Innovation Management

By Tim Kastelle | Posts about managing innovation, creativity, idea flow and making work better.

It Doesn't Have to Be the Way It Is

Peter Drucker

Before Tom Peters, before Peter Drucker, we had Mary Parker Follett

What year do you think this quote is from?There are three ways of dealing with difference: domination, compromise, and integration. By domination …

Leadership

Calestous Juma’s legacy of supporting innovation in Africa is the gift he gave us all

Three years ago, when we started discussing what an Africa edition of Quartz would look like it didn’t take long for us to come to the conclusion that telling the continent’s stories through a lens of innovation would be the most rewarding approach for our readers.<p>The truth is that while we knew …

Africa

Lean Startup evangelist Eric Ries on how big companies can stay competitive

If you’ve ever used the word <i>pivot</i> in a meeting, chances are you’re putting into practice an idea from Eric Ries’ <i>The Lean Startup</i>.<p>The book, written in 2011, combined Ries’ experience as an entrepreneur with concepts from lean manufacturing, agile software development, and the theory of constraints, …

Lean Startups

From A Casino Economy To A New Golden Age: Carlota Pérez at Drucker Forum 2017

When Carlota Pérez, the distinguished economic historian, finished speaking last week at the Drucker Forum 2017 , her talk elicited a sustained round of applause and there was already an avalanche of tributes on Twitter.<p>That’s because Pérez drew on decades of research, decoded economic problems …

Economics

Talk – Action = 0

Business Planning

Taking the path of most resistance

I was thinking today about one of my favorite books - The Razor's Edge by Somerset Maugham - and the quote from the book that forms the title. I …

Why success stories are just propaganda

Cannes Lions

Scaling Up Startups in Corporate Settings

<i>This ‘opinion’ on the question “What can startups and incumbents learn from each other and what are the biggest threats?” was originally published at</i> …

Entrepreneurship

Why is Innovation So Hard At Big Companies?

If you’re responsible for launching new products, you’ve probably come across Eric Ries’s best-selling book, <i>The Lean Startup</i>. The Lean Startup …

Is Your Idea Commercialisation Ready?

Mousetrapia: Solving Problems That Don’t Exist<p>Technology Readiness Level<p>Investment Readiness Level<p>Metrics That Matter

Innovation

‘Pitch the Immeasurable’ and Other Leadership Tips

It's not easy making the transition from manager to executive. One Medical VP Marketing Vanessa Hope Schneider shares the lessons she leans on from …

Leadership

It Pays to Be Smart - MIT Technology Review

Our economy is increasingly ruled by a few dominant firms. We see them everywhere, from established giants Amazon, Facebook, Google, Apple, and …

Innovation

How GE Appliances Built an Innovation Lab to Rapidly Prototype Products

Many large companies yearn to rekindle the innovative magic of entrepreneurship, but very few actually succeed. The reasons have been well documented and include:<p>Large, established companies answer to investors who value predictable, consistent financial results, and so are intolerant of the risks …

How to Set More-Realistic Growth Targets

Many executives are fond of promising to deliver growth, but far fewer realize those ambitions. This is because many fundamentally mismanage the growth gap, which is the difference between their growth goals and what their base businesses can deliver. Filling the gap requires either innovative new …

Indra Nooyi

Enough

This guy never had enough, is that really you?The underpinning tenet of chasing exponential growth is that anything less than “all of it” is never …

Derive

Corporates: You're doing it wrong

<b>Australian corporates are</b> “doing innovation all wrong” as the world is “accelerating away,” Startup Catalyst CEO Aaron Birkby says.<p>Mr Birkby has just …

Native Wisdom Is Revolutionizing Health Care

By Shari HuhndorfSouthcentral Foundation has vastly improved Alaska Native welfare while saving on costs by using traditional healing practices.

Health Care

GE has a version of self-management that is much like Zappos’ Holacracy–and it works

Last November, a team of technicians at GE’s aviation manufacturing facility in Bromont, Canada, realized they would miss production goals for the year if they continued working at the same pace. Without being told by a supervisor or enticed by a bonus, the team opted to skip breaks, stagger …

Management

Get Started Now: How to Employ Lean Practices in a Regulated Industry

<i>Written by Misti Yang, Contributor for Lean Startup Co.</i><p>Anne Boden, founder and CEO of Starling Bank, bought her second copy of <i>The Lean Startup</i> in an …

Global accelerators waste of money

<b>Spending taxpayer money to attract</b> huge global accelerator programs to Australia does a disservice to Australian startups and delivers few benefits …

Sometimes You Have To Say No: Five Insights on Learning from Customers

<i>Written by Misti Yang, Contributor for Lean Startup Co.</i><p>When Chika Uwazie met Eric Ries, she asked, “When are you coming to Africa?” But she didn’t …

Lean Startups

7 Lessons From 100+ Failed Startups

There’s a joke about startups. “For every 10 startups you see in the market, 11 of them will fail.” I didn’t want to think that <i>my</i> startup would be …

Entrepreneurship

The global forces inspiring a new narrative of progress

Growth is shifting, disruption is accelerating, and societal tensions are rising. Confronting these dynamics will help you craft a better strategy, …

Innovation

The negative effect of Govt R&D

<b>Government research and development</b> spending gets trumped by academic R&D when it comes to positive economic spill-over effects on business R&D, a …

Ideo Studied Innovation In 100+ Companies–Here’s What It Found

Innovation is hard to pin down, but with these six insights Ideo says it’s cracking the code.<p>How do you measure “innovation?” It’s something that every organization seems to be after–just look at AT&T’s Innovation Pipeline, Sephora’s Innovation Research lab, and the University of Pennsylvania’s …

Design Thinking

The New Moats

Why Systems of Intelligence™ are the Next Defensible Business Model<p>To build a sustainable and profitable business, you need strong defensive moats …

Big Data

Comparing Business Models: Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon & Facebook

<b>All five tech giants have similar business model building blocks, but the importance of each block varies in each model. We break it down for you in</b> …

Startups