THE DISRUPTORS' BLOG

5 Barriers To Disrupting Your Own Marketplace

5 ways you are limiting your capacity for innovation

By Shelly Greenway | January 28, 2018 |

Every company wants to disrupt their market or category. But most game changers tend to be new entrants from other categories, entrepreneurs or small, regional, niche players. It is rare for established brands and companies to to truly upset the apple cart and upend their competition. Why do big companies find it so difficult to develop a new product/service or a business…

Innovation Needs Communication

By Greg Satell | January 27, 2018 |

In 2014, Thomas Royen, a retired German statistician, solved a puzzle that had stumped mathematicians for decades. Called the Gaussian correlation inequality, it involves the probability of a random point lying in overlapping shapes and is one of those seemingly simple mathematical ideas that is devilishly hard to figure out. Yet the mathematics community was…

14 Innovation Mistakes You Cannot Afford to Make

By Amnon Levav | January 26, 2018 |

Do you want to create an innovation-focused culture in your organization? Are you struggling to make it a reality? Are you tired of wondering why your team’s ideas don’t always seem to pan out as originally planned? Or do your team’s problems actually stem from the idea-generating phase? There could be countless issues standing in…

Institutionalizing Innovation is a Lot like Parenting

By Mukesh Gupta | January 25, 2018 |

Premise: I have read countless blog posts, wrote a few myself, watched videos, did innovation courses, read books on innovation, all in the quest to learn what makes innovation happen and if there is a way to institutionalise innovation. While there are people who claim that they can do so, I have come to the…

20 Things Happy People Don’t Do

By Tom Koulopoulos | January 24, 2018 |

“Try to give up one of each of these behaviors for the 20 remaining weeks of 2015 and I guarantee that you will be more successful and much happier.” Many things that we value in life are the result of accumulating stuff; experience, wealth, and education all come from adding more to what we have.…

Healthy Visionaries

By Michael Graber | January 24, 2018 |

If you want to create a high-growth company or transform a slow- or flat-growth organization into a category-dominating leader, you cannot manage this type of growth with an MBA-styled leader who wants to function like a strategic CFO by mainly cutting costs and managing profit and loss. Companies looking to lead—to either invent or reset…

Inside the Battery Race to Power The 21st Century

By Greg Satell | January 23, 2018 |

The garage startup has become as much of an American icon in the twenty first century as the automobile and the drive-in were to earlier generations. The idea that anyone with an idea can change the world is as romantic as democracy itself, but it’s not altogether true. A garage startup only works if there…

When it’s time to think inside the box

By Kevin McFarthing | January 22, 2018 |

It’s a common call – we want more innovation, disruptive innovation, new options.  We need to think outside the box. It often makes sense to think outside the box.  When the usual thinking hasn’t solved the problem, new approaches are needed.  After all, if the same people are sat at the same table trying to…

Seeking out new knowledge that flows

By Paul Hobcraft | January 22, 2018 |

I have been heavily influenced by the great work of John Hagel and Deloitte’s “Big Shift Index” as a frame to measure the forces of long-term change. What really holds my attention is “knowledge flows” and they are suggesting we are moving from a world of push to a world of pull. The world is…

Strategy Isn’t Just for the C-Suite

By Matthew E May | January 21, 2018 |

A significant portion of my strategy development work is with internal functions, a click or two below corporate and business unit strategy: marketing, human resources, purchasing, and even internal strategy groups. There is good news and bad news in this. The good news is that internal functions have recognized the need to be strategic, even…

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