Innovation

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

To Be a Genius, Think Like a 94-Year-Old

In 1946, a 23-year-old Army veteran named John Goodenough headed to the University of Chicago with a dream of studying physics. When he arrived, a professor warned him that he was already too old to succeed in the field.<p>Recently, Dr. Goodenough recounted that story for me and then laughed …

Patents

Use Customer Journey Maps to Uncover Innovation Opportunities

<i>This Creativity Challenge and Customer Journey Map are an excerpt from David and Tom Kelley’s book</i> <i>Creative Confidence</i><i>.</i><p><b>CREATIVITY CHALLENGE:</b><p>EMPATHIZE …

Health Care

Comment on A New Way to Look at Competitors by Ben

Very interesting – thank you!I think you could solve the “better Banker than a VC”‘s visual misunderstanding by making it appear 3d – as if “Zana” …

It all starts with purpose: How to find your company’s guiding principle

I recently flew across the world with an airline that for all intents and purposes shouldn’t exist.<p>South African Airways has been so poorly …

Your Business

How leaders can link innovation to strategy in three steps - Inventium - Science based innovation consulting

Virtually every company innovates, but few do so in a predictable, repeatable manner. Successful innovations often require the heroic efforts of a …

In most sales organizations, there is incredible pressure to deliver. I’ve been in sales for over 20 years and know this firsthand. Management is under tremendous stress to hit numbers. Salespeople are hired because they’re closers.

<i>In the second of a three-part series, Somersault Innovation Co-Founder Ashley Welch gives specifics on how using design thinking during sales</i> …

Design Thinking

Happy Customers in the Three Horizons of Innovation

<i>This article was updated on Jan 10th 2017. The previous model was simplified for clarity, but lost some of the important details in the connection</i> …

The first 10 steps to corporate innovation

Corporate innovation is all the rage. The world’s largest companies are partnering with startups and opening innovation labs in tech accelerators. Everyone wants to capture that magic pixie dust that enables startups to be innovative and nimble, but obviously it’s hard to mimic that in large …

Innovation

Apple may have finally gotten too big for its unusual corporate structure

Apple did something extraordinarily unusual today and talked extensively about a product that it’s not ready to ship. In response to long-simmering discontent with the Mac Pro — intended to be the company’s most powerful computer, but released in 2013 and then never updated so it became …

Apple

How to do Customer Development using 15-minute interviews

This is a recurring theme of discussion, and I’m in the middle of doing this stuff, so I’m recording a little primer on how to quickly get started …

Product Management

Madhavan Ramanujam Shares 3 Common Pricing Mistakes Companies Make With Products & Services

<b>Even if you’re having conversations about pricing early on with your customers, there are still ways your company can go wrong. We pulled out 3</b> …

Prices

Eight Ways To Manage Innovation Experiments Without Hurting Your Company's Brand

Shutterstock<p>Unlike startups who are usually just starting out in business, large companies tend to have trading histories and reputations to protect. Part of this reputational equity is captured in the company’s brand. At the same time, innovation involves experimenting with ideas and building …

Innovation

How to De-Risk a Startup

27 Oct 2016<p>In a previous post, I wrote that startups are collections of risks, and that the best way to make progress on a company (and to get higher …

Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer and Why He Still Has His Job at Apple

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 …

Business Strategy

How Jeff Bezos Maintains Amazon’s Killer Company Culture

<b>Amazon's stellar growth and reinvention isn't just magic, it's engrained in the company culture. We dig through Jeff Bezos's letter to shareholders</b> …

Jeff Bezos

Three Tools To Inspire Innovation From Your Employees

Shutterstock<p>Did you know that it was Google engineers and not the auto industry that started the race to produce a self-driving car? While the concept of an autonomous car dates back to at least the 1920s, it was Google engineers that matched a well-documented human pain: driver error causes …

Leadership

The 11 Bad Habits Killing Innovation in Your Company

Alexander Osterwalder invented the Business Model Canvas, co-founded strategyzer.com and was the lead author of Business Model Generation which sold …

Innovation

7 Key Innovation Questions for 2017 Planning

It’s no secret that great outcomes start with great planning – so New Year’s Day comes early for innovation leaders.<p>The time to reflect on lessons …

Corporate Innovation — Part 2 – Stefan Petzov – Medium

Corporate Innovation — Part 2<p>In a previous post I’ve highlighted the necessary functions that should exist in a corporation in order to fulfill the …

Field Notes on Innovation and Intrapreneurship (issue #5) — On design thinking as a panacea

Field Notes on Innovation and Intrapreneurship (issue #5) — On design thinking as a panacea<p><i>Field Notes on Innovation and Intrapreneurship is a weekly</i> …

HOW I COACH ENTREPRENEURS

I have been coaching entrepreneurs for about 10 years now. Before that I was making theatre performances. These two big streams of life have informed …

Leadership

7 Chronic Corporate Innovation Problems

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Following Four Different Paths to Innovation

by Braden Kelley<p><b>Interview with Gijs van Wulfen</b><p>I had the opportunity recently to interview fellow Innovation author Gijs van Wulfen to talk with him …

The Art Of Opportunity And Innovation With Design Thinking

When we realize that innovation is an opportunity to deliver customer-centric solutions, we develop a growth mindset that’s vital for success. Frameworks, such as design thinking, help us uncover hidden opportunities with new and cutting-edge products, as well as back offices where roles and …

Design Thinking

How Lean Startup Techniques Can Work Even Better For Established Businesses

While small, agile firms can move fast, larger enterprises have the ability to move deliberately. They have loyal customers and an abundance of …

Lean Startups

Finding Your Space on the Entrepreneurial Map

When pushing ideas forward into the unknown make sure you know where you are playing.

Business School

14 Marketplace Mistakes That Are Killing Your Startup

One week ago, I hosted my fifth Marketplace Dinner. This particular one took place at the DogVacay headquarters in Santa Monica.<p>Marketplace Dinners …

Five Reasons Your Boss Was Right To Shut Down Your Innovation Lab

The Wall At Idea Cafe Inside Samsung’s Creative Lab – Photographer: Jean Chung/Bloomberg<p>Innovation labs are all the rage these days. Most companies have one, are thinking about creating one or have had employees pushing management to start one. There are several innovation labs being launched …

Innovation