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Steve Jobs and Apple are not good benchmarks

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 13:56 -- admin

The obituaries and tributes are fulsome and quite rightly so.  Steve Jobs was an extraordinary man who built Apple into an extraordinary company.  In the best tradition of declaring interests, let me say that I am also an Apple loyalist, an iPhile.  I love the products, so my views may be slightly biased when I say that the Apple of the last 10 years is one of the most successful business stories ever.

More on Innovation Metrics

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 13:56 -- admin

I suspect the vast majority of innovation professionals would agree that measuring what you do is important.  That may well be a statement of the blindingly obvious, but the debate diverges dramatically when considering what is actually done.  Luis Solis of Imaginatik wrote a good post on Innovation Excellence clearly distinguishing between input and output metrics.  I’d like to build on Luis’ article by adding four other considerations to the debate.

Innovation - Urgent or Important?

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 13:55 -- admin

Everybody who works in business is busy.  There are deadlines, crises, urgent requests from on high, and email inboxes stuffed to bursting.  How many times do you reply “very busy” when asked how things are going?  Scheduling meetings is a diary nightmare; it’s easier to seek perfect alignment of the planets than to get eight senior people in the same room within the next month.  The personal workload and efficiency challenge is particularly acute these days.

Are you an attractive Open Innovation partner?

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 13:52 -- admin

We deal with attraction every day of our lives, sometimes with life-changing consequences, for example in our choice of life partner.  Many factors are involved – looks, intelligence, humour, wealth, or if you’re really lucky, an extraordinary combination of all four.  Attraction is important in business too, but how often do you step back and consider what makes you attractive?

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