Friday, April 3, 2015

When Disruption is Not an Option: Dire Straits for the Shipping Business

Corporate leaders generally view the emergence of disruptive technologies with dread. After all, disruption has led to the downfall of many a great company ranging from Kodak to Nokia, and even the most sophisticated companies struggle to respond to disruption. For those that have survived industry disruption, such as IBM and Intel, the experience has [...]

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Expertise: Disruptive Innovation | Comments (0)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Circumstances for the Success of the Apple Watch

First, a confession. I am not a member of the Cult of Apple. Yes, I own an iPhone and an iMac and use a MacBook Pro and, occasionally, an iPad. But I own them primarily for practical reasons – I needed a portable device (iPod then iPhone) to listen to my playlists, and my husband [...]

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Expertise: Disruptive Innovation, Jobs-To-Be-Done | Comments (0)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Zombie Projects: How to Find Them and Kill Them

“You will never find them,” said a senior leader in a multibillion-dollar IT company. The “them” the leader was referring to were zombie projects: the nefarious enemies of well-intentioned innovation efforts around the globe. Zombies are projects that, for any number of reasons, fail to fulfill their promise and yet keep shuffling along, sucking up resources [...]

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Expertise: Portfolio Management, Risk Management | Comments (0)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

How Singapore Became an Entrepreneurial Hub

“You are crazy.” That was the predominant sentiment I heard a little more than five years ago when I told U.S.-based venture capitalists about my plans to move my family out to Singapore to oversee Innosight’s nascent investment and incubation arm. Since I had never done venture investing before, I was trying to get advice [...]

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Assessment: Should We Pursue This New Project?

Like aviators, experienced innovators use checklists. It’s how they make sure they haven’t left out any critical steps when assessing new ideas. This approach, described in our recent HBR article, also helps company strategists and innovation leaders evaluate investments and advise new-growth teams in a disciplined way. We’ve created this brief interactive checklist to help [...]

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

When It Comes to Digital Innovation, Less Action, More Thought

A few years ago, we had an idea for a new business opportunity. One of our colleagues owned a restaurant and was complaining about the amount of money he lost because expensive bottles of liquor often went missing (the industry calls this “shrinkage”). This is a problem affecting tens of thousands of restaurants — an [...]

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Expertise: Business Model Innovation, Emergent Strategy | Comments (0)

Monday, January 12, 2015

Why Online Retailers Are Starting to Care About Your Feelings

When I was growing up in suburban Cleveland, the mall was everything.  It was where I hung out with friends, earned my first paycheck, and exercised my newfound independence. Now that mall is practically empty. Storefronts are vacant. You can hear the footsteps of the few shoppers echo down the hall. We all know that [...]

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Expertise: Jobs-To-Be-Done | Comments (0)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Calculate How Much Your Company Should Invest in Innovation

How much does your company need to invest in innovation? It seems like a simple enough question, but answering it with a degree of rigor often highlights a gap that’s bigger than you think between your future financial targets and your current investments in growth. Identifying this so-called “growth gap” is critical, because the bigger [...]

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Expertise: Culture of Innovation, Disruptive Innovation, Jobs-To-Be-Done, Portfolio Management, Risk Management | Comments (0)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Practicing the ‘Art of Disciplined Experimentation’

“Why don’t we just do that instead of all this testing?” The ‘we’ in the question is a large client active in the retail space. The ‘that’ is what he assumed was required to launch a new product, and ‘all that testing’ was the test & learn plan that came first. The question posed was [...]

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Expertise: Culture of Innovation, Emergent Strategy | Comments (0)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Innovation Leadership Lessons from the Marshmallow Challenge

Imagine a room filled with 30 people, divided into six teams. Each team gets 20 sticks of spaghetti, a yard of string, strips of scotch tape, and a single marshmallow. They have 18 minutes to build a free-standing structure that will enable the marshmallow to rest on top. This is the so-called marshmallow challenge, a [...]

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Expertise: Risk Management | Comments (0)

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