I’ve always been fascinated by the failures of genius. Consider Bob Dylan. How did the same songwriter who produced Blood on the Tracks and Blonde on Blonde also conclude that Down in the Groove was worthy of release? Or what about Steve Jobs: What did he possibly see in the hockey puck mouse? How could Bono not realize that Spiderman was a disaster? And why have so many of my favorite novelists produced so many middling works?
With this morning’s announcement that Kodak would seek bankruptcy protection, I reflected back on how and why it reached this point. In my opinion, Kodak fell into the same trap that most large, successful and once highly innovative companies get into – how to keep the innovation engine working over the life of the company. So what are the 3 mistakes that Kodak made?
The recent Stoos gathering identified diversity as one of the pillars of the organization of the future. Why?
It’s an appropriate question to ask on the holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. at a time when the country has come a long way towards becoming color blind and realizing his dream that his “four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
People think innovation is almost just about new ideas. Funny how many think Blue Ocean Strategy is a big wake-up call when all it does is communicating the very the basic and simple idea of strategic innovation – how not to compete with your competitors in the same game and instead create a new game.
The winds of change may be unpredictable, but forecasts are improving. New partnerships between energy companies and government agencies are helping to predict wind speeds far enough in advance to save energy companies billions of dollars.
According to Vincent Toepoel: “In my experience, the financial plan will be easily accepted. But rolling it out within the organisation and the social aspect that comes with that, is more often than not a great barrier to managers. [There is no reason for that, because] the execution of an Open Innovation project is something that gives a lot of satisfaction to all participants.”
Small traditional businesses? They’re already ‘inside’ the startup world, aren’t they? No. They typically know nothing about such things as Lean Startup, Startup Weekend or Y Combinator, and even when they do, they think it has nothing to do with them. Are they right?
You’ve probably heard by now that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has opened the first application round for new generic top-level domain names (gTLDs). What this means is that your organization can apply for virtually any domain name extension.
Goldfish are probably one of the easiest pets to keep. All you need to do is feed them and change the water once in a while. But the problem is that everybody knows this, so the people who are the worst at keeping pets ending up getting goldfish. The result: face up floating fish get flushed frequently. That’s f’ed up.
When conceptualizing a new idea, it is essential to direct the thinking to specific dimensions and search answers to certain questions to help evolve the idea from the initial thought through the various stages of innovation.
The new sixth-generation nanos have a different form factor with different docking requirements. Sound courses out of speakers located at either end of the 147 x 48 mm (5.8 x 1.9 inch) device, while a little set of legs on the back keep it from rolling away. One of the companies responding to that change is Singapore’s Gavio, which recently launched a speaker dock designed specifically for the current incarnation of the nano.
How can you tell when there is an opportunity for business model innovation?
Recent events in higher education might give us a good indication.
There are a few issues in university education these days. The main one is that education is information based, and over the past 20 years we have seen nearly every single business model based on control of scarce information get disrupted. This has played out dramatically in the U.S.A. recently with the battle over SOPA/PIPA.
For the rich West and North, the copyright and patent monopolies are a moral nuisance and an impediment to progress, argues this anonymous guest contributor. For the third world, however, the practices are neocolonial and a matter of sovereignty and life and death. These reasons are often much stronger than the right to create.
A year ago, I was drawing innovation lessons from Bollore’s BlueCar winning the contract to run the Autolib’ scheme of the city of Paris. In 2011, the scheme was implemented: pick-up/drop-off stations were created throughout the city with their visible electric car chargers, vehicles were delivered. Autolib’ has now been live for a couple of months, and yesterday, at the very last moment of 2011, I gave it a try. It worked brilliantly.
There are some interesting lessons for innovators from the White House’s approach to the State of the Union address airing tonight.
This administration practices deep listening better than many innovators, and they will be doing more of it in a variety of ways following tonight’s speech. Imagine if similar opportunities were afforded to your customers to give you insight and advice on how to improve your product or service.
The dirty little secret about energy-efficient architecture is that it requires a whole lot of work. You can build what seems like the greenest house in the world, but it won’t live up to its potential if you don’t manage the sun screens and adjust the thermostat and religiously flip off the lights. So SCI-Arc and Caltech want to make things as easy as possible: They’ve developed a net-zero solar home that you control by waving your hands.
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