Design to Grow in Scale and Flexibility

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The mental structure one brings to a business issue (or any issue for that matter) defines the solutions one sees. It can be a fruitful exercise to try on different mental thinking caps when reviewing the success and issues of ones business. David Butler, Coca-Cola’s VP of Innovation who released in March of this year the book Design To Grow: How Coca-Cola Learned to Combine Scale & Agility,...

Put in the “…ing”: Inject Value Through Experience

Joe Pine defined the Experience Economy. It all began in 1992 with the concept of Mass Customization. Now remember the world that existed in the early 90’s. The World Wide Web was still text based used by government, military and educational institutions. The Mosaic Browser had not yet been released. Email addresses were still long strings of numbers. In short, the digital world as we know...

Mindfulness in Marketing is Good Business

Increasingly we are seeing how mindfulness is playing a large role in corporations – from Ariana Huffington speaking about being present, Steve Jobs discussing meditation and Google employing a mindfulness leader within the company. As within, so without, and if we are going to be mindful with regard to ourselves, why not be mindful in our marketing practices to our customers. So believes...

Is Disciplined Innovation an Oxymoron?

Not according to Donald Sull who recently published a new book, co-authored with Kathleen Eisenhardt, Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World. A former McKinsey analyst and now a senior lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, Sull summarizes his theories in an article entitled, The Simple Rules of Disciplined Innovation. Fundamentally, he believes that innovation and creativity...

Philip Glass: Key Insights to Innovative Creation in Sound

Philip Glass spoke today with Bob Boilen of NPR’s All Songs Considered for Politics & Prose about his new book and biography, Words Without Music: A Memoir about growing up in Baltimore and his personal journey from a precocious child who listened to record after record with his brother in their father’s record store, to working multiple jobs while he wrote, to creating his breakout...

6 Essential Skills of the Extraordinary Entrepreneur

Amy Wilkinson, Author of The Creators Code: The SIX ESSENTIAL SKILLS of extraordinary entrepreneurs [sic], spoke with at the Wharton DC Innovation Summit about how, as a sociologist with a masters in business administration, decided to explore what made entrepreneurs tick. She found that there are six which she describes as “Find the Gap,” “Drive for Daylight,”...

Gayle Lemmon Shares Her Views on Innovation

Gayle Lemmon, Author of “Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield,” talks about Innovation on and off the battlefield, and what we civilians need to understand about the soldiers returning from war.