Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tesla’s New Strategy Is Over 100 Years Old

Contrary to popular belief, Thomas Edison did not invent the lightbulb.  Twenty or so inventors and labs had already come up with similar designs when he patented his in 1879.  What Edison really invented was affordable and accessible electric light. Edison’s breakthrough was guided by a fundamental insight: any given product is only as powerful [...]

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Whole Foods’ Misguided Play for Millennials

The news that Whole Foods will open a separate chain of stores designed to appeal to millennials stopped me mid-aisle. According to Whole Foods co-CEO Walter Robb, these future stores will feature “modern, streamlined design, innovative technology, and a curated selection” of lower-priced organic and natural foods. As millennials would write—facepalm. My dismay is not [...]

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

What to Do When Your Future Strategy Clashes with Your Present

From time to time, the basis of competition in an industry shifts so dramatically that shifting with it requires a new long-term vision that calls for the organization to do things it never would have done in the past. The hardest part is connecting long-term goals to near-term actions — especially when those new actions [...]

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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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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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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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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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Monday, January 26, 2015

Disruption Is Not About Slaying Giants but about Serving New Customers

Mark W. Johnson, co-founder and senior partner at Innosight: You can go to a conference called Disrupt, get a degree in disruption from USC, and the word “disruptive” seems to appear in the mission statement of an accelerating number of startups. At the same time, the backlash against the ubiquity of the term has gotten [...]

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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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