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.

Four FREE Giveaways for Early Adopters

LDRLB

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.

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Change Management Lessons from Eating Snakes and Rats

Lead Change Blog

Students who were brave early adopters followed them, filling their plates and heading for a table to show off to their buddies, all with the admiration of the instructors. Change Management Army Jungle Survival School Camp Sherman Early Adopters military Vietnam

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

Innovators and Early Adopters

CO2

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.

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.

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.

Three reasons pms need an iphone

Lead on Purpose

However, five weeks ago I purchased an iPhone 3GS (granted, I’m not an early adopter) and the experience has been phenomenal.

Galaxy Note 4

Execupundit

FutureLawyer , who falls in the Earlier Than Early Adopter category, reports

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.

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.

Somewhat SmartWatch?

Execupundit

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

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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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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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.

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.

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.

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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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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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?

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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.

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.

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.

“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.

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.

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.

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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The Wearable Car

Execupundit

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Get Buy-In for Your Crazy Idea

Harvard Business Review

Everett Rodgers, a sociology professor at Ohio State University published the now famous Diffusion of Innovation in 1962 and coined the term “early adopter.” The less compatible your new idea is with existing systems, the harder adoption will be.

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.

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!

Transitioning Your Company from Product to Platform

Harvard Business Review

It occurs in stages: Structuring an external product “love group” Transforming the love group into early platform adopters. Leveraging early adopters to accelerate platform adoption. Platforms can be a strong source of competitive advantage.

Innovative Leaders Aren’t Scared of Customers

LDRLB

With only a few customers in the early stage of the game, any open-ended conversation with someone interested in what we’re doing is welcomed with enthusiasm. A different bank, for example, recently created an incubator where early-stage ideas could be seen and worked on by employees only.

Leadership 101: Values as a Bridge to Vision

C-Level Strategies

There will always be early adopters and people who have an emotional ownership of the outcome and who are very involved from the beginning.

How Morale Changes as a Startup Grows

Harvard Business Review

At the same time, companies that cross the cultural chasm see a marked rebound in their culture starting in years five and six, although not returning to the “honeymoon” of the startup’s early days. After researching over 100 early stage ventures, we began to understand why startups hit a cultural chasm and how to navigate it. By investing in culture early on, one would expect that voluntary attrition would be lower, and our research corroborates that.