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Innovation is Not About Ideas!

One of the fondest wishes of a CEO is to create an innovation culture. They aspire to lead a vibrant organization, capable of beating the odds of disruption by learning and adapting to a changing world. They invest in innovation competitions, hackathons, ideas schemes, and similar high-participation events. They see the flood of new ideas from employees and customers that results is evidence things are changing, that innovation is happening.

Beating the Odds of Disruption
Beating the Odds of Disruption

Large firms often struggle to prosper in the face of market disruption. Recently, many have adopted Design Thinking and ‘Lean Agile’ techniques, but have these techniques moved the needle towards building disruptive new businesses? Are incumbents any better placed to beat disruption? And, if some are, what can we learn about how they’ve succeeded where others have failed?

Bold, audacious, brave, courageous, and trailblazing are just a few of the adjectives commonly used to describe some of the most innovative corporate leaders of our time, including Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Sheryl Sandberg, and Mary...

Serendipity is one of the most powerful forces in innovation. There are so many great product ideas or sales opportunities that emerge through the power of random chance. However, COVID-19 has radically altered the workplace.

 
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Cash management has been the key focus for management teams in the past two to three months. However, as we move out of the first phase of the crisis, history shows that the smart ones will switch their focus to new sources of gro...

Andy Binns and Charles O'Reilly's article, The Three Stages of Disruptive Innovation: Idea Generation, Incubation, and Scaling was recognized by the California Management Review readers and received the best article award for 2020...

In this recent article, Change Logic Founder, Charles O'Reilly shares topical research about Narcissistic Leaders. He explains that they are essentially self-serving: “They believe they’re superior and thus not subject to the same...

The latest coronavirus outbreak has become an inflection point in corporate culture for many businesses. It is no secret that public policies focused on limited gatherings, travel restrictions, hygiene, and protecting vulnerable g...

Companies across the world are dealing with unprecedented disruption for their employees, customers, and partners due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some companies are using technology innovation to address immediate challenges which m...

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered new levels of cooperation between competitors – so called coopetition.

Coopetition is not new. Businesses already use it to solve complex problems more effectively and spur faster adoption of new...

Innovators have hyped telemedicine for decades, but doctors and insurers didn’t adopt it. Then COVID-19 happened.

 
American Well’s visit volume is up 250%. Teladoc’s visit volume doubled to 20,000/day. Doctors who refused to try t...

Walmart’s recent announcement of its new health business is a timely reminder of how large corporations can lead disruptive innovation. They gave the new unit autonomy to grow without sacrificing access to the assets of the core b...

Most organizations launch initiatives to drive growth and there are great practices available to innovate in the core business and explore new business models.  Three years ago, I met Stephen, CEO for a North American media firm....

Innovation efforts in large organizations tend to over-emphasize ideation (coming up with new ideas) at the expense of incubation (assuring the viability of an idea) and scaling (building a real business from idea). In his podcast...

by Andy Binns

Many say disruption is a game for Startups. We disagree. Corporates can be innovators by becoming ambidextrous organizations. This is a step beyond adopting Lean Startup, Design Thinking, and Business Model Canvas. It...

Not all innovation is created equal. 

Our clients find it helpful to distinguish different types of innovation to ensure they provide the appropriate support, resources and oversight to generate new sources of growth and remain suc...

“Legacy companies trying to make the transition to a new technological era must succeed at three disciplines: ideation, incubation, and scale. Everyone ideates. Every CEO spends money on innovation, and that’s great. Some companie...

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Innovation is Not About Ideas!
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