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Disruption - A Current Disease or the Way of Future Life?

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on Mar 23, 2015 2:02:45 PM

I wanted to depart from just focusing on innovation within this post. It is getting at me. I continue to read similar entreaties, it seems almost daily. Is this a symptom of a current malignancy or something that is going to be part of our future business lives?

We are extorted to disrupt our enterprises before someone else does. The constant threat of both known and unknown competitors could simply attack tomorrow. It is in our ‘complacency’ that we will be reduced down and lose our competitive advantages, even face extinction.

There is so much disruptive power being harnessed that we are all facing an exponentially more complex and challenging environment. Are you buying into this story of doom and fear?

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Peter Thiel’s 7 Questions for Product Innovation

Posted by Tim Woods on Jan 12, 2015 8:30:00 AM

In his book Zero to One, Peter Thiel looks at why the cleantech industry crashed, and believes that most cleantech companies failed to adequately answer one or more of seven fundamental questions about their business. Although these questions are primarily for businesses as a whole - and in particular technology startups - they are equally applicable for new product innovations. It’s worth asking if your pipeline of innovations can adequately respond to them.

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Topics: Disruption & Transformation

Are you going all digital on me?

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on Dec 5, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Well are you going all digital on me?

So there we all were, getting very comfortable in our open innovation activities, learning to collaborate and co-create outside our organizations. We had worked through some of the cultural stuff; we had established the process, practice and tools. We even had our legal teams on board, helping sort out all the conflicting positions open can mean when it comes to dividing up the IP spoils and even had our leadership tuned in, singing our praises and even (heavens forbid) getting engaged in the process.

When the world shifts, we all need too.

Then suddenly the world shifts on its axis once again, everything seems to be digital. The buzz is big data, analytics, smart mobility, and social media, with lots of talk of interconnected devices giving us the next big paradigm in innovation growth.

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Topics: Disruption & Transformation

How one of the world’s greatest newsrooms made (un)invited innovation news

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Nov 26, 2014 3:56:00 PM

“From the Desk of Robert (Bob) Mankoff” is one newsletter that I have never contemplated unsubscribing from. Unlike other attempts to keep followers devoted & amused, this digital update, meticulously pieced together by The New Yorker’s cartoon editor and now featuring a “Cartoon Lounge” too, often (if not always) addresses topics with a characteristic twist. On October 18th, things seemed to get more pragmatic as Mr. Mankoff selected a well-known idiom - “like seeing a sausage getting made” - as his theme. Don’t laugh. It’s serious business! Witnessing the work-in-progress can make the end result much less appealing. Needless to add, meat by-products are not the only sufferers here.

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Topics: Disruption & Transformation

How Citrix is Facing Up To Disruption

Posted by Haydn Shaughnessy on Aug 25, 2014 7:00:00 AM

There are good reasons why many companies face disruption. Here is one of them. A few weeks back I was with Ericsson at their Media Executive Summit in Sweden. The infrastructure and services provider supplied a piece of news that stunned me. By 2020 over 4 billion people will join the broadband Internet. They will see moving images on a handheld screen, enjoy user-friendly graphics, download apps and so on. It is incredible to think that 4 billion people have not yet accessed the mobile web (even in countries like India over 90% of the network access is still on 2G). But by 2020 many of these people will be able to view video on mobile screens and participate fully in the Internet.

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Is There a New Innovator’s Dilemma?

Posted by Haydn Shaughnessy on Aug 21, 2014 7:30:00 AM

Senior executives live by the idea of disruption. It keeps them awake at night. Nobody wants to be the next Kodak or Nokia. So the very idea of disruption risk gets the attention of decision makers. Why then is the speed of innovation not a C level discussion, every day?

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Reconciling Twin Track Innovation In the Enterprise

Posted by Haydn Shaughnessy on Jun 16, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Many organizations are experiencing rapid change around their IT departments. IT is under pressure to contribute more to the business, to adopt more agile processes, to adapt to Cloud computing, to do Big Data, to move to continuous delivery and so on. Why is this series of changes regarded as separate from innovation and the innovation platform? And what can we learn from it to inform “regular” innovation?

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Topics: Disruption & Transformation

Reducing our dependency on others innovation best practices is essential

Posted by Paul Hobcraft on May 29, 2014 8:30:00 AM

I often wonder if “best practice” is actually a hidden drug within our organizations that everyone simply craves to be taking.

Why do so many advisory organizations promote best practice? Simply because those in the organization constantly feel under pressure to demonstrate why they are falling behind or keeping ahead of their competitors. They crave knowing best practices, but tell me what really is the best practice of others achieving?

If you are behind, best practice informs you and you go into a frantic mode to try and catch up. By the time you have achieved the best practice, it is simply out of date as those practising this have most likely moved even further on.

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Topics: Disruption & Transformation

Disruptive Innovation – An opportunity for growth

Posted by Khattab Al-Ali on Mar 10, 2014 9:00:00 AM

You cannot outperform a marketplace if you adhere to its conventions.

Jean-Marie Dru, CEO TBWA

Facebook, the largest social network worldwide, still thriving and still growing, is buying Whatsapp, a startup-like SME for $19bn. What happened? With 1.2bn registered users (700 million of them active every day) Whatsapp is nowadays outperforming Facebook. It attracts nearly one million new users per day, a number Facebook cannot match. Particularly young users, the digital natives, have changed their communication patterns and have started to use alternative channels – primarily Whatsapp.

What this acquisition reveals is that the pace of change is increasingly accelerating. Market leaders are threatened by new players that disrupt their business models. Consider the progressive turnover rate of the Fortune 500 (Figure 1), and how even well established players in mature markets can nowadays lose market share in increasingly short timespan. Look at Dell and HP, who both were the leading vendors in the personal computer space – until they suddenly weren’t. Both didn’t recognize the shift in consumer demands – their traditional customer base has started to use new technologies to cope with daily tasks they traditionally have used personal computers for.

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Beyond Product v Service: The Age of the Device

Posted by Haydn Shaughnessy on Feb 5, 2014 12:42:43 PM

The giant construction services firm Bechtel has a very interesting take on what an app should be, and how enterprise apps relate to business processes. Their approach holds many lessons for companies wanting to innovate their processes but it also illuminates the growing importance of the device. In future so much business will be mediated by a device that you need a device strategy.

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