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How to Prioritize Your Company’s Projects

Every organization needs what I call a “hierarchy of purpose.” Without one, it is almost impossible to prioritize effectively.<p>When I first joined BNP Paribas Fortis, for example, two younger and more dynamic banks had just overtaken us. Although we had been a market leader for many years, our new …

You Need an Innovation Strategy

Despite massive investments of management time and money, innovation remains a frustrating pursuit in many companies. Innovation initiatives frequently fail, and successful innovators have a hard time sustaining their performance—as Polaroid, Nokia, Sun Microsystems, Yahoo, Hewlett-Packard, and …

Stop Enabling Gossip on Your Team

Every Friday, the CEO of a prominent tech company (I’ll call him Ken), gathers his troops in the courtyard of their campus for critical updates. The level of candor in these meetings is impressive but the most fascinating part — and what makes this company so unique, is the Q&A that follows. It’s a …

Intuit’s CEO on Building a Design-Driven Company

Timothy Archibald<p>When Scott Cook cofounded Intuit, in 1983, many other companies were already offering software to help people track their finances. In fact, at least 46 similar products launched before Quicken, the product Cook created, which is why we sometimes joke about how instead of having …

Stanford's Tina Seelig tells us the quick-and-dirty way to teach both innovation and creativity (interview)

Tina Seelig recently got one of the Oscars of Silicon Valley. The SVForum named honored her as a winner of one of its annual Visionary Awards.<p>Seelig has taught innovation and creativity at Stanford University for the past 15 years. She is professor of the practice in the Department of Management …

Flatten Your Belly with This Killer Ab Workout

Get ready to whip off your cover-up: This workout, created exclusively for <i>Women's Health</i> by Rachel Cosgrove, C.S.C.S., owner of Results Fitness in Newhall, California, combines fat-burning cardio with moves that target your entire core rather than individual muscles (wouldn't it be great if there …

How The Smartphone Ecosystem Model Will Disrupt Business Everywhere

It’s possible to write a history of the platform and ecosystem model of business and never mention Apple or Google, yet it was Apple and Google that created amazement with the scale of their ecosystems, altering not just their own business models but that of hundreds of other companies. It was the …

How We Built a New Company Culture

Too often, any thought of changing a culture, never mind rebuilding it, seems like a Sisyphean task; the weight of the status quo ultimately rolls back and crushes such efforts.<p>I learned this while leading a turnaround of NPS Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company that now specializes in creating …

The remarkable self-organization of ants

Knowing the rules behind ant-made structures could help scientists understand how other systems emerge in nature<p><i>Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent division of SimonsFoundation.org, whose mission is to enhance public understanding of science by</i> …

Managing Creativity: Lessons from Pixar and Disney Animation

Ed Catmull is a co-founder and the longtime head of Pixar Animation Studios, which struggled for 10 years from its founding in 1986 until the runaway success in 1995 of its first feature film, <i>Toy Story</i>. With the acquisition of Pixar by Walt Disney in 2006, Catmull became president of Walt Disney …

Are You a Holistic or a Specific Thinker?

It was Friday afternoon in Paris and I had spent the morning teaching a group of Chinese CEOs how to work effectively with Europeans. I asked the class: “What steps should the team leader in this case study take to manage different attitudes towards confrontation on the team?”<p>Lilly Li, a bird-like …

Three Imperatives for Good Project Managers

We all have good ideas. The hard part is making them happen.<p>HR departments love handing out worksheets on how to plan your time. Management gurus have written hundreds of pages of advice on how to better manage your week, your day, and your hour.<p>But what happens when you try and apply that advice …

Do People Really Want Smarter Toothbrushes?

Recently, Procter & Gamble’s Oral-B announced the release of its first ever web-enabled toothbrush. Setting a new standard for dental hygiene, the next SmartSeries toothbrush will include a smartphone app, helping users to know if they are brushing too hard or if it’s time to brush another area of …

What Drones and Crop Dusters Can Teach About Minimum Viable Product

Teams that build continuous customer discovery into their DNA will become smarter than their investors, and build more successful companies.<p>Awhile back I wrote about Ashwin, one of my ex-students who wanted to raise a seed round to build Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) with a hyper-spectral …

Can’t Find a Steve Jobs? Hire an Innovation Organizer Instead

Improving innovation is one of the key competencies that companies often look for when replacing a CEO. Yet committees responsible for recommending candidates often grapple with finding the right person for the job when an innovation emperor like Steve Jobs isn’t available.<p>A study of more than two …

Moving to a Safety Culture in Mining

When I became the CEO of Anglo American in 2007, the company had suffered nearly 200 fatalities over the previous five years. Some company veterans insisted that deaths were inevitable at such a large mining company, because mining is simply a dangerous business. I fundamentally rejected that …

Don’t Abandon Innovation — Simplify It

My fellow HBR blogger Bill Taylor recently made a pitch for all of us to stop using the word “innovation” in 2014. Despite his plea, I suspect this word isn’t going anywhere. It’s too important as a driver of growth and renewal. What can be done, in the spirit of Bill’s admonishment, is to stop …

Apple Engineer Creates Elaborate Drawing Machine, Using Legos

Inspired by the Martin Scorsese film Hugo, an obsessive Lego enthusiast built a programmable machine that writes messages and draws pictures. All you have to do is turn a crank.<p>The last time we spoke to Andrew Carol, he was telling us about the working replica of a 2,000-year-old Greek mechanical …

Sell Your Product Before It Exists

There’s crowdfunding and then there’s crowdfunding. While most startups who set up pages on Kickstarter, Indiegogo or a host of other crowdfunding sites are looking to hit a specific goal and then get started making their project a reality, a new crop of businesses are using the platform for as a …

How to Manage Impossible Clients

If you provide some kind of service to clients (as most of us do), you’ll know from experience that some of your beloved masters are easier to work with than others. Some are delightful, some forgettable, and a few you proclaim as downright impossible. Although your view of the client depends on a …

A Simple Trick For Finding Your Next Great Idea

The outtake file. Think of it as a recycling center for ideas.<p>Writing a book is a long process involving lots of edits and multiple versions. In the old days of typewriters, you’d literally cut and paste sections of text where you wished them to go. While inefficient, the upside is that you had a …

The Pace of Technology Adoption is Speeding Up

Many people suggest that rates of new product introduction and adoption are speeding up, but is it really, across the board? The answer seems to be yes. An automobile industry trade consultant, for instance, observes that “Today, a typical automotive design cycle is approximately 24 to 36 months, …

How Google Sold Its Engineers on Management

Artwork: Chad Hagen, Graphic Composition No. 1, 2009, digital<p>Since the early days of Google, people throughout the company have questioned the value of managers. That skepticism stems from a highly technocratic culture. As one software engineer, Eric Flatt, puts it, “We are a company built by …

Reverse Innovation Starts with Education

Historically, multinationals innovated in rich countries and sold those products in poor countries. Reverse innovation is doing exactly the opposite. It is about innovating in poor countries and selling those products in rich countries. Since two-thirds of world’s growth in GDP is likely come from …

If You’re Going to Change Your Culture, Do It Quickly

Culture change is a bear. The conventional wisdom is that it takes years to change a culture, defined as the assumed beliefs and norms that govern “the way we do things around here.” And few organizations explicitly use culture as a way to drive business performance, or even believe it could make …

The Explainer: Disruptive Innovation

Surprises Are the New Normal; Resilience Is the New Skill

The difference between winners and losers is how they handle losing.<p>That’s a key finding from my ongoing research on great companies and effective leaders: no one can completely avoid troubles and potential pitfalls are everywhere, so the real skill is the resilience to climb out of the hole and …

Deciding How to Decide

Artwork: Matt Phillips, Painting (for Myra), 2007, oil and collage on canvas, 66″ x 96″<p>Senior managers are paid to make tough decisions. Much rides on the outcome of those decisions, and executives are judged—quite rightly—on their overall success rate. It’s impossible to eliminate risk from …

How to Design a Bundled Payment Around Value

The traditional fee-for-service reimbursement model is widely acknowledged to be a major driver of escalating health care costs. Because it rewards the volume of treatments, not the medical outcomes produced, it offers no way for the industry to reward its best providers and for patients to seek …

Consulting on the Cusp of Disruption

After years of debate and study, in 2007 McKinsey & Company initiated a series of business model innovations that could reshape the way the global consulting firm engages with clients. One of the most intriguing of these is McKinsey Solutions, software and technology-based analytics and tools that …