How I Almost Blew My Big Chance by Forgetting Everything I Know About Innovation

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I just started writing for Harvard Business Review Blogs. Here is the story of how I almost blew that opportunity, and how I finally made it work by doing what I already know works: experimenting.

You Can’t Benchmark Your Way to Greatness

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Many organisations try to increase innovation by copying the successful techniques of other firms. This rarely works. Instead, you need to develop your purpose first. It’s this underlying philosophy that drives success, not tools.

Are Creativity, Entrepreneurship & Innovation the Same Thing?

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There’s a difference between having a great idea, and creating value with that idea. Creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation are all words that are used to describe the value creation part of the equation. So do they mean the same thing?

Innovation and Serendipity


This post was first published at Integrative Innovation.   In a previous post, I have pointed out the importance of diversity for innovation and organizational adaptability. Diversity is a crucial precursor to serendipity. In the Power of Pull, John Hagel, John Seely Brown and Lang Davison emphasize the rising need for serendipity: We need to […]

When is an Innovation an Innovation?


Greg and I have been talking about whether or not innovation needs a purpose.  While we agree on many points, we can see two differing views on the question.  I will argue that within an organisation, innovation does need a purpose, and here is Greg’s post arguing the other side. Let’s start by looking at […]