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Innovation Leadership Lesson: The Difference Between Google and Apple

Innovation Leadership Lesson: The Difference Between Google and Apple | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

Google and Apple - what makes for innovation and what are the lessons learned?

 

...Google could have made the decision to stay solely focused on search, but they had the foresight to move beyond the certainty of what is to pursue new opportunity by focusing on what if.


Apple on the other hand, while once the leading innovator in their space, has ceded that position to other more aggressive players like Samsung, HTC , and yes, Google.


Where Apple went wrong is they began to confuse version releases and feature improvements with innovation.  


Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Deb Nystrom, REVELN
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

How innovation wasn't, via Mike Myatt, at Apple vs. Google.  Interesting take worth a look.  ~  D

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, May 17, 2013 4:23 PM

Confusing version releases with innovation Apple?  Mike Myatt takes on "offense and defense."  And so goes the comparisons of two very different cultures and the leaders at the top.  ~  D

Ante Lauc's curator insight, May 18, 2013 2:56 AM

I would like that a new firm create their synthesis.

Denize Piccolotto Carvalho's curator insight, May 20, 2013 11:15 AM

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Innovation Creation Geniuses, Be More Like IBM & Less Like Apple? | Seek Omega

Innovation Creation Geniuses, Be More Like IBM & Less Like Apple?  | Seek Omega | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

Today’s Big Blue is the antithesis of Big Brother. It’s ‘Big Open’.  That’s why IBM — not Apple — represents the future workplace.


IBM:  Now a transparent, nimble, collaborative organization known more for listening and engaging customers than for dictating to them. While ironically, some say Apple now resembles Big Brother given their propensity for tight controls.


While Apple has been wildly successful, Fortune’s Adam Lashinsky describes as Apple’s genius led, culture of fear.


For the genius is always, as Benjamin Disraeli and later Peter Drucker predicted, succeeded by a “lieutenant of Marines” who understands the business but nothing else. So the company is only left with an innovation vacuum.


In IBM’s social business culture, the genius lies in the 400,000 employees who are free to create circumstances that enable their associates to build on each other’s ideas, fostering innovation through co-creation with its employees, suppliers, partners and customers.


Remove one genius, and there are thousands more in the network to fill the vacuum.


Deb: This is compelling. Do you agree? Meanwhile, how about those Steve Jobs dolls (Apple approved)?

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The Yin and the Yang of Corporate Innovation, Apple & Google CEO shifts in leaders

The Yin and the Yang of Corporate Innovation, Apple & Google CEO shifts in leaders | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

"Apple and Google take very different paths to innovation, but the gap between their approaches may be closing ."


The New York Times, interviews John Kao, an innovation adviser to corporations and governments — and a jazz pianist — pre-performance and talk at the pending 2012 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.


A few excerpts:

The Google model relies on rapid experimentation and data.  It takes a bottom-up approach to customers as participants and partners in product design.


The Apple model is more edited, intuitive and top-down.  Regarding market research into Apple designs, Steve Jobs' standard answer was none. “It’s not the consumers’ job to know what they want,” he would add.


From these yin/yang cultures, we have this final quote in the article:


In the months after Larry Page, the Google co-founder, took over as chief executive last April, the company eliminated a diverse collection of more than two dozen projects, a nudge toward top-down leadership.


And Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s C.E.O., will almost surely be a more bottom-up leader than Mr. Jobs.


“What we’re likely to see,” Mr. Kao says, “is Google and Apple each borrowing from the playbook of the other.”

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Innovation versus Invention > Real Innovators Sell & Ship | GSchirr

Innovation versus Invention > Real Innovators Sell & Ship | GSchirr | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

The incredible story of Xerox and the Apple MacIntosh computer illustrating the difference between invention and innovation:

 

Excerpt:    Xerox invented the Mac.

 

...Corporate Xerox was unimpressed with the Alto (computer.)  It was expensive, and who needed a personal computer anyway? “Personal computer” sounded like “personal aircraft carrier.”

 

They had made an easy-to-use computer that spoke pictures instead of numbers. Jobs saw that a cheap version of this elegant computer might be gigantically popular and hugely important.

 

Xerox saw no potential in the device so they let the Apple Engineers come in and see their wonderful invention!

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