Soren Kaplan’s April 2015 Leapfrogging Newsletter


Sustained competitive advantage comes from innovating how we innovate. The most innovative companies today realize that competitive differentiation comes as much from how they innovate as it does from what they’re innovating. 175k Innovation Prize 2015 – Deadline April 30, 2015. Global Millennial Conference 2015 – May 15, 2015, Columbus, OH. Social Innovation Summit 2015 – June 11-12, Washington, DC

Make Digital Disruption Your Biggest Competitive Advantage

Daniel Burrus

By digitally disrupting ourselves instead of passively, reactively waiting for it to happen, we can make disruption our biggest competitive advantage — leading the way for personal, business and industrial innovation instead of trying to keep up with the pack in some middling effort to survive.

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Innovation 2015 or Five Lame Excuses?

Gregg Fraley

Innovation ca feel a lot like that — your competition is a big tough impossible-to-beat player like Superman. Now is the time to impact 2015. Death or Kryptonite? From Superman Wiki.

Collaboration Is The New Competitive Advantage

Digital Tonto

In the past, we could dominate by accumulating resources and driving efficiency, but now it is agility and interoperability that rule the day. Related posts: The Future by Design. A Radical Shift. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Innovation: The New Competitive Equation

BPI Thought Leadership Media Coverage

This month, the& Busines Performance Innovation (BPI)& Network& published a report,Innovation: The New Competitive Equation. The report examines innovation strategies and roadblocks in today's enterprise.

In the future you are either a digital business or a dead business


— MITSloan Mgmt Review (@mitsmr) July 8, 2015. Today competitive advantage is fleeting. competition entrepreneurship Strategy analytics Artificial intelligence collaboration google hiring slackToday, every business is digital and it’s changing how business is done.

Tournaments: Collaboration for a Rapid Outcome


Apps for Climate Competition ” intended on bringing together the best ideas from all kinds of collaborators: Scientists, developers, social organizations. Tournaments are community driven. Tournaments are an engagement tool aimed at achieving maximum performance in: Collecting ideas.

The Innovation 'Function'


Too often, projects live and die based on internal competition or a managers’ charisma, title or other less relevant criteria. “Innovation” is often discussed in terms of the “idea” as the product and the formation of that idea as somehow unique and ineffable ….

Hackathons – 3 tips for getting started quickly


They committed fully to the effort and were rewarded with an expanded technology ecosystem, several great ideas, and valuable lessons learned in advance of the competition. It’s official: hackathons aren’t just for developers and entrepreneurs anymore.

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Why Innovation Maturity Matters


For many companies, the desire to be more innovative is driven by a strategic issue – flat-lined growth, competitive threats, industry upheaval, etc.

The Merits of Innovation in a Competitive World

Daniel Burrus

Focusing time and resources on your competition limits businesses’ innovation potential for greater success, and prevents them from being leaders in their field. Instead, it is focused on what its competition is doing, and how to either replicate or incrementally improve on those products, services and practices. To remain in this aggressive competitive cycle is to hinder the possibility of getting ahead — a business cannot ‘win’ if it solely fixates on the race.

The innovating power of ecosystems and platforms

Paul Hobcraft

It proliferates, is dynamic and constantly evolving where everyone contributes, everyone benefits in a shared ‘commons’ but within a unique entity offering sustaining competitive advantage, solving complex problems but providing individual needs and returns.

Innovators – are you thinking about Ecosystems?

Paul Hobcraft

Conditions for innovation – we need to develop the ability to ‘sense and respond’ to shifts in markets, from the competition and evaluating these changes in ‘real time’ and we will become far more reliant on data and analytics for this. Business Ecosystem Trends by Deloitte.

Our inabilities to adapt needs changing.

Paul Hobcraft

Then it becomes a mad scramble to transform ourselves, often with damaging consequences of deteriorating performance, battling more competition that are sensing our weakness, never capable of returning to those previous highs.

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Innovating: So What Is Possible?

Paul Hobcraft

Each business has a need, to grow, to add value, to beat or at least equal competition, or should do. Often we forget to frame what we want to really achieve in our innovation activity, instead we simply dive in and start innovating.

Moving towards a new innovation service model

Paul Hobcraft

We all feel the need for speed as the pace of innovation quickens, as we face shortening life cycles, greater competition and growing market pressure.

Opening up our innovation to stay relevant

Paul Hobcraft

We are forming external relationships in many different ways as this increased diversity does matter to each organization for building different competitive positions in their innovation offerings. Our whole understanding of innovation is changing; there are numerous shifts occurring.

The sharks that prey are arriving a lot earlier now

Paul Hobcraft

One that is characterized by sudden, even violent success or an event, some moments of brilliant dominance, followed by a dramatic change in conditions as others have spotted the same opportunity and you hit a rapid decline, the race to the bottom of competition constantly negating one another.

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Building the new dynamics into our capacity to innovate

Paul Hobcraft

These need to be difficult-to-imitate combinations and integrative enough to give new sources of competitive advantage to stimulate new growth and financial return. It can change your competitive position radically.

We are transcending traditional industry and product boundaries

Paul Hobcraft

New combinations can led to real competitive advantage. It seems this is the era of the digitally savvy entrepreneur.

The Whole Foods Strategy…Isn’t (Whole)

Matthew May

In other words, the real competition won’t be Whole Foods vs. Trader Joe’s, it will be Whole Foods vs. 365.

A Strategy Test: Does It Nest?

Matthew May

Immediately, I got this associate’s competitive advantage: empathic connection with customers.

Technology leads, innovation exploitation is lagging

Paul Hobcraft

Technology will require opening up the present risk mitigation process to capitalize on emerging opportunities at greater speed and higher levels of compromise, to meet that emerging opportunity ‘seen’ requiring it to be turned into commercial offering quickly, so competitive advantage can be gained.

Deeper read or quick summary? Depends on the time we have.

Paul Hobcraft

The world is entering an era in which ideas and insights come from everywhere, and crowds, clouds, collaborators, competitions, and co-creators can fundamentally help define our shared future. I recently wrote a post “ Finding knowledge and research to help you learn and adapt ”.

Gaining a Competitive Edge Through eLearning by Costa


In fact, when used in a web-based learning environment, microlearning is 22% better than long-form learning , according to a 2015 study conducted by Germany’s Dresden University of Technology. The post Gaining a Competitive Edge Through eLearning by Costa appeared first on CMOE.

Soren Kaplan’s Leapfrogging May Newsletter


2015 has so far been monumental for women. This isn’t just unjust, it threatens the future of business innovation, the economy, and global competitiveness. WomEngineering – Women matter in Operations – June 18 & 19, 2015 Chateau de Mery (Paris) France. 11th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference -10 &11 June, 2015 New York, NY. Forte MBA Women’s Leadership Conference – June 19 & 20, 2015 Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

Never Delegate Understanding

Tim Kastelle

It went on, it was sort of a brutal thing, and at the end of this period, it was a two-stage competition and sure enough we were in the second stage. And won the competition. What’s the best way to change something?

To accelerate innovation, focus on culture

Jeffrey Phillips

These ideas will have been formed by people with little innovation experience, formed in a setting with information about customer needs, competitive actions or market trends, and managed by people whose overriding goal is to get to a solution, any solution, as quickly and cleanly as possible, so that everyone can go back to doing what they ought to be doing: efficient execution of day to day operations.

Six Levels of Leadership

Innovation Excellence

It has to do with change, agility, problem-solving ability, the awareness needed to be able to adapt to an increasing complexity Continue reading → Build Capability Business Models Change Cognition Competitions Consumer Innovation Creativity Culture & Values Disruption

4 Strategies For Winning Over Innovation Naysayers


Of course the best way to hang wet blankets out to dry is to make them irrelevant in the first place—not by spending time pontificating on the innovation process itself but rather by taking bold actions to role-model real innovation that leapfrogs the market and the competition

Innovation is How We Adapt to Change

Tim Kastelle

The consequence is that even if our competitive position is solid right now, we still need to pick up the pace of change inside our organisations.

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Achieving Innovations Capability Coherence

Paul Hobcraft

So we are still seeing the majority of organizations are struggling with innovation and in the process they are losing out financially, forgoing huge opportunities in not achieving future competitive positions or radically alter their market position.

Gamifying Innovation

Innovation Excellence

Continue reading → Build Capability Creativity Innovation Uncategorized collaboration competition emc Gamification MBA Natura

5 Leadership Lessons from 2015’s Business Headlines

Adam Hartung

2015 was not short on bad decisions, nor bad outcomes. But there are 5 major leadership themes from 2015 that can help companies be better in 2016: 1 – Cost cutting, restructurings and stock buybacks do not increase company value – Dow/DuPont.

Beyond Silicon Valley: SeedStarsWorld start-ups

Innovation Excellence

Start-ups selected by SeedStarsWorld for the final competition in Geneva have pretty much energy to spare.

5 Important Points About Business Models

Tim Kastelle

That is why GroundProbe added business model #3 – competition reduced the effectiveness of business model #2. One Technology, Five Business Models. In the late 1990s, some researchers at The University of Queensland made a breakthrough.

Weekly Super-Curated Roundup, Vol. 1

Matthew May

My friend Dan Markovitz’s new book came out this week: Building the Fit Organization: Six Core Principles for Making Your Company Stronger, Faster, and More Competitive. The big news this week was obviously the Volkswagen debacle.

Branding Strategy – The Best Brand Promise EVER


Brainzooming - All Posts Branding Competitive Strategy Creativity Implementation Innovation Marketing Strategic Thinking Strategy Tools brand promise branding strategyGreat branding strategy examples abound. You just have to be on the lookout for them when they come across your path.

Debunking Disruptive Innovation – Why Disruptive Innovation is Not a Strategy


The theory of disruptive innovation can indeed be helpful for understanding how technology has played a disruptive role in shaping the business and competitive landscape. Disruptive innovation has become business’ biggest paradigm.

Role Playing the Competition

Michael Roberto

When formulating strategy, leaders should ask members of their team to role play the competition from time to time. However, companies should also consider a very different scenario when role playing the competition. Then, leaders want to challenge their teams: How would we take full advantage of that stumble by the competition? competition role plays strategy

Is Your Business Fit?

Matthew May

Take a look at the Detroit three automakers—they couldn’t sustain their performance over the long haul once they were exposed to serious foreign competition. For me, fitness is everything.

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Avoid the Iridium Moment

Destination Innovation

This would give it a strong competitive weapon against Apple and Google. Every company has to make important strategic decisions. We can see with hindsight that some decisions which looked smart at the time turned out to be dumb. Often it was because the wrong assumptions were made.

If There’s No Conflict, There’s No Innovation

Innovation Excellence

Continue reading → Competitions Innovation Strategy culture Feelings Positivity Seeing Things As They AreWith Innovation, things aren’t always what they seem. And the culprit for all this confusion is how she goes about her work.