The hype around innovation right now seems overwhelming. Does this mean that we’ve hit Peak Innovation? No – we’ve hit Peak Innovation Hype. To avoid the hype, we need to understand what is already known about the substance of innovation.
We often look for shortcuts to change, but there are none. The design process used by Charles and Ray Eames gives us insight into how we have to do the hard work if we want to change the world.
Being average isn’t enough – we need to be awesome at something if we want to win.
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.
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.
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.
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. […]
Theodore Sturgeon said “90% of everything is crud.” This sounds cynical, but it actually leads to some important innovation lessons.
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.
Risk and uncertainty are two different things. Mixing them up causes problems. Here are some ideas for dealing with uncertainty in particular.
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.
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.