5 Reasons to Avoid Defensive Innovation Strategies

We see it in other places all the time: a football team has a great game plan, dominates through the middle of the third quarter, then moves to a “defensive” plan, where their focus shifts to protecting the ball and running down the clock. The predictable outcome is that the opponent stops the run, receives […]

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The Best Example of Innovation & Perseverance in 2013

This is exactly how you fly when you dream that you fly. —  Yves Rossy I love my job. Since I was 10 years old, I have been fascinated by finding new paths for businesses to grow and thrive. I was always the one getting into discussions with people about their businesses and their products—even as […]

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3 Keys to Successfully Crowdsourcing Innovative Ideas From Your Employees

One of the biggest trends in how enterprise organizations operate is the peer-to-peer sharing of ideas across large numbers of employees. InformationWeek recently published some research about a long-term study that showed impressive gains in internal measures (projects on time) and customer-facing results (sales associates exceeding plan). Tools such as Salesforce.com and its formation of […]

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Time and the Innovative Organization

  Human beings have long been fascinated by time. It’s very hard to see and taste; yet its effects are indisputable. Its progress is unstoppable and forward momentum irreversible. Man is working on changing his perspective both in the long term (see this link for efforts to build a clock that will run for the […]

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4 Powerful Lessons in Innovation from the Recycled Orchestra

  Please take a minute to watch this amazing video.  It’s a very moving story about how a poor community of 2,500 people living on a landfill in Paraguay spotted an opportunity to create instruments from trash.  Aside from being an incredibly inspiring story, there are some powerful lessons here about innovation and the ability […]

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5 Reasons it’s Hard to Sell Your Innovation to a Large Organization

I recently spoke to a group of entrepreneurs in Minneapolis, where I shared strategy, tips and techniques for successfully approaching large organizations with their inventions and cutting-edge breakthroughs.  The group was made up of inventors, investors, serial entrepreneurs, corporate business developers and others who support the incubation of innovation. As we were gathering, I introduced myself […]

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When Cultures Clash – 3 Keys to Keep the Value from Vanishing

The recent news of the Microsoft offer to acquire Nokia’s handset business has brought many layers of responses regarding technology, market niche and global footprint.  Very few commentators have hit on what I see as the real issue, however: culture clash.  With the button-down, northern European hardware culture of the Finns in stark contrast to the software-centric […]

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What Boat Building Can Teach Us About Business Building

I had the good fortune to travel through Cedarville, Michigan this summer and take a tour of the Great Lakes Boat Building School, the only wooden boat building school in the Midwest. Bud McIntire, their director of development, took us on a tour of their operation to give us a behind-the-scenes look at the fascinating […]

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