If You Look At Rocks, You Hit Rocks

What we focus on determines our performance


According to my friend Ben, mountain bikers say “if you see rocks, you hit rocks.” This idea has important implications for innovation and business performance.

Zappos Just Pulled Off the Boldest Change Management Move Ever

Corporate Change

Zappos is undertaking a fascinating experiment in change management. It’s important to evaluate this separately from the experiment with the management structure Holacracy that they are trying at the same time.

Innovation and Organizational Culture


+1 Tweet Share Pin Share Share RedditTotal Shares 0Recently, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has published key findings of their latest “Most Innovative Companies 2014” survey. Beside the annual ranking, headed by the top three companies Apple, Google and Samsung, some insightful outcomes with regard to organizational and cultural requirements have striked my eye. According to BCG’s research, successfully innovating companies approach innovation […]

Five Questions that Will Help You Build an Innovation Culture

The Discipline of Innovation

How do we innovate in a risk-averse culture? By realising that a culture is something that we create ourselves, through our interactions with people daily. When we change the way we act, we start to change out culture.

Innovation Lessons from Amazon’s Shareholder Letters


Jeff Bezos’ annual letters to shareholders provide some interesting insights into how Amazon has managed to continue to innovate, even as they’ve grown to become enormous.

Talk is the Technology of Leadership

There are lots of things that we do unconsciously – like listening and speaking. But talk is the technology of leadership – so we should actually start paying attention to building skills in these activities.

Is Innovation Part of Your Organisation’s DNA?


I’ve run across four firms that have been wildly successful in a terrible retail environment. All of them share a few characteristics that result from having innovation embedded in their DNA.