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Is Your Mind Too Cluttered?

Physical clutter is visible; mental chaos is not. In this video, Thinker of the Month Kriti Jain proposes that we start thinking of our mind as a wallet. Find out what she means in this video.

just ask

Unless you ask inconvenient questions, chances are you might get stuck in status quo, at the expense of growth and development The world around us needs to undergo radical changes from time to time. Why? As a society, we get extremely comfortable — and rather quickly...

Change Your Environment, Change Your Results

Benjamin Hardy went from living in his cousin’s house, playing World of Warcraft for 15 hours a day, with no future plans, to happily married, adopting three foster children, becoming the number one writer on Medium, and landing a $300,000 book deal. But how? What...

Innovation Challenges

Before you set off on your innovation journey ask yourself the following questions: One:  Could it be simpler? Says Navi Radjou: “In the West we have a tendency to make things complex. Why make things simpler when you can make it complex? That is the philosophy. So, I...

Liberating Innovation

The best book on innovation? There are, of course, a great many to choose from. The bookshelves groan under the weight of innovative wisdom.  Among our own favorites is the large, rambling and gushingly anecdotal, Liberation Management, a sprawling compendium of Tom...

The Next Innovation

Where is the next great idea to shape and change your business likely to come from?  Well, perhaps not from your R&D department; perhaps not from within your own company; perhaps not from your own country.  The next innovation to impact on you and your...

How To Create A Culture Of Innovation Beyond The Sticky Note

Corporate leaders often talk about creating a "culture of innovation" within their companies. When having these conversations, they often act as if organizational culture is some mythical creature that comes down from the mountain to greet the people. Most leaders are...

Why R&D Spending Is Not A Measure Of Innovation

When it comes to R&D spending, corporate leaders often want to know what others are doing. How much are other companies in different industries spending on R&D? Leaders want to know the level of spending in absolute terms (i.e. total expenditure), and also as...

Innovation Is About Making Progress, Not Running Experiments

In my experience, there are plenty of innovation and startup teams that feel stuck. Despite using lean startup tools, they feel like they are running around in circles and making no progress. It seems as though they have forgotten why they started using lean startup...

Leading Innovation

In the past, a CEO’s view of innovation was often limited to the budget allocated to the company’s R&D division. R&D was a distant organizational specter, somehow beyond the conventional reach or understanding of the company’s leaders. Now, with innovation...

Innovation Accounting: The Right Question At The Right Time

For many people, the term “innovation accounting” appears to be contradictory. You have “innovation,” which is typically associated with future-focused creativity. Then, there’s the practicality, logical thinking, and stability that traditionally define “accounting.”...

Innovation Is Management

Every entrepreneur wants to be Steve Jobs. But the Steve Jobs they want to be is the Steve Jobs on stage presenting the new iPhone at an Apple event. Not many entrepreneurs want to learn how to be Steve Jobs the day-to-day innovation grind. Innovators in large...

Five Principles for Building Corporate Innovation Ecosystems

It is undeniable that the world around us is changing. Technology and software have transformed large parts of business; and continues to do so in more and more dramatic ways. Corporate leadership would have to be in a special kind of denial to not see how these...

Getting Lucky

Matt Kingdon, the cofounder of the innovation consulting firm ?What If!, has spent the past 20 years on the front lines of innovation, bringing new products and services to market and helping organizations, including the likes of Unilever, PepsiCo, Google, and Virgin...

Eight Ways To Transform Your Company’s Innovation Culture

With the world changing rapidly most corporate executives are starting to feel the pressure. There is a realization that beyond cost-cutting and operational efficiency, companies must also invest in developing their innovation pipeline. At the beginning, corporate...

Innovation is a Team Game

One of the most inspirational thinkers about innovation over recent decades is Vijay Govindarajan, known as VG.  He is a professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and received the 2011 Thinkers50 Breakthrough Idea Award for his idea for designing...

Hard Rehn

One of the most insightful and entertaining thinkers on innovation is the Finnish academic Alf Rehn.  For the past five years, Rehn’s work has focused specifically on why organizations (institutions and even entire societies) that believe they have a grasp of what...

Are You a Smart or Wise Innovator?

In September 2017, Juicero, a Silicon Valley startup, went belly up. Juicero had raised $120 million in VC money to develop a $400 Wi-Fi-enabled “smart” juice machine, that turned out to be as effective as squeezing a juice box with your own two hands! A month later,...

Opening Up Innovation

Thomas Edison set the template for corporate innovation in the twentieth century.  Basically, you gathered together resources – people and technology – and cut them off from the rest of the organization. So there was no distraction from coming up with brilliant ideas....

Funding Innovation

My friend Dan Levitan, highly successful venture capitalist and managing partner of Maveron, gives us a 101 course in venture capitalism. Accompanying Written Blog Marshall's Complete Video Blogs

Razor Sharp Innovation

One of the most influential ideas in the innovation world of recent years is that of the innovator’s dilemma, the title of a 1997 book by Clay Christensen.  When we met Christensen in his Harvard office we asked him to explain the concept.  “So the dilemma is that...

Time Out

“Innovation, as a bottom-up activity, is about trying to do things that go beyond our job description. By definition, it is about taking time away from what we are officially being paid to do, in order to try something that offers uncertain pay-offs, at some time in...

The Business Portfolio Map

We have prototyped a new tool called the Business Portfolio Map. The aim: to help organizations understand if the business is prepared for the future or risks disruption. The Business Portfolio Map visualizes a company’s entire portfolio of business models on a single...

The Latest Podcasts

Thinkers50 Podcast: Alf Rehn and Innovation

Des Dearlove talks with Alf Rehn about innovation and the European Business Forum. In this podcast, Alf Rehn discusses how we can leverage innovation to solve real world problems over how to be the next Apple. Listen to the podcast below: In this podcast: How the...

Thinkers50 Podcast: Soren Kaplan and the Invisible Advantage

For this podcast, Stuart Crainer interviews Soren Kaplan, author of The Invisible Advantage: How to Create a Culture of Innovation and the bestseller Leapfrogging. Soren talks about how there is no competitive advantage that's sustainable; the only semi-sustainable...

Thinkers50 Podcast: Henry Chesbrough

For this Thinkers50 podcast, Stuart Crainer interviews Henry Chesbrough, the author of Open Innovation and Adjunct Professor at the Haas School of Business, at the University of California, Berkeley. Listen to the podcast below: In this podcast: How Open Innovation...

Thinkers50 Podcast: David Burkus’s Big Idea

Our special guest for this week's Thinkers50 podcast is one of the 2016 Thinkers50 Radar thinkers, David Burkus. David Burkus is the author of The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies Generate Great Ideas and the new book Under New Management:...

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A Conversation with Ayse Birsel and Marshall Goldsmith

Marshall Goldsmith talks with top designer Ayse Birsel about designing your life. How can you apply the design process to your life? Whether you're young or old, you can design your life to be one you love! Watch the video blog

Alf Rehn’s Big Idea

Alf Rehn, the Chair of Management and Organization at the Abo Akademi University, discusses the nomenclature that revolves around "innovation" and how it might be changing the way we view it. Every minute change or improvement to a product or brand is called an...

Are You a Smart or Wise Innovator?

In September 2017, Juicero, a Silicon Valley startup, went belly up. Juicero had raised $120 million in VC money to develop a $400 Wi-Fi-enabled “smart” juice machine, that turned out to be as effective as squeezing a juice box with your own two hands! A month later,...

Arrowing In On Innovation

Among the organizations with the freshest takes on innovation is the London-based Bow & Arrow (www.bowandarrow.com).  It positions itself as a “growth consultancy” and its founders are Ben Slater and Natasha Chetiyawardana.  Slater was working in New York – where...

Bright Ideas

Sometimes it helps to be mad.  Most great ideas have been laughed at.  And, truth to tell, sometimes inventors become a little carried away at the possibilities – Jacob Schick, inventor of the electric razor, believed that by shaving correctly every day, a man could...

Celebrate Failure as Learning

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6-647mxkTo When you try something and it doesn't work out, you need to see it as a learning experience! Soren’s Complete Video Blogs

Innovation Is About Making Progress, Not Running Experiments

In my experience, there are plenty of innovation and startup teams that feel stuck. Despite using lean startup tools, they feel like they are running around in circles and making no progress. It seems as though they have forgotten why they started using lean startup...

Leading Innovation

In the past, a CEO’s view of innovation was often limited to the budget allocated to the company’s R&D division. R&D was a distant organizational specter, somehow beyond the conventional reach or understanding of the company’s leaders. Now, with innovation...

Featured Innovation Thinkers

Kriti Jain

Kriti Jain

Cutting-edge thinker about Innovation Culture.
Soren Kaplan

Soren Kaplan

Known for his work in Disruptive Innovation

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