The future of loyalty is on the blockchain

By Francesco Pagano / October 19, 2020 /

We can solve the problem of loyalty: with decentralization. What does this mean exactly? The simple answer is empowering your fans. How can you do that, and have safety and freedom? We will create a decentralized ecosystem of loyalty programs. Blockchain will become the new standard for loyalty. Let’s pause on the difference between centralized…

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Flexible Development and Management Strategies: Intimately Knowing Your Team and Product Portfolio

By Angela Fairbanks angelafairbanks / June 4, 2020 /

There are few things more magical than watching a group of people come together to move toward a common goal, invest in themselves and one another, and lead innovation in their discipline. Except, maybe, being one of them. When we think about these kinds of high-performing teams, it’s easy to look at them in terms…

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Forget Your Business Plan. Create a Strategy Map.

By Soren Kaplan / February 29, 2020 /

Strategic plans become outdated the moment they’re created. Instead, create a one-page strategy map. Having run the internal strategy consulting group at HP, and then consulting to both startups and big companies like Disney, Visa, Colgate, Medtronic and others, I’ve created hundreds of strategic plans. Business strategy used to be a clear and methodical process. No more. Today’s discontinuous technologies and…

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A Sad Fact: Leaders Who Lie Can Still Be Trusted by Their Followers

By Soren Kaplan / February 18, 2020 /

Being truthful and being trustworthy aren’t the same, which poses a problem for both society and the practice of leadership itself In today’s world, it’s hard to know who to listen to and what to believe. Who’s the best Presidential candidate? Is Brexit good or bad? Which college is best for my child? Usually there’s…

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An innovation manager

What Is an Innovation Manager – And How Do You Become a Great One?

By Jesse Nieminen / February 16, 2020 /

In the last few months, I’ve had a few readers ask me how they could become an innovation manager, as well as how they could succeed in that role. So, I thought I’d give my take on what an innovation manager actually does, how to become one, and how to be good at the job.…

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Amazon’s Success Boils Down to Six Building Blocks

By Soren Kaplan / February 3, 2020 /

Replicate Amazon’s secret formula for winning big in the digital age Having run strategy and leadership development programs across the Fortune 1000 for over the past 25 years, I’ve seen lots of business models. As I highlighted in a prior article on The Future of Seamless Shopping, nothing currently parallels Amazon when it comes to innovation. Amazon’s management system is designed…

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Top 20 Innovation Articles of January 2020

By Innovation Excellence / February 2, 2020 /

Drum roll please… At the beginning of each month we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month that generated the most traffic to Innovation Excellence. We also publish a weekly Top 8 as part of our FREE email newsletter. Did your favorite make the cut? But enough delay, here are January’s twenty most…

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Don’t Make a New Year’s Resolution. Create a Start-Stop-Continue Plan Instead.

By Soren Kaplan / January 22, 2020 /

Real change requires more than just doing something new. It also involves stopping what doesn’t work and continuing what’s already working well. When I work with leaders and organizations looking to create change and innovate, I always tell them the same thing: strategy is as much about what you don’t do, as it is about what you decide to do. It’s natural to look for…

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Lean Product Development Processes For Innovation And Speed

By John Carter / January 12, 2020 /

Through our hands-on work with clients, we have developed a lean product development process. It is a methodology that depicts key milestones, but supersedes specific engineering models such as waterfall or Agile. However, we have incorporated selected practices from the agile toolkit to enhance innovation and speed products to market.  The beauty of this process…

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Mentoring Is the Secret to Innovation Say Silicon Valley’s Top VCs and Entrepreneurs

By Soren Kaplan / January 9, 2020 /

Mentoring transforms big ideas into high-impact innovations. Having worked with dozens of the Fortune 1000 companies, coached startups, and founded three companies, I can say there’s a universal truth when it comes to innovation:  big ideas are just ideas until they deliver real value to the world. That’s why just about every venture capitalist, entrepreneur, corporate innovator and university…

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