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Lead from the Future

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The authors point out that present-forward thinking innovation at most organizations is mostly incremental improvements to what they are already doing. The authors offer a three-step process to help leaders develop visionary strategies and bring them to life. Develop Your Vision.

The 4 Types of Innovation and the Problems They Solve

Harvard Business

One of the best innovation stories I’ve ever heard came to me from a senior executive at a leading tech firm. That, in essence, is the value of open innovation. In researching my book, Mapping Innovation , I found that every innovation strategy fails eventually, because innovation is, at its core, about solving problems — and there are as many ways to innovate as there are types of problems to solve. Sustaining innovation.


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What Business Leaders Need to Know About the Paris Climate Conference

Harvard Business Review

The 195 member countries, or “parties,” hold a Conference of Parties (COP) annually, and this year is the 21st meeting. But, as climate policy expert Aimee Christensen pointed out to me, “the recent momentum going into Paris is primarily driven by the improving economics of action (e.g., Many CEOs are going to Paris to speak at business-focused conferences running in parallel to the negotiations to show their support.

The Real Secret to Thriving Amid Disruptive Innovation

Harvard Business Review

I'm sitting at DLD , a new-media conference hosted by an old media company (German magazine publisher Burda) in Munich. Breyer stands out — both in the room and the Twitter echo chamber — by sounding like an Old Testament prophet (or at least like Clay Christensen ): "traditional media companies unless they radically change. Lots of industries have been turned upside down by innovation over the years. Disruptive innovation Media Social media

Disruptive Business Models | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Few things are more critical to your efforts in increasing your revenue growth and corporate sustainability than understanding the value of disruptive innovation. So why do so many established and often well managed companies struggle with disruptive innovation? My engagements with CEOs often focus on helping them to embrace change through disruptive innovation. When was the last time your business embraced change and did something innovative?

What Kind of Innovative Does Apple Have to Be?

Harvard Business Review

So is iTunes Radio an innovation? Other new features announced at Apple''s World Wide Developers Conference Monday, such as the iOS 7 and Mavericks operating systems, had a bit more actual newness to them. Sounds great, I guess, and probably even innovative. The subject of whether Apple is still innovative has become an extremely touchy one over the past year. Except for a few dark years in the mid-1990s, Apple has always been very good at sustaining innovation.

Investors Punish Amazon for Investing in Disruptive Growth

Harvard Business Review

Kindle Fire Tablet — a new market disruption enabled by business model innovation. On the conference call, Szkutak explained that significant capacity investments are being made in distribution centers so Amazon can continue to grow its core retail business. Amazon, it appears, is willing to wait as long as it takes to develop a portfolio of disruptive-growth businesses. If you can't do those three things, you need to limit yourself to sustaining innovation.

The Key to Great Customer Service

Harvard Business Review

I'd come down to New York for HSM's World Innovation Forum. The first day of the conference, customer service guru and Zappos chief Tony Hsieh gave his spiel about Zappos being a service company that just happened to sell shoes. He talked about how they hire — and fire — on their core values, how they'd developed and refined those values over the course of several years, and how their company mission was grounded in the latest science of what makes people happy.

What Great Social Media Campaigns Get Right

Harvard Business Review

Now consider the Business Innovation Factory (BIF) , an organization that seeks to bring cutting edge innovation techniques to social initiatives, many of which are similar to those Pepsi Refresh sought to promote. Its founder, Saul Kaplan , is a self-professed innovation junkie. It is now a cult favorite in the innovation world. While such orthodoxy can instill discipline and obedience, it squelches innovation and the ability to adapt to changing contexts.

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Jeff Bezos Brings His Low-Margin Ways to Newspapers

Harvard Business Review

Way back in the first decade of the new millennium, when Craigslist seemed like the biggest threat facing newspapers, founder Craig Newmark paid visits to lots of media companies and media conferences. But when disruptive innovation threatens to breach a moat, high-margin companies usually find themselves especially ill-prepared to fight back. Sometimes that''s political influence and hometown boosterism, as with the local developer and hotelier who bought San Diego''s daily paper.

Management’s Three Eras: A Brief History

Harvard Business Review

Short-term thinking has been charged with no less than a chronic decline in innovation capability by Clayton Christensen who termed it “the Capitalist’s Dilemma.” ) Corporations continue to focus too narrowly on shareholders , with terrible consequences – even at great companies like IBM. Gantt – developed theories that emphasized efficiency, lack of variation, consistency of production, and predictability. For more information, see the conference homepage.

The Big Misconceptions Holding Holacracy Back

Harvard Business Review

Still, the essential concepts behind holacracy offer perhaps the best hope of easing top managers’ stranglehold on companies and, by extension, on innovation. As Clayton Christensen and many others have demonstrated , the management practices prevailing in most companies tend to stifle any dialogue on ideas that arise from the shop floor or the front line. Moreover, instead of conferring authority, the hierarchy establishes an unambiguous sequence of levels of accountability.