas propostas inovadoras de solução de problemas, seja, elas produtos ou negócios, não devem resultar da fuga a problemas difíceis e devem ser testadas através de protótipos de forma a evitarmos todos os possíveis fracassos apontados atrás.

Isso conduz-nos a uma procura de várias direções possíveis, mantendo uma unidade, e não permitindo assim que uma escolha única inviabilize todo o trabalho realizado.

Os protótipos permitem-nos procurar conciliar o sentimento e a função de um projeto numa fase anterior à tomada de decisão sobre os riscos desse projeto.

A prototipagem é extremamente útil não só na conceção de produtos e serviços mas também no modelo de negócio.

Numa organização quando admitimos a possibilidade de prototipagem antes da decisão de implementar um novo conceito de negócio em espaços não explorados estamos a criar condições para mostrar aos decisores o que ninguém ainda está a fazer mas poderia ser feito e quais são as novas possibilidades e surpresas ocultas.

Os protótipos devem ser rápidos para serem eficazes para que as novas ideias que possam surgir sejam validadas e para que haja uma interação com valor.

Os protótipos servem para expressar uma ideia a alguém e uma vez que essa ideia foi transmitida o protótipo cumpriu parte da sua razão de ser mas ele é sempre uma fonte de aprendizagem que não deve ser ignorada.

Os protótipos devem demonstrar todas as interações do projeto para que sejam identificadas as ações relevantes e com possibilidade de criar fatores de risco na tomada de decisão.

Para construir um protótipo de um modelo de negócio:

– Faça um esboço do seu modelo de negócio usando a sua metodologia preferida.

– Acrescente figuras ou imagens para uma visualização e compreensão mais fáceis.

– Teste a viabilidade das suas ideias com um relatório simples dos possíveis riscos.

O protótipo ajuda-nos a explorar diversos cenários e teste de stress à viabilidade e rentabilidade do negócio concebido. É Importante, no entanto, que nos force a chamar metodicamente para a arena, todos os nossos pressupostos.

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Reaprender com as PMEs

A maior parte das empresas concentram-se em fazer melhor o que produzem e os processos que utilizam, isto é fazer mais rápido e mais barato aquilo que têm para oferecer.

São processos e uma cultura que reclamam a competitividade mas que matam a inovação.

“Quase todas as pessoas empresários / start-up são pessoas criativas no coração, porque exige muita criatividade para iniciar e gerir um novo negócio (com a excepção de franquia empresarial).  É mais difícil encontrar a criatividade nas grandes empresas, não porque não há número suficiente de pessoas criativas, mas o projecto de organização e processos de negócio tornam quase impossível ser criativo. E para eles, a criatividade significa encontrar maneiras de contornar o sistema, mas não criando novas maneiras de atender as necessidades do cliente.” Idris Mootee

As grandes empresas concentram-se sobre o passado, e aplicam e replicam as coisas que foram provadas como tendo o mais baixo grau de tolerância possível. Estas empresas trabalham com as coisas confiáveis e não abrem a porta ao que pode ser válido porque consideram que está aí a sua vantagem competitiva, mas esquecem-se que essa vantagem facilmente é diluída por alguém, que no mesmo jogo, encontra uma resposta nova e melhor que anula todo o investimento feito na solução encontrada pela grande empresa.

Quando uma empresa trabalha numa solução para satisfazer as necessidades dos seus clientes e só procura diminuir custos dessa exploração para além de oferecer pequenas melhorias e “novidades” incrementadas, ela corre o risco de caminhar no sentido contrário da passadeira rolante.

É uma estratégia de fuga à inovação.

As empresas devem também explorar o terreno à volta dos problemas que ainda não têm uma solução conhecida.

Se, generalizando, compararmos a actividade das grandes empresas com as pequenas e médias empresas é possível verificar que existem algumas diferenças significativas relativamente às estratégias de inovação.

Para as pequenas e médias empresas, que não caminham na zona de conforto estabelecida pelo mercado que “conquistaram”, existem basicamente três estratégias de inovação:

1-Criatividade avançada e competitividade tecnológica baseada em novos processos para oferecer produtos melhores.

2-Tecnologia avançada e criatividade design para projectar produtos inovadores.

3-Criatividade avançada e pensamento de design para transformar produtos em experiências.

As grandes empresas, ao longo dos anos do seu crescimento, foram-se rodeando de especialistas, de conhecimento de grau muito elevado e até de pessoas com grandes potencialidades criativas.

Digo potencialidades, porque, também com o passar do tempo a criatividade deixou de ser uma realidade e passou a ser uma memória absorvida pelo profundo desejo de maximização de resultados financeiros.

“Eles levaram um mistério longo resolvido — eles são muitas vezes, mas não sempre, aqueles que o resolveram há muitas décadas — e passaram décadas intermediárias refinando a heurística resultante num algoritmo. Eles lidam com o que é confiável — a reprodução confiável do resultado desejado novamente na maior escala possível com o mínimo custo e com a mínima variação…

Eu diria, “ir e encontrar, no departamento de I&d e veja até que grau eles estão apenas realmente aprimorando e refinação de produtos existentes. Em muitos casos, o departamento de I&d afia e refina, sustentando uma inovação, ao invés de construir um novo negócio.” – Roger Martin

No entanto, existem problemas no presente em que se pode imaginar uma solução que deve ser testada e verificada a sua validade.

Para Vijay Govindarajan, há também três variáveis quando se trata de experimentar com êxito novas ideias e cuja formula muitas pequenas e médias empresas conhecem e experimentaram:

Ideação sucesso = ƒ (incentivar + falhar + combinar)

1. Incentivar a experimentação constante de baixo custo.

2. Esperança pela falha, pois significaria que a organização está a crescer.

3. Aprenda como combinar ideias falhadas para formar novas e emocionantes ideias.

Enquanto em muitas empresas (principalmente grandes empresas) para podermos provar algo temos de invocar a lógica, porque nós só podemos provar coisas dedutivamente e indutivamente com base no passado, outras empresas incentivam a experimentação e prototipagem como forma de dar “um salto lógico da mente” (Peirce).

Se ficarmos agarrados à necessidade de “prova” podemos proteger-nos individualmente mas pomos em risco a relevância e pertinência de ideias promissoras que outra qualquer pessoa inovadora e com intuição poderá abraçar e desenvolver.

Proteja a organização e sentir-se-á protegido.

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Status Quophiles and Quophobes by Deborah Mills Scofield

Ever know anyone who will explicitly say he/she doesn’t think innovation is important? No! So listen carefully for the magic word – “but”.   Some of you know how much I love to challenge the status quo so here’s my theory: Status Quophiles see the glass as half empty and want to make sure it doesn’t become totally empty.  Status Quophobes are Innovators – they see the half empty glass as half full, waiting to be filled up!

Life’s What You Make It by Tim Kastelle

Well, we’re all getting older. What do you make of it? I ran across an interesting post by Ben Casnocha, which referenced an article by Benjamin Schwarz which includes this comment on John Updike:

The Pitfalls of Prediction by Greg Satell

Prognostication is a multi-billion dollar industry.  We have weathermen, Wall Street Analysts, political pundits and futurologists.  They all claim some expertise.

 

Hang Your Work in a Tree Tonight by Jesse Lyn Stoner

If you do what you love for a living, you’ll never work a day in your life. ~anonymous

An appealing thought, if it means living an integrated life.
However…there’s a big difference between living an integrated life and being consumed by work.

Creativity And Innovation In Small And Medium Size Firms by Idris Mootee

I am in Egypt this week and trying to finish three big Power Point decks, writing 6 documents and finished reading 63 documents with a slow Internet connection. And trying to finalize the editorial content for March 2012 issue of my magazine. It is not easy.

Collaboration Revs Results by Robyn McMaster

Bantering ideas back and forth triggered new insights for me and four other leaders around around the table.  Innovative possibilities spoken helped us see past familiar approaches to consider the experimental.  At times ideas were spoken so quickly it was hard to keep up!

Change will happen whether you like it or not by Jorge Barba

Companies are still scrambling with the rise of social networks like Twitter. If people think you suck they’ll gladly express themselves and let everyone else who listens to them. Oh and by the way, this happens in real-time.

8 Dangers of Collaboration by Nilofer Merchant

Most of what is written about collaboration is positive. Even hip. Collaboration is championed enthusiastically by the Enterprise 2.0 experts, as well as leading thinkers like Don Tapscott as the crucial approach for the 21st century.

Do Nice Guys Finish Last?  By Jonah Lehrer via Ralph-Ohr

In 1948, the legendary baseball manager Leo Durocher declared that “nice guys finish last.” Although Durocher would later deny the quote, his pithy line summarizes a popular and pessimistic take on human nature. When it comes to success, we assume that making it to the top requires ethical compromises.

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The Finnish Awesomeness and Entrepreneurship by Riitta Raesmaa

Something exceptional is happening here in Finland. However I think that the foundation for that has existed a long time, only to wait its time to come. And it seems that the time is here and now. Let me explain.

Who’s Next – A spotlight on innovative thinkers who are changing the future of business. FastCompany via Ralph-Ohr

We’re helping people make decisions faster and in a better way,” says Christy Liu, cofounder and director of marketing at Wanderfly. “We’re also getting people to travel more. The whole idea of the site is about inspriation, so what we hope to do and what we are already doing is is getting people sort of off their bums and traveling the world.

The Customer Is Always Wrong by Wim Rampen

I think the Customer is wrong many more times than she’s right..

Customers don’t fill out (online) forms like they should, they don’t read the terms and conditions when they buy, they are wrong about what they thought they read (somewhere), about how to use your product and how to maintain it..

 

Co-Creating Business Models by Deborah Mills-Scofield

In 2009,  I was privileged to co-create an awesome book, Business Model Generation, with Alex Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur.     Co-creating the book with Alex was an amazing experience, created some lasting friendships with other co-creators, and of course Alex.  After Angela Dunn‘s monthly twitter-chat, #ideachat, I decided to ask Alex what made him decide to do co-create this book:

Your Customers’ Big Irritation is a Big Opportunity by Arie Goldshlager

I found this Don Sull  “top 10” field guide to clues for hidden breakthrough opportunities article packed full of instructive observations. Please note particularly:

 

Let’s Be A Little More Creative About Creativity. And What Does Collective Creativiry Means? By Idris Mootee

Scholarly interest in creativity ranges widely: Topics to which it is relevant include the relationship between creativity and general intelligence; the mental and neurological processes associated with creative activity; the relationship between personality type and creative ability; the relationship between creativity and mental health;

The Fat File by Patti Blackstaffe

Do you keep a file that holds all of the awards, recognition and comments made to you about your performance?  I do.  I keep everything written about my performance by the companies for whom I have worked in addition to the customers and clients I have served and I call it my Fat File.

How to Perform Under Pressure by Greg Satell

Okay, it’s your big day.  Everything is on the line.  All of your blood and sweat has led up to this point and now it really matters.  What happens next is up to you.

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Good Ideas and Great Ideas by Greg Satell

The world is full of ideas, but very few good ones. As an old saying goes, “ideas are like assholes, everybody’s got one and they’re usually full of shit.” They are, however, important.

 

Two Footed Questions Fuse Arts and Science by Ellen Weber

Two-footed questions drive curiosity and they can  convert even ordinary minds, into expert problem solvers?

 

The Role of Relaxation in Consumer Behavior by ScienceDaily via Ralph Ohr

This phenomenon is demonstrated in six experiments involving two different methods of inducing relaxation, a large number of products of different types, and various methods of assessing monetary valuation.

 

Vision: How It’s Created Is As Important As What It Says by Jesse Lyn Stoner

If you want to create a vision that engages the hearts and spirits of everyone in your organization, remember what’s important is not only “what it says” but also how it’s created.

 

Little Innovations Matter! By John Steen

What’s better…. a lot of little innovations or one big innovation? If we had to choose, would it better to have an economy made up of a lot of firms trying to make small improvements to their business or do we want a game-changer like Apple or Google?

 

Management by Imagination by Roger Martin

The perception that good management is closely linked to good measurement runs deep. How often do you hear these old saws repeated: “If you can’t measure it, it doesn’t count”;

 

Strategic Innovation And The Quest For Breakthrough Ideas by Idris Mootee

Innovation is now a very hot topic at the C-Suites. I have speaking a lot on the subject the last 5 years. The funny part is I am talking about Strategic Innovation and many still talk about Technology Innovation as if it was the sole source of innovation.

 

A Talk On Fast Innovation, All In One Great Picture by Bob Sutton

A couple weeks ago, I did a talk on “fast innovation” at IDEO.  I gave the talk from a powerpoint deck, but at the same time, while the audience and I discussed the talk, there was a guy named Kevin Bain who does this thing called
“graphics scribing.”

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What’s Your Platform for Value Co-Creation? By  Graham Hill

A couple of years back I wrote a speculative blog post at CustomerThink entitled How Customer Co-Creation is the Future of Business. In many ways my prediction was right, Customer Co-Creation IS the future of business, but not exactly in the way I had imagined.

 

Two Footed Questions Fuse Arts and Science by Ellen Weber

Two-footed questions drive curiosity and they can convert even ordinary minds, into expert problem solvers?

Marketing, Science and Pseudoscience by Greg Satell

“Science” is a word that gets thrown around a lot.  We hear that “scientists say” so and so and then hear later that other scientists say something totally different.

 

More Mental Oomph though Others! By Robyn McMaster

Just go down diagonally…

 

Come On Over by Nilofer Merchant

First, I would spend a month or two in a frenzy of painting, and buying new furnishings that I wanted to arrive immediately, hanging art up in just the perfect spot, updating floorboards, changing out light fixtures and, well, obsessing to make the place “homey”.

 

Why Creative People Are Rarely Seen as Leaders by Susan Cain via Ralph Ohr

We are in love with the word “Eureka,” and for good reason.  Creativity is magic: the ability to create something out of nothing, to make connections that others don’t see.

 

Strategic Innovation And The Quest For Breakthrough Ideas by Idris Mootee

Innovation is now a very hot topic at the C-Suites. I have speaking a lot on the subject the last 5 years. The funny part is I am talking about Strategic Innovation and many still talk about Technology Innovation as if it was the sole source of innovation.

 

A step backward by Tim Brown
The UK has long had an impressive track record of producing successful designers and engineers. Many credit that success to a focus on design within the education system. Significant investments were made in the second half of the 20th Century on design and engineering programs at the University level but more importantly for the last 20 years design and technology has been mandated as part of the core curriculum in high schools.

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Why Diversity is Good for Business by Jeanette Mulvey via Ralph-Ohr

There’s lots of talk about innovation being the key to growing American businesses, but exactly how companies get innovative remains less clearly defined. One way to drive innovation, according to a new Forbes study, is to hire a more diverse work force.

 

Getting Open Innovation Participation by Andrea Meyer

Point: Crowdsourcing and open innovation efforts rely on participation.  Attracting participants and encouraging activity is a key success factor in obtaining and vetting new product, service and process innovation ideas.

 
‘Better’ is the more practical approach to innovation in general by Jorge Barba

It all starts with the question: How can I make this better?

Framing is important and when talking about innovation that usually means deciding between incremental and radical change. Yet for most businesses, they don’t want to hear about change. They want the world they exist in just the way it is, especially if they’ve had some level of success.

 

Set Up Your Team for Success by Jesse Lyn Stoner 

Do you have a new team or are you starting a new project? Most teams rush into the work of the team without getting clear agreements in the beginning about where they are going or how they want to get there.

 

And the All Time Winner is… by Wim Rampen

We’ve already past the first 6 months of this year. A good time to take a look at what you have been reading around here. I’ve put together two lists: one Top 5 of all time best viewed posts and one Top 5 of the best viewed posts over the first six months of this year.

 

Incumbentitis – The Anti-Innovation Disease by Deb Mills-Scofield

Well, will congress put the country or their own political careers first?  You’d think they should be one and the same but we know they aren’t. With the upcoming elections, getting re-elected will matter more.  In 2010, it was out with the ‘old’, in with the new, mostly.  Washington DCers (and Wall Street) want desperately to maintain the status quo, yet America is asking for government by the people, of the people and for the people (sound familiar?). Can the US Government re-invent itself? Well, can big established companies even do it?

 

Transformation further Distilled by Sinan Si Alhir

Thriving and high performing organizations are founded on strong cultures, which involve shared values, strategy alignment, and interconnection. Such organizations achieve 4 times higher revenue, 7 times more expanded work force, 12 times higher stock prices, and 756% higher net income. However, approximately 70% of all change initiatives focused on improving performance fail!

 

The Mona Lisa Code by Greg Satell

Everybody knows the Mona Lisa.  She’s iconic; as much of a symbol of art as art itself. Housed in Paris but reproduced everywhere, there is probably nothing else on earth that so thoroughly fuses the ridiculous and the sublime as the Mona Lisa.

 

The New Game Of Strategy: Applied Design Thinking In Business Innovation And Transformation by Idris Mootee

Just when I thought I can have 2 days in an office then I realized I have to be In NYC tomorrow for a few days. I am writing this post on a flight after missing my connection in Houston, and just finished teaching a three days Strategy graduate course with a focus on strategic innovation and design thinking.

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Tackling Complexity and Wicked Problems with Design Thinking by Thierry de Baillon and Ralph-Ohr

The world we live in becomes increasingly complex. Complex systems in different areas of our life, such as business, environment, economy etc. involve ever larger numbers of interacting elements.

 

The Economics of Co-Creation. Can What Happened To Microbrewery Happens To The Auto Industry? By Idris Mootee

A lot of talk and interest around the concept of co-creation. It is no question that this is going to have asting implications of how products and experiences are designed, developed and marketed.

 

Is the customer always [or rarely] right? By Arie Goldshlager

This quote from Charlie Trotter was recently featured as a metacool Thought of the Day on Diego Rodriguez’s blog:

 

Innovation: The Age of the Heretic by Deb Mills-Scofield

For some reason, I’ve always been fascinated with the word “heretic”.  Perhaps it’s the Devil’s Advocate in me (oh! What a pun!).  Perhaps its because I love being ‘heretical.’ Perhaps its because being heretical is key to innovating.  And this word has been around for millennia! 

 

Design thinking The new office by John Hagel and John Seely Brown

From exercising with Wii to staying at boutique hotels, we are increasingly immersed in designed experiences. Our expectations grow. Even previously prosaic objects become better-designed set pieces in the scenes of our life, mimicking what the media show us we can have. From soap dishes to store signage, what is mundane we pass over for the more elegant alternative. 

 

Become A Critical Thinker by Karen Christensen

It is of course important to recognize that many people are working hard to create a better world – animal rights groups such as PETA, the Farm Sanctuary, the Humane Society, groups like Amnesty International and environmental groups trying to curb destruction of the planet are a few that come to mind. But what is missing is a conversation about what is at the root of all the problems these groups and other advocacy groups are attempting to address:

 

Innovation’s Nine Critical Success Factors by Vijay Govindarajan

Your organization won’t innovate productively unless some underlying factors are in good shape. If “10” is outstanding and “1” is poor, how do you rate your organization on each of these?

 

Innovation Lessons from Orson Welles by Tim Kastelle

I’m still in Italy, where one of the topics of conversation is the recent special issue of The Economist, which discussed some of the problems that the economy here has experienced during the Berlusconi years (the special articles are summarised and linked here).

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Diversity, complexity, chaos and working smarter by Harold Jarche via Ralp-Ohr

Here are some of the things I learned via Twitter this past week.

What Diversity Really Means by Alicia Arenas

There was a pretty fantastic Twitter conversation happening last week on #TChat; it was about diversity. Be sure to check out the preview on MonsterThinking and the #TChat recap.

 

SOMETHING NEW: MEASURING TEAM IQ by Karsten Jonsen via Arie Goldshlager

Teams have intelligence just like individual people do. But the intelligence factor of human groups is not simply the average of its members, in fact that has only little to do with it.

This Space Intentionally Left White by Sabina Nawaz

Looking for an edge over your competition? Searching for an untapped market? Try slowing down to see more, two hours at a time.

 

 

Value Co-Creation Canvas by Wim Rampen

Presentation

6 Ways to Spot Liars and Fools by Greg Sattel

Some people are dishonest, some are just plain stupid and lots write articles and provide commentary.  Inevitably there’s going to be some intersection between the three sets.

Random Thoughts On Muggles, Magic And Design Thinking by Idris Mootee

For those of you who are not familiar with Muggles, they are people who are incapable of magic, and who are usually unaware of the wizarding world. Design Thinking is sort of like wizardries, it takes certain type of people with the certain type of training, Hogwarts or Harvard.

Laughter sets your mind free by Jorge Barba

A few days ago I was part of a brainstorming session for a client who recently opened a new restaurant in Mexico. The goal of the brainstorming session was to come up with ideas on how to create an experience that would make customers talk about it to their friends.

Picking the Big Idea by Nilofer Merchant

Most of us make things happen, get results, and deliver. But ask us if we’re focused on building our vision, on our big goals or if we even know what our big goal is, and what will likely follow is some combination of this: a big pause, or a look down at the carpeted floor, or talk of corporate handcuffs, or a nervous laugh, or a sudden change of subject.

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Innovation Illusions: It’s not the idea it’s the action – innovation only exists when value is created in the market by Drew  CM

Creativity. Invention. These are core elements in the process of innovation. They are not innovation itself. Mistakenly identifying them as innovation creates confusion and dissatisfaction

 

Are You Climbing Hills or Crossing Valleys? By Tim Kastelle

One of the key issues we face in managing organisations is the state of the environment surrounding us. Is it stable or turbulent? This has an impact on our innovation strategy. In stable environments, we can afford to concentrate just on getting better at what we’re doing. However, in turbulent environments, we need to undertake more exploratory innovation efforts.

 

Design Thinking And Growth: What’s The Connection? Why Do We Need Growth? By Idris Mootee

The Harvard Design Thinking Semina was a great one. High quality particiapants and great turn out with beatiful New York City spring weather. Lunch on the rooftop is way better than a banquet room or a faculty’s dining hall.

 

Are Little Bets a recipe for better innovation? By Jorge Barba

A few weeks ago I reviewed Peter Sims new book on experimental innovation, Little Bets. Since then I’ve received emails from friends asking me for concrete examples of businesses doing experimental innovation as well as why this is a better approach to innovation.

 

6 Popular Ideas That Fail by Greg Satell

“Nobody ever gets fired for buying IBM” was once a popular belief that seems quaint now.  It’s hard to imagine that people used to buy IBM products simply because they were so dominant.

 

Asking the Important Questions: A Guide to Design Thinking And a Better Way to Serve Customers :  by Melba Kurman

Design thinking should be a way of life for senior managers. Melba Kurman spoke to Sara Beckman, design and innovation expert at Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, about how to apply design thinking to the innovation process.

 

What kind of impression do you want to leave? By Teresa Van Lanen

I attended a Women’s Business conference recently where I had the opportunity to meet women from many areas of the business world. We gathered in a large conference room which was full of buzzing energy. As usual I began my habit of observing the group and of sensing other’s energies. I doubled my efforts as we were being asked to pair up for an exercise to search out who I would pair up with.

 

Reducing the risk by Roger Martin

In the wake of the spectacular 2008 financial markets crash, much has been made of the fact that no one has been held to account. Life has returned to near normal, and other than the failures of Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns, little has changed in reaction to the mortgage meltdown.

 

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