Tag Archives: Innovation

The questions we ask

In my previous post, I argued that the proper definition of a problem is the most important part of any innovation initiative, in particular, crowdsourcing campaign. Inspired by the Pareto Principle, I call it the 80:20 rule of crowdsourcing: 80% … Continue reading

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How to win a war

What do you need to win a war? A few things. First, you need an army equipped with superior weapons and instilled with high spirits. Second, you need a vibrant economy capable of sustaining the hardship of continued military operations. … Continue reading

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A stranger in the room

Better decisions come from teams that include a “socially distinct newcomer” (Kellogg School of Management News, 2009) What role do external consultants play in shaping corporate innovation? Steve Blank, one of the greatest innovation thinkers of our times, seems to discount … Continue reading

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Traveling unchartered innovation waters with Innovation Charter

(An earlier version of this piece was posted last year to the HeroX blog) A few years ago, I came across an innovation survey, sponsored by Wazoku. Its results shocked me.  Full 85% of respondents to the survey–board members, senior and middle … Continue reading

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Yes, size matters. It’s just not that the bigger is always the better

Among many of Jeff Bezos’s wisdoms, his two-pizza rule is one of the most famous. It states that every internal team should be small enough that it can be fed with two pizzas–to make meetings more effective and the teams … Continue reading

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A few words about innovation and leadership

I remember reading, a few years ago, a report with inspiring title “Unleashing the power of innovation.” To get a sense of what’s going on with innovation around the world, the authors of the report approached 246 CEOs and served … Continue reading

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Investing in R&D spending

Innovation is rapidly becoming the key factor defining America’s economic growth, prosperity, and competitiveness on the world stage. It also has a profound effect on national security, as highlighted in a 2019 report composed by the Council on Foreign Relations … Continue reading

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The quotes we choose

Long time ago, a boy growing up in Russia, I came across a quote by President John F. Kennedy. It impressed me so much that I wrote it down and learned by heart. Many years later, already in the United … Continue reading

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A Case of Innovation Foreboding: 3 Things That Can Damage U.S. Innovation Long-Term

When it comes to complex things, the proverbial glass is never full; it’s only half-empty. On the other hand, the glass is never empty; it’s always half-full. The glass analogy perfectly applies to U.S. innovation. In fits and starts, the … Continue reading

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Don’t bring me eggs…Sorry, I meant problems.

It appears that the resistance to the time-tested management wisdom “Don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions” has reached a critical mass. Writing back in 2017 for Harvard Business Review, Sabina Nawaz suggested to “retire the saying” and replace this … Continue reading

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