Air, Water, Food


Of course, if there are too many crises in an organization, you will never get to Water, and that will only keep you going slightly longer than losing Air. There’s no time like the present to set goals. Here’s a framework I use for myself and those I manage or advise.

Is Facebook the Next AOL?


I am suggesting that it could if Facebook does not radically rethink its business in real time and take immediate action to course correct. Here are the three most obvious areas of overlap I see between Facebook and AOL, and how addressing them now aggressively might change the course of history for the social network that changed our lives in the last generation much as the online access ramp that carpet-bombed the nation changed it in the previous generation. I used to like AOL.


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What’s Eating Brother Elon?


What could you be doing to course correct that might give Musk reason to pay attention? Let’s start with what needs to be said before all else: I am an enormous fan of Elon Musk. I think he is quite likely the most important and visionary entrepreneur today leading the way in technology, business, and innovation. He walks in the American continuum of Edison, Disney, Gates, and Jobs. I wrote as much in a post dating back to 2014.

Who’s Really Sitting at the Top of Every Organizational Chart


Long before the debate raged on whether private offices had run their course of usefulness—and just how truly dreadful the industrial cubicle could be—company leaders were debating the “optimal” way to arrange organizational charts in the Information Age. Facebook moved into a new office complex earlier this year, which Mark Zuckerberg has described as “the largest open floor plan in the world.”

Living With Technical Debt: Balancing Quality and Perfection

Speaker: Cliff Gilley, The Clever PM

As a Product Manager, you probably have to deal with technical debt. Regularly. Whether you like it or not - because it can’t be avoided. Unexpected details pop up, as small as UX that needs clean-up, and as big as a previously unforeseen flaw in the infrastructure of a project. We have to accept that nobody gets away without some technical debt. And of course, the longer you take to deal with your technical debt, the more difficult it becomes to address fully. Feeling frustrated? Fortunately, we can take a step back, gain clarity, and see how the decisions we make impact our technical debt. Then, we can make decisions about how we want to balance technical debt with other priorities. Are we willing to live with some level of technical debt in order to ship product and meet deadlines? Can we mitigate technical debt to get to an MVP faster?

The Rage Podcast: Voices All Around Us


Of course since we are talking the immensely flawed Kimo Balthazer, we are talking a dysfunctional romance. About three years ago I published my first novel, This Is Rage. It’s been an amazing journey, including creative development and four public readings of my stage adaptation. Now we have something additionally exciting to announce: the first three episodes of a podcast adaptation.

Three Arguments Against Performance Reviews


The leader entrusted with course correction can ask a single question, and then shut up for about half an hour while listening to the answer: What did you learn from this failure? No one knows more than an employee who has failed what went wrong and how to course correct. I don’t like performance reviews. I never liked giving them, and I never liked getting them. They are like school report cards, only less well-meaning and more poorly formed.

Records So Good We Bought Them Again (and Again)


Here I am considering what I would call three-buy and above purchases for personal use, which of course live alongside AM & FM radio broadcast, satellite play, streaming services like Pandora and Spotify, and any number of less legitimate ways to file-share. I guess for me this is turning into The Year of The List! Earlier this year, inspired by a Writers Guild initiative, I catalogued a suggested collection of the Funniest Screenplays of All Time.

My Second Book


Sure, of course,” said Paul. As noted by the title, t his post is meant to announce the forthcoming release of my second book, Endless Encores. It will be published by The Story Plant on September 22, 2015 in hardcover and as an eBook. Since that is still several months off and I have at times already mentioned the book is coming, let me come back to that in a moment. I often get into the discussion of whether corporate mission statements matter.

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Dreaming and Doing


Of course not! Some people focus on dreaming. Some focus on doing. The ones who find a way to bridge the gap make change happen. Every once in a while, as Steve Jobs would say, they put a dent in the universe. Many people elicit feedback. A few of them take something away from that feedback and apply it to what they are dreaming and doing. Yet too many solicit the feedback and then bat it away, a check mark on their roadmap to convince themselves they are not building in isolation.

Elon Musk Blows My Mind


Of course you’re going to say, Well, in automobiles and rockets, people do die. I don’t know Elon Musk. I wish I did. This guy knows stuff. He’s the real deal. If there is a possible next Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, it could be him. He’s not goofing around with thin stuff that’s going to come and go. He already did consumer software engineering as his opening act as a cofounder of PayPal.

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The Leadership of Open Innovation

Speaker: Paul Sloane, Director, Destination Innovation

Paul Sloane is a well-known author and speaker on open innovation. In this session, Paul takes us through examples of successful open innovation programs to explore the breadth of what open innovation can be for organizations and the value it can bring. This was a great session you don’t want to miss.

A Very Good Year for Good Men


And of course we occasionally have runaway hits that are off the charts. I started writing for The Good Men Project in its second year of life, offering to share some of my thoughts on business, creative leadership, and management also published on my own blog. In its third year I joined the board of directors and became a strategic advisor to the CEO.

Wings: Remastered and Revisited


I also remember a few brainstorms we had after we realized what a unique product we had developed, one for a CD-ROM version with recorded spoken dialogue that of course never happened, and one for a Wings sequel that would have been set in WWII, and who knows where that would have taken us. A few decades back, before I became a software and media executive and long before I returned to writing, I wrote the “screenplay” for a succesful computer game called Wings.

How Fragile Is a Brand?


Andy Grove calls it the Strategic Inflection Point , the change in market forces that happens and you miss it, and then it’s too late to course correct. Of course we will. Apple unveiled a bunch of new products last week, including numerous options in shape, size, and price point for a fuller line of iPads. Many of these products are desirable and will make great holiday gifts, but none comes close to pioneering a new category of experience.

The 70% – Part 2


Creative destruction, you say, the natural course of things business? In the Executive Coaching Workshop I co-lead with John Vercelli for Coaches Training Institute , we discuss early in the curriculum the pervasive epidemic of Bad Boss Syndrome. It is jaw-dropping how many employees reflect on the lack of leadership and vision they receive from those who manage them, how starved they are for inspiration, and how little it takes to turn a bad day into a good day.

Blog Begets 100


I tried to get the URL for that but of course could not, so I added Radio and there you have it, a bit of nonsense referencing radio on the internet. What Google sees matters, and what Google indexes is the whole shooting match (plus good writing, of course). I have already begun discussion of a follow-up book and may bend your ear on that, and of course I want to include you in the sales and marketing journey as my first book comes to market in paperback and eBook.

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How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

Customer Disservice


” Of course he was kidding, but just saying those words aloud every morning to our trusted heroes on the front lines reminded them how important they were to our success, or how much pain they could cause if they forgot what they were there to do—help keep our customers our customers. Why do companies with big brands and tremendous momentum go out of business ?

The Last Word on This Election Year


They may appear to be separate areas of study, but our connected world of internet communication, social media, dramatic global speed, and authority transfer to communities has put words and mathematics on a collision course of unified discipline. All week I have been trying to devise a clean getaway post for the year 2012 and it has been a struggle.

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Debate Takeaways Tallied Tactfully


These candidates still have time to course correct or double down on their strides, and in the same way, an account is seldom awarded after an early high stakes encounter. I try hard in this blog to leave out my personal politics, which isn’t all that hard to do since I consider the topic of business innovation and its various threads to be about as nonpartisan a subject as there should be.

Facebook After The IPO


All the web surfer experiences is they don’t have to create another user name and password, but if they want to do that, they still have the option (this is of course a two-edged sword, noted below under privacy). I bought a small amount of Facebook in the IPO. It was a flyer. It was unscientific. It was counter-scientific. It wasn’t meant to be a life-changer either way.

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Marketing-Led Post-COVID-19 Growth Strategies

Businesses are laying off workers, shutting their doors (some permanently), and struggling to react to the radical destruction that coronavirus (COVID-19) is doing to our society and communities. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department.

The Quality Chronicles


Of course every great development company will have a final step in the process called Quality Control or Quality Assurance, but it is my sense that the QA formal group is there to be the standard-bearer for Quality and rally the company around it, putting a final go or no-go procedure in place before the world gets its hands on a product, but not accepting proxy status for an otherwise poor process. The recent “failed IPO” of BATS has to be a cautionary tale.

Online Courses to Grease the Gears of your Brain

Destination Innovation

I have now created a number of online courses to help you acquire skills in these areas. Please take a look at these courses. You can go through each course from your home or office at your own pace. The courses consist of a series of short lectures and a few exercises.

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Innovation Confidence Course

Jeffrey Phillips

That factor was "create an obstacle course for ideas". What's wrong with an obstacle course? Shouldn't the best ideas be the result of an obstacle course? And then I remembered that my father, once and always a Marine, never referred to these as obstacle courses, but "confidence courses". Ideas, by themselves, are never going to make it through an obstacle course. The first is that there is some consistency to the obstacle course.

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Acumen Academy & IDEO Human-Centered Design Course

Learn about human-centered design in this introductory course from Acumen and IDEO. Throughout the online course, you’ll be guided through a four-step process for designing breakthrough ideas to address problem-solving for real life challenges your organization may be facing.

Improve Leadership Skills Today with Supervisor Courses [Online and Offline]


In some situations, online supervisor training courses can be more cost-effective for an organization. Using online courses for learning and development can reduce the time spent on training. Online Supervisor Training Course Considerations.

5 Things University Courses Do Not Teach About Marketing


If you're a student currently in university or a working professional looking to study masters, it's time for a reality check

How Asking Works: A Crash Course in Customer Discovery Questions

Grasshopper Herder

The post How Asking Works: A Crash Course in Customer Discovery Questions appeared first on Interviewing strangers is a science as much as an art. Learning how questions actually work can give you fresh insight into the customer discovery process. Customer Development Lean Startup Generative Market Research Interview lean startup

Ideas to Impact: New Online Innovation Short Course

Tim Kastelle

We just released a short course that I made for students at The University of Queensland. As part of it, I got to interview a lot of my favourite people at UQ, and for me, their stories are the highlights of the course. It’s called Ideas to Impact – and you can check it out here. The goal is to encourage students to think more entrepreneurially.

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Three Creative Thinking Challenges

Destination Innovation

They are taken from six creative challenges included in my new course – Boost Your Personal Creativity. You can use the techniques and tips in this course to help you approach challenges in new ways and to find better and even brilliant solutions. Are you creative?

Your Innovation Confidence Course

Innovation Excellence

Rather, what we need is either 1) a clearly defined path for ideas to follow that will assess, develop and validate ideas effectively or 2) confident idea partners who are experienced in running the obstacle course. What we need is not to think of innovation as a lonely idea facing a huge set of obstacles.

Free Online Course Materials for the Business Model Canvas and Value Proposition Canvas


In the last two weeks we have been inundated with emails from teachers, lecturers and professors struggling to move their classes from an in-person environment to an online setting. Training

Free Online Course Materials for the Business Model Canvas and Value Proposition Canvas


In the last two weeks we have been inundated with emails from teachers, lecturers and professors struggling to move their classes from an in-person environment to an online setting. Training

GFi Innovation — Fall Training Course Schedule

Gregg Fraley

If you’re in the Chicago or Denver areas, check out these innovation training course offerings. Gregg Fraley Innovation (GFi) is offering three public courses in late October and early November. Click on the course title to register. This deep-dive immersive course in innovation could change the direction of your organization – or career. It’s fall and it’s time to go back to school.

Help Us Prototype our Newest Course: Testing by Strategyzer

Strategyzer Innovation

Testing by Strategyzer, our newest online course, will walk you through the process of reducing risk and uncertainty around any new business idea. We are in the midst of developing the course, and we wanted to offer you a unique opportunity to co-create the course with the makers of the Business Model Canvas and Value Proposition Design. We have a limited number of licenses for the first 300 users that take us up on our offer to beta test the course.

Now’s the perfect time to plot a course for the future

Innovation 360 Group

The post Now’s the perfect time to plot a course for the future appeared first on Innovation Consultant | Innovation 360 | Home Of Innovation.

Grading Crash Course: Green Belt + Black Belt – Stockholm

Innovation 360

Special occasion: Green Belt grading merged with Black Belt grading in a 3-day “crash course” from early mornings to evenings (boot camp) in Stockholm. The post Grading Crash Course: Green Belt + Black Belt – Stockholm appeared first on Home of Innovation. Green Belt. Purpose. Develop your strategic skills linking innovation and strategy. Mastering advanced innovation analysis. Accredited to sell the Innovation Playbook to your clients. Learn how to use InnovationIQ. Content.

What Should You Charge for Your Online Course?

Idea Champions

Good, sound advice from Thinkific on figuring out what to charge for your online course. Idea Champions

GFi Innovation Public Training Course

Gregg Fraley

Course Description: Innovation Intensive is a one day, deep dive, into fundamental and advanced concepts in innovation. This course covers a great deal of ground — even experienced innovation professionals will learn new methods, tools, and concepts. This is a compelling and informative training course. Benefits of the Innovation Intensive course: Deliberate innovation that enables organizational survival and sustained growth. Innovation Intensive .

Grading Crash Course: Green Belt + Black Belt – Washington D.C.

Innovation 360

Special occasion: Green Belt grading merged with Black Belt grading in a 3-day “crash course” from early mornings to evenings (boot camp) at a Conference center in Tysons corner, VA close to both Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan International airport. The post Grading Crash Course: Green Belt + Black Belt – Washington D.C.

THE YEAR OF LIVING CREATIVELY: Next Course Begins on Sept. 12th

Idea Champions

The Year of Living Creatively is a highly engaging, eight-week online course (September 12th -- November 7th) that helps aspiring innovators transform their bold ideas into new products, new services, new forms of expression, new businesses, and breakthrough ways of living.