To be a successful organisation, we need the skills to both find and execute new ideas. These two skill-sets often seem to be opposites. However, it is much more productive to think of them as a polarity – an interdependent set of skills which are both simultaneously necessary for success.
If our eternal rate of change doesn’t match the rate of change in our environment, we’re in big trouble. The way to avoid this is innovating more.
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.
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.
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 requires slack – are you taking enough time to innovate?
The Trap of Authenticity Do organisations need to be authentic? It’s a question that came up as I was talking to a colleague recently. He runs a program for the London Stock Exchange designed to accelerate growth in mid-sized companies so that they will become big enough to list on the LSE faster. One of […]
The watch I inherited from my Grandfather is over 50 years old, but it still works. Are we working on things today that will last 50 years? We should be.
Recently, 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 as a system. The system is rooted in experimentation, […]
When we make something new, we often don’t give as much thought to building a business model to go with the great new thing. This is a mistake.
Big new ideas and big target markets are important to innovation. However, if we want to win big, we have to start out incredibly small. New ideas grow by dominating a small niche, and then spiralling out.
Being average isn’t enough – we need to be awesome at something if we want to win.