Michael Kearns

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Ban These 5 Words From Your Corporate Values Statement

Practically every organization today has a set of core values that ideally function as the “operating instructions” of the company. The goal of articulating the essential and enduring principles of your organization is to inform, inspire, and instruct the day-to-day behaviors of everyone who works …

Fast Food

How to build a billion dollar digital marketplace – examples from Uber, eBay, Craigslist, and more

<b>Marketplaces are easily underestimated</b><br>When marketplaces get big, they can get really big. Some of the biggest tech successes ever – eBay, Airbnb, …

The Best Companies Know How to Balance Strategy and Purpose

Most companies have articulated their purpose — the reason they exist. But very few have made that purpose a reality for their organizations.<p>Consider Nokia. Before the iPhone was introduced, in 2007, Nokia was the dominant mobile phone maker with a clearly stated purpose — “Connecting people” — and …

Innovation

At Facebook and Google, Highly Successful Teams Use This 3-Word Question to Spark Creativity (With Incredible Results)

This short phrase has immense power, and can help your team block out doubt and find creative solutions.<p>Imagine you're a leader, and you want your team to accomplish ambitious goals. (Maybe you don't have to imagine.) There are three basic questions you can ask at the outset.<p>All three questions …

Creativity

We know innovation is key – but there's little agreement on exactly what it is

We want the best education for our children and we want them to have the innovation skills needed for the jobs of tomorrow. But we don’t agree on …

Innovation

Being Different Is the New Normal: Why 'Disruption' Is Here to Stay.

Remember what Netflix did to Blockbuster? Don't let that happen to you.<p>6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>E-commerce sales grew 15.6 percent in 2016 and now accounts for 11.7 percent of all retail sales, according to recent reports. Amazon alone accounts for 43 …

Innovation

Validate your startup idea before building anything

<i>Written by</i> <i>dave_sloan</i>// <i>Also shared on</i> <i>Startups.co</i><i>.</i><p>As entrepreneurs, we identify problems in the market, think up potential solutions and jump right …

Product Management

Preventing Costly Innovation Failures

I am a global customer centricity champion. My passion is helping organizations to grow faster by putting customers at the heart of their business. …

Innovation

Turn Your Organization into an Idea Factory: Part I

Up to 80 percent of an organization's improvement potential could come from frontline employee ideas. However, the average employee suggestion box or …

Spotify's Global VP Shares His Proven Growth Formula

Spotify has grown twice as fast as Apple Music and turned free streaming music into more than a $10 billion dollar valuation. Here is Spotify's proven formula for growth.<p>When Apple launched iTunes, the music industry took a hit. CD sales plummeted as consumers were given the opportunity to purchase …

Customer Experience

The Common Case Study Mistake That Repels Customers

The old structure of case studies just might turn more clients away than it attracts. Modernize to achieve results.<p>Case studies provide a great tool to share examples of how you help your clients achieve results. Although the way customers make decisions has evolved, sadly, the format of the case …

Business Strategy

'Most VCs are full of sh*t:' meet the anti-venture capitalist with more than 1,600 startups

Dave McClure doesn't like venture capitalists. "Most VCs don't work that hard," he says. "They think they're great stock-pickers. They're all full of …

Venture Capital

Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer

What happens to a company when a visionary CEO is gone? Most often, innovation dies and the company coasts for years on momentum and its brand. Rarely does it regain its former glory.<p>Here’s why.<p>Microsoft entered the 21st century as <i>the</i> dominant software provider for anyone who interacted with a …

Awesome Ideation Tools

Introduction<p>Awesome collection of brainstorming, problem solving, ideation and team building tools. From foresight to overcoming creative blocks, …

How to implement innovation - whatever your company's size

We’ve all heard about companies getting super excited about their sexy new innovation units only to shut them down a year later to focus on the …

Innovation

Every Company Needs An Innovation Tool Kit

Here’s why, and how to build the right one for your company.<p>It’s one thing to say you want a culture of innovation. It’s another to actually get everyone truly innovating. We hear it all the time from the executive suite–take more risks, embrace uncertainty, learn from failure.<p>The problem is that …

Innovation

Accenture Launches HealthTech Innovation Challenge for Startups

Accenture today announced the launch of the Accenture HealthTech Innovation Challenge where startups from around the globe will compete to bring …

Digital Health

Edtech is the next fintech

Fintech is a factor of the fourth industrial revolution that has completely taken the world by storm and forever revolutionized how we bank. But many believe it is still in its infancy, with figures suggesting the same: global investment peaked at $5.3 billion in the first quarter of this year — a …

Education Technology

How to Create Business Applications That Users Actually Use

Developing business applications has become the new battleground for corporations. Developing a sleek, powerful and carefully branded app which is …

Framing

Four ways companies can encourage innovation

Five years ago, an Executive MBA alumnus who had taken a course with Michael Gibbs, clinical professor of economics and faculty director of the …

Why Your First 5 Customers Should Never Come From Introductions

How relying on introductions can prevent you from finding product-market fit<p>It's never easy to get your first 5 customers when you're starting a new company.<p>So how do you solve the "chicken and egg" problem, and manage to close deals when you don't have any customers yet?<p>Your first instinct might …

Product Management

6 Reasons Platforms Fail

The success of platform businesses like Alibaba, Airbnb, and Uber is so remarkable that discussion about them often misses just how hard they are to build. For every successful platform, there are many more that struggle or simply don’t make it. Apple and Google, two of the world’s most valuable …

Innovation

3 Questions to Ask Before Adopting a Platform Business Model

By now, nearly every executive has navigated at least one discussion about whether his or her organization should strive to become a platform. Platform models are often lauded as the path to the next disrupted industry. Leaders struggling with how to respond to platform pressures should consider a …

Innovation

Transitioning Your Company from Product to Platform

Platforms can be a strong source of competitive advantage. But how do you build a successful platform if you only have products? In our recent HBR article, we explain the fundamentals of transforming products into platforms. Like riding a bike, it’s easy to describe the physics but hard to actually …

Innovation

Beautiful, Free Math

How are you using Desmos? Tell us on Twitter <b>@desmos</b><p>@tborash Students finding & interpreting equations of shapes like @AngryBirds & @McDonalds arch …

The Debate Is Over – Businesses Need Both Apps and Mobile Websites

Until recently, you needed to employ a custom developer at considerable expense if you wanted to create an app for your SMB. The good news is that, …

Wearable gifs are customizable via app

Add / Remove Working similarly to the e-ink sneaker displays we covered recently, Pins Collective are developing customizable digital wearables.The …

How to Create a Killer LinkedIn Profile in 5 Minutes

Want to attract more clients and customers using LinkedIn? Here's a simple, copy-and-paste script you can use to make it happen.<p>If you want to discover how to attract clients using LinkedIn, it's critical to understand what your ideal audience on that particular platform wants... and what they …

sales

Young Entrepreneurs: All Small Towns Have Multimillion-Dollar Opportunities

How one young entrepreneur built a multimillion- dollar company and created hundreds of jobs in his small town, and how others can too.<p><b>This is a guest post from Jason Duff, founder and CEO of COMSTOR Outdoor.</b><p>Overpriced real estate. Insane work hours. Fierce competition against other smart people. …

Business Strategy