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?

Is Innovation manageable?

N2Growth Blog

In the years leading up to 2018, I have spent my time bringing innovation to the financial services space. As such it is all about innovation. And now, from a distance, my optimism regarding the sector’s ability to innovate and capture opportunities has not changed.

Create a Strategy for Creating a Strategy

Lead Change Blog

How do we best focus on strategy? Spend time on strategy each day. It is easy to get caught up with the business-as-usual (BAU) activities on a daily basis, but if you do too much of BAU, there will be no time left to think of a strong strategy. I always spend 30 mins of my day thinking about strategy. I ask myself the question, what did I do to contribute to our strategy? I need to make sure I’m contributing to our strategy on a daily basis.

How Big Companies Can (and do) Innovate Like a Start-Up

Leading Blog

T HE INNOVATION WE PRIZE at successful start-ups is a mindset that is brought into the start-up and not necessarily the inherent quality of every start-up. Innovation isn’t something that just happens; we create the conditions for it. Big organizations can innovate like small start-ups.

11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

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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.

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.

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.

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.

What do Blue Lobsters Have to do With Innovation? Everything!

Mills Scofield

Because the key to innovation isn’t processes, stage gates, weird exercises, or competitions. The key to innovation has been and always will be People. Innovation may be a designated job residing in a small part of the organization instead of throughout the culture.

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.

Leadership, Strategy and Innovation at the Women in Strategy Summit

Women on Business

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Five Strategies for Nonprofit Innovation


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.

Designing an AI Strategy for Superhuman Experiences

Strategy Driven

With Data , have a data strategy and focus on quality not quantity, as well as accessibility. If an organization is just starting with AI, which many are, change management strategy is very applicable. is author of Superhuman Innovation:?Transforming

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?

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.

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.

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

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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6 Omnichannel Support Strategies for Cleaning Companies

Strategy Driven

With an omnichannel strategy, a cleaning company will be able to offer customers a unified customer experience. If you are an owner of a cleaning service startup just testing the waters, an omnichannel strategy might seem like a real bear. What Exactly Is an Omnichannel Strategy?

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.…

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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


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.

4 Tips for an Effective Enterprise Mobility Strategy

Strategy Driven

Let’s take a look at the challenges workforce mobility presents and a few tips on how to implement an effective enterprise mobility strategy. Let’s take innovation, for instance. We’ve also been told that silos can stifle innovation and should be avoided at all costs.

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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

Braithwaite Innovation Group Presents the July 2015 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Bruce Harpham of Project Management Hacks shares How To Expand Your Job: The Pushing Boundaries Strategy. To get ahead and land promotions, use the pushing boundaries strategy to learn new skills and push the boundaries of your job.”

Creating the Conditions for Sustainable Innovation

Great Leadership By Dan

Here's some new research on innovation and a guest post by By Rich Wellins, Ph,D., Senior Vice President, Development Dimensions International (DDI): In the past year, innovation has risen to the top of the business agenda. is losing its innovative edge to emerging economies.

Navigating the Challenging Conversations of Strategy

Management Excellence

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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.

Three steps toward creating market-leading products

Lead on Purpose

We all know about companies … Continue reading → Innovation Leadership Product Management market leader market problems market-leading product category product innovation strategy

Three Immediate Strategies to Increase Your Influence at Work

Career Advancement

Here are three strategies that will help you increase your influence at work. Before pitching an innovative idea, ask yourself whom you need on your side. Talkback: Have you tried any of these strategies for building your influence?

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

Culture Trumps Strategy – Not | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

I thought perhaps I was misunderstanding what was being said, so I decided to Google the phrase “Culture Trumps Strategy&# and found that Stanford offered an Entrepreneurship Lecture by this title, I found several CEOs using the phrase in speeches, press releases, etc.,