Innovation

By Yazid Azahari | A collection of findings on innovation, technology, design, and business strategy

7 Ways to Design an Unforgettable Event

We designed an anonymous confessional to help guests embrace vulnerability.<p>Guests were invited to tour the most iconic cultural movements in New York …

Design

Elevar - Innovation Labs: Establishing a Model that Works (Part 1)

This is part 1 in a 2-part series on What Makes – or Breaks – a Successful Innovation Lab. While innovation labs may appear as glamorous think-tanks …

Innovation

re:Work - Guide: Foster an innovative workplace

Innovation is the process of taking a new idea, building and testing it, and then implementing it. It is distinct from creativity, which focuses on …

As Xerox PARC Nears Half a Century, The Lesson Learned Is That Business Models Matter

On July 1, 1970, the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center opened its doors. Commonly known as Xerox PARC, the research center was set up as a division of …

Never Ask What They Want — 3 Better Questions to Ask in User Interviews

Wouldn’t it be so easy if users just told you what they wanted? Nope.<p><i>The first rule of user research: never ask anyone what they want.</i><p><i>— Erika Hall,</i> …

On What We Learned This Year: The 8 Habits Of Highly Progressive Workplaces | Corporate Rebels

Today is the last day of what was a very exciting year; we grew the team at Corporate Rebels, launched the concept of Rebel Events, started to write …

Leadership

The formula behind San Francisco’s startup success

Why has San Francisco’s startup scene generated so many hugely valuable companies over the past decade?<p>That’s the question we asked over the past few weeks while analyzing San Francisco startup funding, exit, and unicorn creation data. After all, it’s not as if founders of Uber, Airbnb, Lyft, …

12 Things Everyone Should Understand About Tech

Tech is more important than ever, deeply affecting culture, politics and society. Given all the time we spend with our gadgets and apps, it’s …

3 Innovation Lessons from Dubai

Constraints are the best creativity stimulus!<p>Travel ignites curiosity, and my recent trip to the United Arab Emirates was no exception. It sparked my curiosity as well as broadened my perspective. The region is noteworthy for maintaining ties to its deeply rooted and ancient past in Bedouin culture …

Why the Future of Tesla May Depend on Knowing What Happened to Billy Durant

<b>A version of this article appeared in the Harvard Business Review</b><i>Elon Musk, Alfred Sloan, and entrepreneurship in the automobile industry.</i>The …

How design thinking can improve change management outcomes

Business environments are undergoing rapid and continuous change, and organisations and their HR leaders would benefit from a design thinking-led …

The 12 Different Ways for Companies to Innovate

References<p><b>1.</b> “Bill Ford: Innovation Key to Ford’s Future; Commitment to Hybrids to Grow,” Sept. 21, 2005, http://media.ford.com.<p><b>2.</b> J. Immelt, “The …

Innovation

There’s No Good Alternative to Investing in R&D

Even companies that claim to have a long-term orientation worry about whether R&D is worth the investment. Sarah Williamson is the CEO of FCLTGlobal (formerly Focusing Capital on the Long Term), an organization cofounded in 2016 by BlackRock, CPPIB, Dow Chemical, McKinsey, and Tata Sons to …

The 4 fundamental business models of incubators

<b>When choosing an incubation programme or an innovation partner, entrepreneurs and organisations need to be aware of their underlying business models</b> …

Your Strategic Plans Probably Aren’t Strategic, or Even Plans

It happens all the time: A group of managers get together at a resort for two days to hammer out a “strategic plan.” Done and dusted, they all head home. But <i>have</i> they produced a plan with a strategy?<p>At the start of my public seminars on strategic planning I ask attendees, who rank from board …

Management

At Innovation Labs, Playing With Technology Is the Easy Part

By<p>Kim S. Nash<p>Innovation can emerge from the rank and file. Other times it comes from executives at the very top. And sometimes, ideas from both worlds come together<p>Not too long ago, MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga had an informal conversation with Jeff Fettig, CEO of Whirlpool, about digitizing washers …

Innovation

Why Great Pitches Come From Customers

<i>*** 5 questions for pinpointing why they really buy ***</i><p>A few months ago, the CEO of a growth-stage software company on the East Coast engaged me to …

Customers

33 Steps for Corporate Innovation…you won’t believe what happens next!

The ultimate one-size-fits-all guide to corporate innovation.The post 33 Steps for Corporate Innovation…you won’t believe what happens next! appeared …

Digital Transformation On Purpose

Digital technology has great potential to address many challenges facing the world, but its effects on society are being experienced at such …

How Should You Calculate Customer Lifetime Value?

Customer lifetime value (CLV), which is the present value of cash flows from a customer relationship, can help managers make decisions regarding …

Engaging Employees Starts with Remembering What Your Company Stands For

Organizations spend over $100 billion annually to improve employee engagement. Yet according to Gallup, only 13% of employees are engaged — and disengaged employees cost U.S. companies $450 billion to $550 billion per year in lost productivity.<p>The reason why most engagement efforts fall short is …

Employee Engagement

The surprising thing Google learned about its employees — and what it means for today’s students

The conventional wisdom about 21st century skills holds that students need to master the STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering and math — and learn to code as well because that’s where the jobs are. It turns out that is a gross simplification of what students need to know and be able to …

Communication Skills

Peek Inside 7 of The Banking World's Coolest Innovation Labs

Banks are often ridiculed for their lack of innovation, but some seem to be taking it pretty seriously, at least from the looks of the innovation …

Innovation

A Short Guide to Strategy for Entrepreneurs

It sometimes appears that the traditional rules of business are being upended by today’s mega-trends of multisided platforms, big data, machine learning and AI, crowdsourcing, the internet of things (IoT), and more. These trends have transformed the world of business immeasurably. But they have …

Innovation

Learn How to Use the Best Ideation Methods: Worst Possible Idea

We all know what it is like when someone calls for new ideas. At first, no one wants to say anything; most people tend to wait to hear what others …

First Principles: Elon Musk on the Power of Thinking for Yourself

First principles thinking, which is sometimes called reasoning from first principles, is one of the most effective strategies you can employ for …

What CEOs Get Wrong About Vision and How to Get It Right

When a leader must implement a new strategy, especially one that requires new systems, processes, and perhaps people, it is the start of a new era. …

How to calculate your total addressable market and make a great TAM slide for investors

I’ve seen hundreds of startup pitch decks in my time at Matrix, and have found total addressable market (TAM) slides to be among the most frequently …

Product Management