Jeffrey Phillips

Digital Transformation: Focus on three underappreciated outcomes

Jeffrey Phillips

It's good that the concept of digital transformation is being talked about at senior levels in industry and in government. Digital transformation - the transition of our businesses and operations from a somewhat digitally enabled capability to a fully digital enabled capability - will change a lot about how people work, how they interact with others and the insights and offerings created. The continuing COVID-19 epidemic will in many ways simply accelerate the transition to a more digital world.

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Practicing for an emerging future

Jeffrey Phillips

I'm writing this in the stages of the corona virus outbreak in the United States where we've finally decided to take the virus and its impact seriously. While the virus may not be as deadly as some other viruses, it is clearly contagious.

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Innovation FOMO and FOMAD

Jeffrey Phillips

Today, memes enter and leave the lexicon so quickly that I almost hesitate to use newly coined words or phrases, in fear that they may have already become passe. So you can imagine my trepidation in using FOMO - the "fear of missing out" - when writing about innovation.

How supply chains and ecosystems will be shaped by the corona virus

Jeffrey Phillips

Right now the global economy is in a bit of an uproar over corona virus and its impact on people, businesses and economies.

How To Create A Movement To Drive Transformation In Your Company Or Industry

Speaker: Greg Satell

Everybody has something they’d like to change, whether it is a problem in their organization, their industry, their community or society at large. But how can you get your ideas for change to take hold beyond a small circle of likeminded people? What you need is a cascade: small groups that are loosely connected but united by a common purpose. When they synchronize their collective behavior as networks, they become immensely powerful. A business model is disrupted, an industry is remade, the preceding order is no more and the world is transformed.

Demographics is your destiny

Jeffrey Phillips

In a short break from my recurring posts on innovation building blocks (see articles on innovation bias , f inding important unsolved problems and discovery and exploration ) I was motivated to write today about demographics and destiny.

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In digital, there are opportunities both fast and slow

Jeffrey Phillips

In my class today on digital transformation I was fortunate enough to have a great guest speaker, Ramesh Latan, who helped transform Bell+Howell into a digital company. Ramesh gave a great talk and the students received it really well.

Digital transformation marks the demise of product innovation

Jeffrey Phillips

There comes a time when every phenomenon reaches its zenith, before a long fall or a sudden collapse. We like to refer to this point in the cycle as the "tipping point" - the point at which we can remain in stasis or the structures will collapse.

If it doesn't fit, it must be innovation

Jeffrey Phillips

Years ago, Johnny Cochrane convinced a jury that OJ Simpson was not guilty of murdering Nichole Simpson. While there were undoubtedly many factors that led to the acquittal, one of the biggest factors was the gloves.

The digital dilemma: putting data to work

Jeffrey Phillips

Over the history of mankind, we've constantly sought out tools and capital to make us more productive. From the formation of basic tools to assist in farming to real cultivation and shaping of the land for greater yields, humankind learned to grow food. Further research into genetics, fertilizers and pesticides enabled us to rapidly scale food production.

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As digital transformation unfolds, it pays to be a generalist

Jeffrey Phillips

I remember the hubbub surrounding Dan Pink's book A Whole New Mind , in which he stated that the future (this was back in the early 2000s) would belong to right brained people, because machines would ultimately automate anything that could be easily documented and that followed a standard process.

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

There's gold in the data - but have we learned the lessons?

Jeffrey Phillips

For some reason I can't get the song Clementine out of my head. Perhaps it's because of the line - dwelt a miner, a 49er. that keeps that song playing in my mind. We are in a significant transition.

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Why context is more important than ideas

Jeffrey Phillips

Everyone has ideas - they are like the air, everywhere and ubiquitous. People who say they don't have any ideas are merely referring to their lack of ideas about a specific issue or in a specific setting. Everyone has ideas, all the time. What they often lack is context.

Overlooked in the digital transformation: Ethical, Societal, Legal, Regulatory issues

Jeffrey Phillips

A friend and I were talking recently about the dramatic change that digital transformation will create. The potential impact on our lives is tremendous, from autonomous vehicles that whisk us to and from work, to drones that deliver goods directly to our homes or other locations, to the insights generated from data harvested by IoT devices. We can expect significant upgrades in customer experience and business models from the use of data massaged by artificial intelligence and machine learning.

The digital revolution will not be evenly distributed

Jeffrey Phillips

I'm writing today about digital transformation, and starting with two of my favorite quotes. The first, referenced in the title, is from William Gibson, the author of Neuromancer and other great sci-fi books, who wrote: "the future is here, it's just not evenly distributed".

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Don't break the rules - become flexible and agile

Jeffrey Phillips

I've read yet another good and insightful piece on success in digital transformation, which relies on an unfortunate metaphor - one about "breaking the rules".

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How to Solve 4 Common Challenges of Legacy Information Management

Speaker: Chris McLaughlin, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Product Officer, Nuxeo

After 20 years of Enterprise Content Management (ECM), businesses still face many of the same challenges with finding and managing information. Join Chris McLaughlin, CMO and CPO of Nuxeo, as he examines four common business challenges that these legacy ECM systems pose and how they can be addressed with a more modern approach.

Innovation building blocks

Jeffrey Phillips

I like music - but that does not exactly make me a good musician. Over the years I've taken lessons on the piano, tenor saxophone, bagpipes and most recently the acoustic guitar. One thing I've learned is that every competent teacher of any instrument wants you to learn and practice your scales.

Understanding the innovation options in your business

Jeffrey Phillips

I'm writing a series of blog posts to document some of the things I've learned in innovation along the way, over 15 years of leading corporate innovation work.

Every idea needs a sponsor

Jeffrey Phillips

As I noted yesterday, I'm writing a series of posts about what I've learned over the last 15 years of corporate innovation work. Yesterday I wrote about needing a "why and a how" rather than a "what" for innovation.

VUCA is a matter of perspective

Jeffrey Phillips

VUCA is the new black. Suddenly everyone has realized that sometimes the economy or markets are volatile or uncertain. If I were older and cranky I'd blame this on the millennials, not because they are millennials but because they've never lived with a stock market that goes down.

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Never Miss an Opportunity: How ISO 56000 Enables an Innovative Organization

Speaker: Peter Merrill, President, Quest Management Inc.

One of the challenges for innovators is how to integrate innovation with Quality Management (QMS) and balance the culture of creativity with execution. Join Peter Merrill as he walks us through the newly published ISO 56000 series on Innovation Management, specifically the Guidance Standard ISO 56002 that discusses how to establish an Innovation Management System (IMS). He will take you through the elements of innovation management from strategy development, through risk assessment to solution delivery.

Learning to innovate in the IoT Age

Jeffrey Phillips

Lately, many commentators are given to sweeping claims about seismic change. We are either in the 3rd or the 4th industrial revolution, depending on the commentator. It can be hard to keep up. However, where there is smoke there is often fire.

Making innovation your organizing theme

Jeffrey Phillips

In my continuing series of posts about lessons learned from corporate innovation, today I'd like to expand on the idea of innovation language, and go even further. I'd like to riff on the idea of innovation as central, organizing idea in a business rather than an occasional distraction.

Smart and connected devices change everything

Jeffrey Phillips

In my last post I wrote about a big transition in innovation that will occur in the near future - when the tipping point is reached and most innovation is focused on smart, connected devices as opposed to dumb products.

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Ideas are easy, good ideas are hard

Jeffrey Phillips

I'm writing a series of posts that examine some of my lessons learned after over 15 years of corporate innovation consulting.

Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

Culture and innovation bias - the first building block

Jeffrey Phillips

I'm writing a series of blog posts about the fundamentals of innovation success. In my previous article I wrote about the importance of fundamentals in any activity , using music and practicing scales as an analogy for understanding the fundamentals of innovation.

You need a why and a how, not a what, for innovation

Jeffrey Phillips

I'm going to start a series of blog posts about what 15 years of innovation consulting has taught me. I'm happy to say I've learned a lot about innovation in corporations, and also somewhat excited to say I'm still learning, because the pace and nature of innovation is changing so rapidly.

The music isn't in the piano

Jeffrey Phillips

I was speaking with a long time colleague and trusted branding partner, Kevin Polonofsky from Revered recently about branding and marketing. We were specifically discussing the idea of training people to do specific tasks that they did not have time to do, or had no passion to do.

Why I still get my Netflix movies in the mail

Jeffrey Phillips

I'm a movie junkie - I love movies. Old movies like Casablanca, or even new movies like John Wick 3. Can't wait to see what John Wick can survive in the third installment. I wore out a Blockbuster card back in the day when Blockbuster was a thing.

Game-Changers 911™: How to Change the Game in 2020

Speaker: John Storm, President, BrainStorm Network

Join John Storm, President of the BrainStorm Network, to learn how to identify game-changing opportunities within your company and industry, and then brainstorm ways to capitalize on these ideas. Get ready to change your game in 2020!

Book Review: What about the Future? by Fred Phillips

Jeffrey Phillips

I'm returning today to one of my favorite activities - a book review. Good books are simply too rare, and good books about topics important to innovators are unfortunately even more rare. However, I'm happy to say that I've just read a book about understanding the future that should be read by anyone interested in foresighting, forecasting or scenario planning.

Smart, fast, innovative and digital

Jeffrey Phillips

All your data are belong to us

Jeffrey Phillips

I'm riffing today on an old meme - "all your base are belong to us" - the poorly worded alert in a game that was released years ago. The message was meant to inform the player that all of his or her bases were lost to the enemy.

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Why being ambidextrous is not enough - looking ahead to 2020

Jeffrey Phillips

It's about that time of year where we begin to look back, to think about what we've accomplished and what lies ahead.

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Navigating the VUCA World With Innovation Coaching

Speaker: Janet Sernack, Founder and CEO of ImagineNation

Join the founder and CEO of ImagineNationTM, Janet Sernack, to understand how developing an innovation coaching skill set can help lead the way in supporting people through the exponential change and disruption in our VUCA world.

Data-driven or insights inspired?

Jeffrey Phillips

As the phenomenon of digital transformation continues to unfold, we need to be wary of certain absolutes that will work their way into our language, our thinking and our consciousness.

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Challenges when innovating smart, connected devices

Jeffrey Phillips

I've been struck by the importance of two rapidly converging forces - digital transformation and new product innovation.

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The conflict between digital transformation and speed

Jeffrey Phillips

Just one more post about the importance of speed and agility and I'll leave this tired trope alone. It took over 50 years for a reasonable majority of US households to obtain landline telephone service.

Customer experience is about to undergo a significant transformation

Jeffrey Phillips

I've been writing lately about the intersection of innovation and digital transformation, first because it is a very current topic and second because there are fascinating possibilities as innovation and digital transformation collide.

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Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life with Nir Eyal

Speaker: Nir Eyal

Ever get the feeling the world is full of too many distractions? Research shows the ability to stay focused is a competitive advantage, in work and in life. However, in an age of ever-increasing demands on our attention how do we stay productive and stay sane? In this webinar, Nir provides research-backed, practical advice, and memorable strategies for managing distraction and our time. Nir Eyal shares findings of his five years of research into how to master what he calls, "the skill of the century," the power to be "Indistractable."