Greg Satell

405 Flips | 1 Magazine | 410 Likes | 11 Following | 59 Followers | @gregsatell | Author, speaker and innovation advisor. Author of Mapping Innovation, creator of Digital Tonto

Here's Why No One Cares About Your Ideas

“Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door,” Ralph Waldo Emerson is said to have written (he didn’t) and since that time …

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If You Want To Innovate, Learn These 5 Things

There is no one "true" path to innovation<p>Every business knows it needs to innovate. What isn't so clear is how to go about it. There is no shortage of pundits, blogs and conferences that preach the gospel of agility, disruptive innovation, open innovation, lean startups or whatever else is …

Innovation

We Need Real Scientific Breakthroughs To Build A Clean Energy Economy

Developing new battery chemistries is going to be key Related posts: This Startup Is Leveraging Decades Of Pollution To Help Build a Clean Energy …

Clean Energy

Marketers Need to Start Preparing for the End of the Digital Age and the New Era of Innovation

Earning consumers' trust and creating more impactful experiences will be key<p>In the middle of the 20th century, IBM used its headquarters in New York City as a showroom of tomorrow. Passersby could look into the window and see the newest mainframe on display, promising an exciting technological …

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Becoming a Successful Executive Doesn't Prepare You to Innovate

There is a basic tradeoff between innovation and optimization<p>Becoming a successful executive is a fairly linear path. You start at the bottom and learn to solve basic problems in your field or industry. As you gain experience and improve your skills you are given more responsibility, begin to …

Innovation

An Open Letter To The NFL Anthem Protestors

"Raising awareness" and "creating conversations" are not real results. You can do a lot better. Related posts: You Can’t Change Fundamental Behaviors …

Rights & Freedoms

Let's Face It, Chatbots Sound Like Idiots. Here's How We Can Change That

The trick is to make the interface seem to disappear Related posts: 5 Trends That Will Drive The Future of Technology How Google’s Chromecast Will …

Artificial Intelligence

Five Essential Lessons I Learned In 20 Years Of Managing People

One longtime manager explains how he learned that you don’t actually need the best people.<p>Management guru Henry Mintzberg once observed, “The great myth is the manager as orchestra conductor. It’s this idea of standing on a pedestal and you wave your baton and accounting comes in, and you wave it …

Leadership

3 Social Entrepreneurs That Are Changing The World From The Bottom Up

The best way to help the world's poor is by leveraging the assets they already have Related posts: The Lean Startup Is Doing More Than Transforming …

Entrepreneurship

Real Businesses Have Real Assets

Don't believe everything you hear about platform businesses Related posts: The Lean Startup Is Now Helping To Transform Government Funded Science …

Innovation

12 Books That Show How Great Innovators Really Changed the World

How real people with real flaws managed to overcome their failures.<p>All too often, stories about great innovators read like superhero movies. The protagonist goes on a holy quest, overcoming rivals and naysayers along the way. These tales may be inspiring but they are rarely helpful. The truth is …

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Here's Why It's So Hard It's So Hard To Bring Science To Market

We need to get a lot better at bridging that gap between discovery and commercialization Related posts: The Lean Startup Is Now Helping To Transform …

Innovation

At IBM, Researchers Are Working to Make Robots Engaging Conversationalists

The trick is to make the interface seem to disappear<p>Historically, building technology had been about capabilities and features. Engineers and product designers would come up with new things that they thought people wanted, figure out how to make them work and ship "new and improved" products. The …

Artificial Intelligence

If You Don't Explore, You Won't Invent And You Will Be Disrupted

Today we need to manage not for stability, but for disruption, Not all who wander are lost. Related posts: This Is How Your Business Will Be …

Innovation

We Need to Revive Innovation and Entrepreneurship in America. Here's How We Can Make It Happen

We need to solve some deep-rooted problems and reverse some long-standing trends<p>Entrepreneurship in America recently hit a 40 year low, with far less business creation and new jobs coming from startups than in the past. Productivity numbers show a similar trend, with levels today far below what …

Innovation

We Need Real Scientific Breakthroughs to Build a Clean Energy Economy

Discovering new battery chemistries is going to be key<p>A decade ago, clean energy seemed like a pipe dream. Solar panels, windmills and electric cars were widely considered to be something for wealthy tree huggers to assuage their conscience, rather than components of a serious energy policy. Now, …

Clean Energy

The Truth About Diversity

The lesson is that for diversity to work, it has to create a little tension and that will cause some discomfort. However, if we make it a priority …

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Time to Take the Quantum Age Seriously

Every new technology has the capacity to inspire wonder and fear. One Swiss scientist, Conrad Gessner, warned in the 1500’s that the data overload …

Innovation "Gurus" Love To Talk About These 4 Myths — None Of Them Are True

What worked for Steve Jobs or Elon Musk Might not work for you Related posts: 4 Myths About Innovation That “Gurus” Love To Tell There Is No One True …

The Hair On Fire Use Case

Elon Musk is often hailed as a visionary, and rightly so. Tesla, not to mention his other ventures, has the mark of a business that can truly change …

Don't Believe Everything You Hear About Platform Businesses

Platforms are no panacea<p>When Enron was formed in 1985 through the merger of two natural gas pipeline companies, it became the second largest gas marketer in the America. Over the next decade the firm grew to be a dominant force in the industry and built a sophisticated trading operation that could …

How Mental Models Drive Strategy, Often For The Worse

Our brains are wired to look to the past, not the future. Related posts: We Need To Switch Our Mental Models From Hierarchies To Networks Why Digital …

Most Science Startups Fail. Here's Why:

We need to get a lot better at bridging that gap between discovery and commercialization<p>It seems like every day we see or hear about a breakthrough new discovery that will change everything. Some, like perovskites in solar cells and CRISPR are improvements on existing technologies. Others, like …

It's Not Just Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, The Internet Is Broken, But We Can Fix It

There's a massive security hole in cyberspace and we need to close it Related posts: The Internet, The Web and the Future of Media In Defense of …

We Need To Rethink Innovation For The 21st Century

It’s better to prepare than adapt because, by the time you see the need to adapt, it may already be too late Related posts: We Need 21st Century …

I've Studied Hundreds of Organizations. Here's Why Most Can't Innovate:

Today we need to manage not for stability, but for disruption<p>As a manager, I always felt incredible pressure to innovate. Yet it was hard to know how to go about it. There were plenty of books about high flying companies, but those same organizations seemed to sputter out almost as soon as the ink …

The Truth About Diverse Teams

To benefit from diversity, you need to make it a priority<p>"Culture isn't just one aspect of the game," Lou Gerstner wrote in his memoir of his historic turnaround at IBM, <i>Who Says Elephants Can't Dance?</i> "It is the game. What does the culture reward and punish - individual achievement or team play, …

Why The "March For Our Lives" Kids Are Succeeding Where So Many Others Have Failed

It's a movement designed for action rather than merely to build awareness around a set of beliefs Related posts: The Science Behind Bernie Sanders …

The Future Of Software Is No Code

It's accelerating how businesses are able to impact their strategy<p>Early digital computers weren't very useful. Sure, they were far more powerful than the punch card tabulating machines that they replaced, but they were devilishly hard to program. Instructions needed to be written in assembly code, …

Here’s How To Keep Your Data Project From Running Of The Rails

You can’t expect the road to a cognitive enterprise to be a simple straight line. The important thing is to keep moving forward. Related posts: If …