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Why smart leaders are building innovation maturity NOW!

In the middle of any crisis, the leadership dilemma is always how to continue shaping the future while balancing the short-term need to navigate the current storm. The crash of 2008 was the last catalyst for step-change. Although it can’t be compared in the same light, we think the current COVID-19 pandemic will be the […]

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On the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, does your company have what it takes for a moonshot?

Fifty years ago today, on July 20th 1969 the first two humans, Neil Armstrong and Edward Eugene ‘Buzz’ Aldrin, landed on the Moon. All while the third member of the Apollo 11 mission, Michael Collins was orbiting the Moon in the command module. This huge achievement was made possible by a team of more than […]

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Slicing and Dicing Innovation Vehicles

In this current global market, large corporate companies have seen first-hand their industries disrupted by innovative startups. Startups that bring new technology to their clients and offer customers something novel to an already existing need. For established corporates to stay ahead, they need to allow for disruptive innovation to happen internally. Allowing entrepreneurial, accelerated corporate […]

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Defensive vs. Progressive transformations

Most corporations in need of transformation are complex organizations. This complexity was built in decades of focusing on optimizing the core business. With complexity people tend to lose sight of the big picture and become specialized. Hence the problem they see in front of them looks like the most important and urgent, while everything else […]

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Experiment Velocity vs. Learning Velocity

I was partially wrong promoting ‘experiment velocity’ as an important Innovation Accounting KPI. I’m gonna tell you why and what’s the fix. But first let me briefly tell you how I initially concluded that ‘experiment velocity’ was the Innovation Accounting KPI to rule them all. Financial KPIs should not be used to measure new businesses. […]

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Are you Aiming to Manage Change?

Before the COVID-19 lockdown, less than 1% of health consultations took place over a video link. Now video/internet and phone consultations are seen as the primary method of contact in the first instance between doctors and patients. In the past few weeks, we’ve seen public buildings repurposed as field hospitals, and factories retooling to produce […]

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Are you Aiming for Innovation Leadership?

Are you ready to lead an innovation-centric organisation? Now don’t tell me that you are in a position of leadership so you must be! That’s a bit like saying you got a certificate for twenty-five meters doggy paddle in school and are therefore ready to swim the channel. Leading for innovation isn’t merely a question […]

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Innovation Maturity; Stop Guessing, Start Measuring!

“Creativity without measurement is akin to chaos” [1] Please don’t take our word for it; this is a time when statistics can reveal far more than we perhaps want to admit. So let’s open by examining a few key facts, starting with a look at how innovation creativity, or the lack of it, impacts organisations […]

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Unleashing Leadership Curiosity

How do you see your leadership role? Are you a numbers person or a detail devil, a blue-sky thinker, an enabler or a controller? Depending on your answer, we may need to have a quick leadership refresh. In the meantime, let’s have a quick chat about the sort of leader you need to be if […]

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Aiming for a Future-Fit Strategy

The idea of successful innovation requiring a defined strategy is a concept which I introduced in a recent article ‘Why we need to AIM for innovation-led solutions.’ Sadly, it seems as though too many organisations are still seeing innovation as a bi-product or add-on rather than a driver of future success. A McKinsey survey from […]

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