Do people love change or hate it? Are big firms better at innovation or are small ones? The answer to these questions is “both” – and we need to develop some skills for dealing with that.
The Innovation Matrix is back, and now I’m collaborating on it with Nilofer Merchant! Here is a sneak peek at some of the work that we’re doing.
Innovation is a powerful tool, and it’s in your hands. Here are some ideas for using it now.
If someone tells you that they don’t have any competitors, that is a major danger sign. That’s what the startup I worked for thought, and it’s part of why we blew up. You always have some type of competition.
We often picture innovation as a relentless forward march of progress. But sometimes, we can make a significant forward leap by first taking a step backwards. Here’s a small case study that shows how.
Why all this talk about innovation? I get that question a lot. The reason that I think innovation is important is that it is the driver for growth. Consequently, we’re changing the name of the blog to Innovation for Growth. Here are some of the reasons that I think it’s important to link innovation with […]
Here’s the story of one the dumbest decisions I ever made as a marketer. I was managing sales & marketing for a software startup at the time. We were part of a group that included a retail & wholesale computer store as well. The thing that set the retail store apart was that we made […]
Wouldn’t it be great if you could do customer service like Zappos? Or design like Apple? Or innovation like 3M? Who wouldn’t want to be like those firms? Well, it’s not so simple. Barry Dalton wrote an excellent post called You Can’t Be Zappos (and why would you want to be?) addressing exactly this issue. […]
What tools do you need to use to be successful in the social era? The fact is that the tools don’t matter. The two keys to success are: do awesome work, and connect with people.
How should respond to potentially disruptive innovations? If the first response is ridicule, followed by aggression and bargaining, then you could be in trouble.
The emergence of the poll aggregators, especially Nate Silver, was one of the stories of the election for me. While these methods are a huge advance, there are still ways that they can fail. The key cause might be political innovation.
Do people really hate change? Not if they think it will make their lives better.