The Fortress and the Ship: How to Manage Your Core Business While Seeking New Innovation

The Fortress and the Ship: How to Manage Your Core Business

In a glass-walled boardroom overlooking the Hudson River wrapping around downtown Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty in the distance, our guest lecturer flicked on one of the strangest slides I’ve seen. Juxtaposed against a sleek, modern room were two medieval paintings. One of a fortress. The other of a ship.

Owning the Age of Continuous Connection

Owning the Age of Continuous Connection

This month, Harvard Business Review featured a compelling piece – “The Age of the Continuous Connection: When You Can Interact with Your Customers 24/7 You Need a New Business Model” – by Nicolaj Siggelkow and Christian Terwiesch, co-directors of Wharton’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management. The piece inspires some exciting new strategies to stay ahead of the competition. But we think it only scratches the surface of what is possible.

What to Ignore on “Most Innovative Companies” Lists

What to Ignore on “Most Innovative Companies” Lists

The folks at Fast Company and Forbes this month released their annual “most innovative companies” lists. Like many of us, I look forward to these lists every year. By championing those companies bold enough to challenge the status quo, they inspire all of us to do something different. By sifting from masses of companies the few that we should admire and emulate, they bring clarity to our innovation efforts.

Fiction as Future: Vision, Technology and Our Accelerating Present

Fiction as Future

Everything starts with fiction. As one of the world’s top brand designers, Brian Collins, reveals, “Design is hope made visible.” Any leader ever praised or derided as visionary understands this. Leaders like Oprah Winfrey or Elon Musk define futures and marshal resources to attain them. They inspire others to belief and action.

How to Lead an Organization Through an Inflection Point

HOW TO LEAD AN ORGANIZATION THROUGH AN INFLECTION POINT

I was recently at a conference with Curt Carlson, a brilliant leader of innovation who for many years ran SRI, the research organization responsible for the invention of Apple’s Siri and many other multi-billion dollar products. The SRI story is one of an astonishing turnaround—when he took over as CEO in 1998, the organization had been losing money for years and was on the brink of having to close its doors. Worse yet, the culture he inherited was described by many as toxic.

Top 10 Trends your Chief Strategy Officer Should Be Thinking About in 2019

Top 10 Trends your Chief Strategy Officer Should Be Thinking About in 2019

The future matters. Just ask anyone, or any organization, who thinks they don’t have one. All of your greatness today – your people, products, partnerships, brands, operations, capabilities, culture, customers – will not matter for long unless they are working together, as part of a strategy, to create your future.

There is Such a Thing as a Repeatable Startup Methodology

There is Such a Thing as a Repeatable Startup Methodology

Among the many myths that corporate types have about startups (whether standalone or of the corporate variety) is that there is some kind of alchemy involved.  Sort of “Steve Jobs arrives on a clamshell and the world is changed forever!”  They think growing new businesses requires some instinctive DNA that founders are born with and that other mere mortals will never possess.