Thursday, March 27, 2014

How Corporate Investors Can Improve Their Odds

When investing in new growth businesses, corporate leaders are commonly advised to behave more like venture capitalists. VCs, they’re told, take more of a long-term approach, have a greater degree of risk tolerance, and parcel out their funds in stages to mitigate risk. All of this is right, as far as it goes. But having [...]

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Perspectives on a day spent serving up ideas for system-wide innovation with local leaders

Most healthcare leaders know in their gut that the industry has to make a fundamental shift in the way care is paid for and delivered. But they worry – What’s will our business be like in the new future? How do we get there? What’s the path forward?  By creating a unique collaborative approach to [...]

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Should Big Companies Give Up on Innovation?

“Why bother?” It’s a common question thrown at me by entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, or the more cynically minded corporate leaders. That is, why bother trying to innovate if no matter what they do, large companies can no longer maintain a sustainable advantage and their life spans are just getting shorter and shorter?  Isn’t it better [...]

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Friday, February 21, 2014

The Strategic Mistake Almost Everybody Makes

“It is simple math,” the strategist said in a tone that sounded suspiciously similar to how I explain things to my six-year-old daughter. “Decreasing churn by a percent — a single percent! — creates tens of millions of dollars of value. A point of market share creates five times that amount. Our growth investments are [...]

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Why the X Games Won’t Dethrone the Olympics

A “new model for how winter sports are done” that “feeds an audience hunger for life-treating daredevilry” and drives “high market penetration and . . . high dollars.” Yes, that’s a collection of phrases describing the X Games, a series of athletic competitions created by cable giant ESPN. With the Winter Olympics set to start [...]

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Eight Essential Questions for Every Corporate Innovator

One of the first, and most lasting, pieces of career advice I received came from Linda Bush, my first project manager when I was a wee pup working at McKinsey & Company. “Ask a lot of questions,” Linda advised me. “You might think you are being annoying, but it’s the only way you learn. And [...]

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

When Rising Revenue Spells Trouble

Readers in industries where the pace of change has slowed and ambiguity has decreased, please stop reading. This post isn’t for you. Everyone still here? Thought so. An interconnected world where technology advances at a dizzying pace and new companies emerge, scale, and decline in the blink of an eye means never a dull moment [...]

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

In 2014, Resolve to Make Your Business Human Again

In 1960, marketing legend Ted Levitt provided perhaps his seminal contribution to the Harvard Business Review: “Marketing Myopia.” The article castigated companies for losing sight of the essence of their business, setting themselves up for challenges from competitors and, ultimately, for obsolescence. To avoid that, Levitt exhorted leaders to ask themselves the seemingly obvious question [...]

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

How Professional Services Firms Can Survive the Data Analytics Disruption

Professional services firms are increasingly facing disruptive threats from data analytics solutions. Consider, for example, new pricing analytics software that gives operating companies real-time access to revenue transparency – and no longer requires them to hire a team of management consultants for months to re-crunch their sales data in Excel.  Or, take new predictive project [...]

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Three Most Innovative Companies of 2013

One can naturally debate any system that seeks to crown the world’s most innovative companies. Boston Consulting Group’s list, which relies heavily on surveys asking senior executives to name the companies they perceive to be innovative, risks succumbing to the halo effect, where generally successful companies are assumed to be good at everything. Forbes’s mathematical [...]

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