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Are You About to be Disrupted?

Is technology about to disrupt your market? Chunka Mui and Paul B. Carroll think so, and they have some good suggestions about how to respond.

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How to Succeed in a TL;DR Culture

TL;DR – when attention spans get shorter, we can either accommodate this by going short ourselves, or we can do the opposite and go deep.

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How to change a habit

Don’t Set Goals, Make New Habits Instead

It’s not enough to want to innovate more. We have to build the habits that will help us take the daily actions that will achieve this goal.

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Not Everything That Matters Can Be Measured

The Problem With Being a Fast Follower: Tacit Knowledge

Tacit Knowledge and Why It’s Important There is a mining CEO in Australia who often says in private conversation something like: When it comes to new ideas, we’re anxious to be second They want to use a fast follower strategy.  And there’s some sense to this approach.  After all, trying to be first is risky. […]

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90% of Everything is Crap, and What To Do About It

Theodore Sturgeon said “90% of everything is crud.” This sounds cynical, but it actually leads to some important innovation lessons.

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Here’s Why You Need to Build Your Innovation Capability

The business environment is changing, and competitive advantages have much shorter lifespans now. To combat this, you need to build an innovation capability for yourself, and for your organisation. Here are some ideas on how.

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A Brief Introduction to Uncertainty in Business

Risk and uncertainty are two different things. Mixing them up causes problems. Here are some ideas for dealing with uncertainty in particular.

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There’s No Innovation Without Uncertainty

Frederick Douglass said “Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground…” He was talking about political reform, but this is also true of innovation as well.

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Why Either/Or Thinking is Dangerous

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.

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The Problem With Google

How can you learn what you need to know to become an expert? It requires deep knowledge of a field, but it also requires broad knowledge of related fields. Our current technologies support deep, but not broad. We need to figure out a way to find t-shaped knowledge.

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Are eBooks Really Books?

If I am fortunate enough to get promoted again, I’ll face a choice. My position can either be Associate Professor, or Reader. It will still be a while before I have to make that choice, but Reader is a pretty tempting title. Why would an academic be called a Reader? It comes from the days […]

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Apple is a Manic Pixie Dream Firm

The Manic Pixie Dream Girl Nancy and I saw Ruby Sparks last night, and really enjoyed it. It’s written by Zoe Kazan, who also stars, and it absolutely skewers the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope. Nathan Rabin defined Manic Pixie Dreams Girls (MPDG) in his review of Elizabethtown: The Manic Pixie Dream Girl exists solely […]

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