Have You Learned to be an Early Adopter

First Friday Book Synopsis

“His parents were simply early adopters of what will become an essential learning tool for the next generation.” ” (speaking of a three year old in Sweden working “on his music” on an iPad). – Michael Saylor, The Mobile Wave —————- Here’s a short but important thought for a Saturday. I’n in Natchitoches, LA, for our [.]. Randy's blog entries

Innovators and Early Adopters


The Left-Siders by Simon Sinek ( blog ). The world is a bell curve. Class room test scores, employee performance in a company or how many people really, really like you. No matter the population you’re studying, they always fit neatly across the standard deviations of the famous bell curve.

Just How Early Do You Need To Be An Early Adopter? – Pretty Early

First Friday Book Synopsis

Just how early do you need to be an early adopter? Pretty early. The pace of change is breathtaking. You can fall behind in a heartbeat. And somebody, somewhere, is trying to move ahead of you right now. And someone else is trying to move ahead of the someone who is trying to move ahead […]. Randy''s blog entries

Four FREE Giveaways for Early Adopters


In just 8 short weeks, The Myths of Creativity , will hit the shelves of bookstores everywhere. We’ve already been overwhelmed by the love people are showing for the book by pre-ordering it.

The Perils of Being an Early Innovator

Lead Change Blog

Early Adopter vs. Early Innovator. People might describe me having “an early adopter problem,” but I disagree (unless they are trying to describe my audience and not me): being an early innovator is not the same thing as being an early adopter.

Somewhat SmartWatch?


FutureLawyer is an early adopter. He's been using the Sony SmartWatch and has a review

The Wearable Car


FutureLawyer , an early adopter, has made his reservation for an Elio. He posts a video. The Elio looks pretty promising for commuting, the price is more than reasonable, and its gas mileage is great. Will we all be driving these in a few years

6 Communication Lessons from Social Media for 21st-Century Leaders

Engaging Leader

I was not one of social media’s early adopters. I finally got on Facebook in 2009, roughly the same time as your grandmother. Twitter? Not until 2011. All those hashtags and short URLs confused me.

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4 Steps For Cultural Change

The Leadership Advisor

Implement – There will be early adopters and the “let’s see if it works” crowd. You know who your early adopters are. Many people make the assumption that a bad culture is a direct result of bad leadership, which I have been guilty of doing as well.

Corporate Culture And Changing Behavior

Eric Jacobson

Smith and O''Connell go on to explain that: Given the importance of peer influence, people need to perceive that respected peers are adopting change.

4 Steps For Cultural Change

The Leadership Advisor

Implement – There will be early adopters and the “let’s see if it works” crowd. You know who your early adopters are. Many people make the assumption that a bad culture is a direct result of bad leadership, which I have been guilty of doing as well.

Corporate Culture And Changing Behavior

Eric Jacobson

Smith and O''Connell go on to explain that: Given the importance of peer influence, people need to perceive that respected peers are adopting change.

BlackBerry 10 Sentiment

CEO Blog

I often see products that sell lots in the first few week - this is normal early adopter. BlackBerry 10 launched today. There has been lots written about it so not for me to share anything new. Lots of apps, lightning fast surfing etc. The device looks like a winner - but will it be? I think the next 90 days will tell. Then the sales either grow exponentially or fizzle. Largely depending on how well the market accepts the product.

Leaders Can’t Execute Strategy

Great Leadership By Dan

People who are early adopters of the execution need encouragement to take risks. The bold areas above come together to make up the Implementation Compass ™ - a framework for identifying the right actions, adopted by governments and companies.

Organizational Alignment is the Key to Managing Change

Lead Change Blog

Empower Willing Change Leaders: The most successful change efforts include the early adopters and use internal, front-line change agents to sway the majority. There are two types of organizational change: change that is mandated and change that is proactive.

Birthing a Baby Unicorn: The Anatomy of a Successful Startup Launch

Great Leadership By Dan

But, it’s better to get feedback from early customers, not board members. Build content early and often. Since iteration is a way of life in startup marketing, start drafting content early to hit your deadlines.

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Is Blogging Dead?

N2Growth Blog

When a new industry surfaces, the early adopters (first-movers) set-up shop, validate proof of concept, carve out their niche, and build very strong, if not in some cases, category dominant brands. By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. I read an interesting article in Inc.

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Why SAP ramp-ups are hard to get into

Crossderry Blog

As with any nascent technology, early adopters will benefit in some ways and suffer in others (emphasis mine). Share this: StumbleUpon Digg Reddit Filed under: PMO Tagged: | early adopters , ramp-up , SAP , Testing « PM Quote of the Day — Beatrix Potter PM Quote of the Day — Anatole France » Like Be the first to like this post.


Leadership Caffeine Podcast #10: Geoffrey Moore on Escape Velocity

Management Excellence

Moore, the renowned high-tech strategist and author, perhaps best known for his book, Crossing the Chasm, a guide to helping firms move from early adopters across this fateful and often fatal canyon, is back with his latest book, Escape Velocity-Free Your Company's Future from the Pull of the Past.

How to Overcome the 3 Organizational Barriers to Leadership Development

Great Leadership By Dan

In any organization, there’s always going to be about 10% early adopters, 80% that will eventually get on board if you can convince them and show them how, and 10% that are just going to dig their heels in and refuse to try anything new or different.

8 Ways to Have a Successful Partnership

Leading Blog

Once these early adopters are moving product, others will not be able to blame anyone but themselves for missing targets. This is a post by August Turak, author of Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks : One CEO''s Quest for Meaning and Authenticity.

Focus On the Customers You Want, Not the Ones You Have

Harvard Business Review

Different segments have different risk tolerances, ways of making decisions, and — perhaps most challenging for growing businesses — preferences for when and how they adopt innovations. First, what worked with early adopters isn’t likely to work with later adopters.

“Joinership” is the new Leadership

Strategy Driven

Strong leaders may inspire people to join their cause, but it’s those early hires and early adopters – the fledgling community who believes in a company’s ideals – that will make or break a young business. It’s no secret that most companies value leadership over just about anything else. It’s an attitude reflected in our culture and on the surface, it appears to be the key to success.

Company Culture 3.0: The Conscious Connected Workplace

The Leadership Advisor

Its early days. We are honored to have Kate Billing of Blacksmith Ltd. as the first of many contributions to The Leadership Advisor blog. Kate is a great addition to our ever growing network of professionals who carry the heart of improving society by improving business. Blacksmith Ltd.

How to Lead a Redneck

Lead Change Blog

And what about the baby boomers who are “can-do,” purpose-driven early adopters who care more about learning than a gold watch, use Snapchat and listen to Jay Z?” We can thank Hapeville, GA native Jeff Foxworthy for giving rednecks their due.

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What Google “Glassholes” Reveal About Managing Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Innovation increasingly blurs technical and marketing distinctions between “ lead users ” and “early adopters.” Disruptive innovators and strategic marketers take note: “Breakthrough” innovation depends less on design thinking and user experience than how well your lead users/early adopters “brand” your breakthroughs in the mind of the marketplace. Your lead users or early adopters may be technically brilliant.

Learn how to use Google Hangouts for marketing by watching The Hangout pioneers #HangoutPioneers

Krishna De

I have titled this series ‘ Hangout Pioneers ‘ as we are speaking to people who are early adopters of Google Hangouts – this is part of a broader series of visual content marketing content that I will be publishing in 2014.

Fast Change: The co-organization of Business

Great Leadership By Dan

As individuals, we take our cues from the early adopters and we learn what to do – and what not to do. Guest post By Russell Raath : There are many descriptors for the world we live in. Volatile, complex, global, flat, uncertain, unpredictable, and on.

Guest Post: Change Management Models

Change Starts Here

There is little or no point in worrying about the later steps until you have taken care of the early ones. Like the Kubler-Ross model the innovation adoption curve categorises people. It got me thinking… How does the Rogers adoption model link to the Kubler-Ross model?


Five Reasons You Might be Ignoring Your Greatest Competitor

Rajesh Setty

How hard could it be for others to adopt it? The early adopters are usually a minority. There is a competitor that you should be scared of. And that competitor is… Drum roll. Status Quo.

Every Business Is Social (Like it or not)

Mills Scofield

Business Model: As an early adopter and co-creator of Alex Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas (BMC) , I use it the most.

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When good investment decisions end up backing more women CEOs: Conversation with Cameron Lester at Azure Capital.

Weekly Leader

So, instead of trying to invest in the early adopter demographics, we looked at the most valuable demographics from an advertizing perspective and found out that women controlled over 80% of all consumer purchases. By Marylene Delbourg-Delphis @ mddelphis.

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Best practices for marketing your organization on Pinterest

The Organized Executive's Blog

It’s not the typical early adopter organization on Pinterest—after all, staffing firms aren’t known for eye-catching images—but PediaStaff has managed to grow its following to more than 12,000. The following is a guest article by Catherine Welborn, web editor of Briefings Media Group. When you think of social media for work, LinkedIn probably comes to mind. And LinkedIn is an awesome resource for professionals. But it’s not the only resource.

SAP Virtualization and Green IT

Crossderry Blog

From a customer perspective, it’s a great way to become an early adopter of solutions and then to go and deploy those solutions,” said Peter Graf, who was named SAP’s first chief sustainability officer in March. Home About Experience Trap/Complexity Set KM Set Metrics Set Crossderry Blog Entries RSS | Comments RSS Where’s Crossderry read?


Leading in a New Direction - 3 Techniques for Thinking up New Business Ideas

Great Leadership By Dan

This will appeal to both early adopters (who can spread the word) and customers not being served by current DVD rental businesses.

Accelerating Customer Adoption at the Bottom of the Pyramid

Harvard Business Review

How can you accelerate customer adoption of the best solutions? They encourage viral marketing through early adopters. But beyond product and technology innovations, more widespread adoption can only happen if the behavior of individual farms changes in a fundamental way.

BPM should focus on people, not technology

Chartered Management Institute

You can target early adopters. The breadth and variety of BPM tools has never been greater, yet the increasing availability of tools has not increased the success of BPM projects. The biggest barrier to BPM success is so often human related.

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Why I’m Buying An iPad2

Tim Milburn

I’m an early adopter. Tweet Yup. I’m buying an iPad2. In fact, I’m going to go wait in line at Best Buy for the 5pm release on Friday, March 11. I’m excited. Some of my friends and followers have asked me a simple question when I bring it up: Why?

The Dos and Don’ts of Crowdfunding Your Company

Steve Farber

Businesses like restaurants and microbreweries–those with strong brand loyalty that can quickly connect to a large crowd of customers and supporters–have been early adopters. Jones says that if you’re an early-stage company considering this approach, one of the first things to do is pick the right person to conduct your offer at the right portal.

Prerequisites for Change Adoption

Change Starts Here

And what can it tell us about some of the prerequisites for change adoption? Seeing others driving the car not only made it safe, but made me realize if I wanted to be on the early adoption side of the curve, I would have to hurry up!