Turning Observation into Innovation

Leading Blog

E VERYONE WANTS to be an innovator. Every organization wants to be innovative; it doesn’t matter if it’s a church, a for-profit or non-profit business, or a government agency. To not be innovative is to risk being left behind. But how many of us are truly innovative?

Leadership, Strategy and Innovation at the Women in Strategy Summit

Women on Business

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Great Leaders Embrace Innovation, and Innovation Demands Risks

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by Randal Moss : Great leaders consistently talk about the need for their organization to ‘be innovative’ in their thinking. No Guts, No Growth, No Glory Taking risks is an inextricable part of being innovative. Celebrating innovations publicly is another important activity.

Get Off The Strategy Merry-Go-Round

N2Growth Blog

Global Practice Chair, Strategy N2Growth. Most organizations, and even most strategy consultants, are using strategic planning frameworks built for business models that were designed during the industrial age. IT’S TIME TO INNOVATE STRATEGY. STRATEGY INNOVATION.

Navigating the Challenging Conversations of Strategy

Management Excellence

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The Emerging Strategy of Innovative Service

Strategy Driven

Such a plethora of challenges has required all organizations to rethink their strategy. So, what is the strategy for today’s customer in today’s times? That means using the mission again as the North Star and foundation of the organization’s strategy.

Leaders Can’t Execute Strategy

Great Leadership By Dan

Every university offering a business degree has on their faculty a professor teaching strategy but almost none have a professor teaching its execution. I call this the “Strategy Execution Skills Gap”. What’s required to execute strategy has not been taught in the classroom.

N2Growth Helps Businesses Combine Strategy & Innovation for a Consumer-First Approach to Digital Transformation

N2Growth Blog

To stay competitive, brands must innovate and transform. In contrast, other leaders focus so much on long-term strategies that they miss the opportunity to create competitive advantage by pulling the future forward. The Cognitive iSix Framework of N2Growth’s Digital Strategy.

Five Strategies for Nonprofit Innovation

LDRLB

Dependence limits innovative thinking. And earlier this year, New York’s Mayor Bloomberg doled out awards specifically recognizing the city’s most innovative nonprofits. Here are five strategies for doing so: Think like a business. Innovation is about partnerships.

The Strategy of Hustle

In the CEO Afterlife

I’ve read a lot of books on strategy. I was devoted to master strategies and “big play” innovations that ideally positioned a company to dominate their chosen market(s) and enjoy sustainable competitive advantage. The innovations are incremental, and often easily copied.

12 Keys To Dauntless Innovation

Lead Change Blog

Aiming to jump start innovation in your organization? Innovation is a necessity, a way of life for mountaineers. Climbers plan meticulously then innovate their way through unexpected challenges to reach a summit. Pursuit of personal comfort is a second enemy of innovation.

Learning from the Innovation Leaders

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Rowan Gibson : Not since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution has there been a greater need to learn the art of innovation leadership. And who better to learn them from than the innovation leaders themselves? Who do we think of as innovation leaders?

12 Keys To Dauntless Innovation

Lead Change Blog

Aiming to jump start innovation in your organization? Innovation is a necessity, a way of life for mountaineers. Climbers plan meticulously then innovate their way through unexpected challenges to reach a summit. Pursuit of personal comfort is a second enemy of innovation.

The Three Box Solution: A Strategy For Leading Innovation

Marshall Goldsmith

My colleague and friend Vijay Govindarajan (VG), who is on Dartmouth and Harvard faculties, has just published his book The Three Box Solution: A Strategy For Leading Innovation today.

Approach to Innovation

Coaching Tip

Today's conventional wisdom says to survive, companies must move beyond incremental innovation and invest in radical, disruptive innovation. In "THE POWER OF LITTLE IDEAS" , Wharton professor David Robertson examines an approach to innovation; one that is neither incremental nor disruptive. This low-risk, high-reward strategy is an approach to innovation that all companies should recognize and apply when it will give them a competitive advantage.

Strategy, Capability & Really Bad Advice

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. I just finished reading an article where the author (a self professed innovation guru) recommended strategy be aligned with capability, and that to allow ambition to exceed capability is a nothing short of a recipe for disaster.

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Culture Doesn’t Trump Strategy

In the CEO Afterlife

In the last 40 years of the 20 th century, strategy was the champion of business supremacy. As a critical success factor, strategy turned into a lucrative industry for a host of consulting firms such as McKinsey & Company , and the Boston Consulting Group. Strategy is Constraining.

Maneuver Strategy

Coaching Tip

Maneuver strategy has been used by the military since King Leonidas and Genghis Khan, yet businesses all too often neglect it. In their new book, “OUTMANEUVER: OutThink, Don’t OutSpend” strategy and innovation consulting experts Jeffrey Phillips and Alex Verjovsky examine how maneuver strategies, based on speed, agility, insight and innovation win the most in any market at the least possible cost, for companies of any size, in any industry.

Innovation Begins (and remains) at the Top

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post By John Sweeney: Innovation is foundational to business leadership. We empower individuals across disciplines to evaluate, orchestrate, strategize, create and hire, but most importantly, we empower others to innovate. empowerment innovation John Sweeney

How to Drive Strategies By Assessing Your Company Capabilities

N2Growth Blog

Assess your company across these 4 capability dimensions presented below to determine the best strategies for your firm: Managerial. Pricing Options: What is the pricing strategy? Strategy Innovation Jim Kerr leadership leadership success

Leaders, Want To Master Innovation? Then Get Funny!

Tanveer Naseer

So to get the most out of innovation processes such as design thinking, truly creative leaders also need to master the social dynamics of… [wait for the punchline}…humor! When it comes to boosting innovation the overwhelming focus should be on styles of humour that generate positive emotions.

Dinosaurs, Big Consulting Firms and Disruptive Innovation

N2Growth Blog

Thanks to Professor Clayton Christensen of Harvard University and his 1997 landmark book, The Innovator’s Dilemma , we have a new way of understanding the life cycle of companies and why some market leaders maintain their dominant position and other one-time market leaders disappear.

Innovative Branding For Female Entrepreneurs

Women on Business

Being a modern day figure in the marketplace of female empowerment leader and spiritual innovator leads one to believe that my life is my message, my image is my brand, my ideas are what the public is searching and looking for, if I come from that singular identity, then I am way off track.

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Effective Leaders Understand the Need to Create an Emotional Connection to Strategy

Management Excellence

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Strategy for Non-Strategic Leaders

In the CEO Afterlife

These are the folks who don’t know the difference between strategy and tactics – those who view strategy as a needless constraint. Ironically, sticking to a well-conceived strategy makes decisions easy. Many have never lived through strategy’s positive effects.

Strategies for Success in a Dematerialized World

Strategy Driven

You just finished reading Strategies for Success in a Dematerialized World ! The post Strategies for Success in a Dematerialized World appeared first on StrategyDriven. The Big Picture of Business – Communications Reflect Your Strategy. Are you prepared to get vaporized?

070: Big Bang Disruption: Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation | with Larry Downes

Engaging Leader

Nearly two decades ago, Clayton Christiansen changed the way large companies thought about strategy and innovation with his book The Innovator’s Dilemma. His brand-new book, co-authored with Paul Nunes, is Big Bang Disruption: Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation.

Why Strategy Withstands the Test of Time

In the CEO Afterlife

How often have you heard people say, “Our strategy is to become the biggest and the best?” This is not strategy. Strategy is not the what. Strategy is the how – how will you become the biggest and the best? By its very nature, strategy is constraining.

4 Examples When Strategy Should Drive a Leader’s Decision

Ron Edmondson

There are times, however, if a leader wants to be successful, when they must use strategy to make decisions. This is especially where other people are brought into the strategy part of making the decision. There are times the “gut call” comes in handy for a leader.

Innovation as a Catalyst for Transformation

General Leadership

And a recent Harvard Business School study outlining the must-have competencies of successful leaders highlights how strategy alone is increasingly insufficient to sustain a company’s competitive edge in today’s rapidly changing world.…

Can you depend on innovation as your only strategy?

Sidd Gavirneni

Twitter Updates Blog Archive ▼ 2010 (8) ▼ October (2) Can you depend on innovation as your only strategy. ► May (1) Change - Make it Contagious ► April (3) HTC and Android - What is the strategy? Innovation" has been the buzz word for quite some time now.

Rebellious Optimism = Innovation

Mills Scofield

Their story of doing well and doing good is one of the most powerful I’ve seen in blending innovative business models, techniques, processes and social impact. Brown University Culture GOALS Haiti Innovation Leadership Social Entrepreneurship Strategy Virtues-Values

What a Mechanical Shark Can Teach Us About Leadership and Innovation

Leading Blog

As I watched the documentary, I was struck by how closely the story mirrored case studies from the business world, and how perfectly it illustrated the points I try to emphasize in the leadership and innovation class I teach at MIT.

The “Next Practices” of Strategy-Setting

N2Growth Blog

Be dynamic and agile, not routine and static – most “strategy” firms offer inflexible, rigid, complex and time consuming approaches that eat up resources and yield only limited value. Be Innovative and engaging, not flat and uninspired – countless management consultants employ the same old, tired planning processes that generate little interest or energy. Strategy Jim KerrAre your strategic planning practices flat and uninspired?

2012 Best Books on Leadership, Innovation and Strategy

LDRLB

Innovation. Leapfrogging is a powerful book in how surprise powers innovative breakthroughs. Besides being our pick for best book title of the year, Bodell’s debut book is packed with great exercises that will help your team think more deeply about how to break from the status quo and start what she calls an innovation revolution. It’s not enough just to think about the innovations your own organization is pursuing. Strategy. The Strategy Book by Max McKeown.

20 Interesting Behaviors of Strategy Tourist

Strategy Driven

Let me start by reassuring you: the chances that you are a strategy tourist are close to zero. But I’m sure you do know a strategy tourist. They like to restart a new strategy exercise every year. I call the opposite of a strategy tourist a Strategy Execution hero.

Innovating Higher-Education

Mills Scofield

You can read more of his thoughts on MOOCs in Stanford Social Innovation Review as well. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~. BIF Brown University Education Higher-Ed Innovation Leadership Student-Led Education

News Flash: Innovation Is No Longer Just a Specialist’s Job. Now Here’s How to Involve Your Whole Workforce Instead

Strategy Driven

The classic method of segregating innovation to a single department, or to a process led by specialists, just isn’t fast enough any longer. What’s needed is a culture in which innovation is the mission of everyone, everywhere, every day. That’s not the purpose of Innovation Engineering.

Healthcare Management: The Top Strategies You’ll See In 2018

Strategy Driven

In 2018, more business strategies have been put in place intended to complement the benefits of the industry. Here are four healthcare business strategy trends from healthcare experts expected in 2018 to make health centers more convenient for you and your loved ones.

Smart Strategies for a More Effective Business

Strategy Driven

This is particularly important with how fast new innovations and trends take hold of each and every industry. To ensure that your company is as successive and effective as possible, adopt these smart strategies today: Create a New Business Plan. Reevaluate, and innovate.

Paradox of Innovation & Intellectual Property

Mills Scofield

Yesterday was the 3rd Open Innovation Summit at BW's Center for Innovation & Growth: Practical Challenges of Global Open Innovation featuring P&G. Kelly started out as a chemist, giving her a unique non-traditional-lawyer perspective of invention and innovation. [.]. Too much happened for one post so I'm going to do one on each panelist's story and discussion, starting with Kelly McDow, Associate General Counsel for P&G's Connect+Develop.

Innovation High-Five

Mills Scofield

This is a guest post by Tim Kippley , Geneca Vice President, Account Strategy and Growth. ” The Value of Innovation at Geneca. I have long felt that companies can’t survive without innovating. The Innovation Group is Born. The First Geneca Innovation Challenge.

My 7 Part Strategy for a New Leadership Position

Ron Edmondson

Since beginning, I have been asked repeatedly what my strategy was for the opening days. Here were 7 elements of my strategy for the beginning days: Got to know key leaders. The post My 7 Part Strategy for a New Leadership Position appeared first on Ron Edmondson.