Now's The Time to Bet on the Little Guy

Now's The Time to Bet on the Little Guy

Earlier this year,  I read something coming out of the defense industry that has a much wider application. (https://www.defensetech.org/2017/02/17/special-operations/ ) The article is entitled, “Executive to Military: Be Like SOCOM and Bet on the Little Guy,” and it raises the perennial issue of staying with the so-called tried and true vs. taking a strategic risk on a new idea or product.

IN the name of LOVE, raise your arms...

IN the name of LOVE, raise your arms...

My first visit to South Africa came in the 1970s at the height of apartheid. As a young and somewhat idealistic professor on the Semester at Sea program, when the ship docked I was shocked to see “coloured only” signage echoing the racist attitudes and policies there. As was true at every port, after the bow lines were tied off, a group of customs and government officials came on board to review all the paperwork and passports before clearing the passengers to disembark.

Le Tour de France: 5 Lessons Learned about Leadership and Innovation

Le Tour de France: 5 Lessons Learned about Leadership and Innovation

I will be the first to admit that I have watched Le Tour De France bicycle races sporadically for many years and always mildly intrigued. I mean, it’s a sporting event that lasts TWENTY-ONE DAYS! Not only that but each day is a called a “stage” and meanders through amazing scenery over a period of up to 5 hours during which I found myself looking at the castles and vineyards and of course the bystanders running alongside the cyclists in their bizarre outfits in search of their 15 minutes of televised fame.

Millennials, Motorcycles and Marketing Gibberish

Millennials, Motorcycles and Marketing Gibberish

Today I was reading about who is and who is not buying Harley-Davidson motorcycles (http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/millennials-are-wrecking-americas-most-iconic-motorcycle-brand/ar-BBEicIs?li=BBnbfcN ). The article contained the following quote about millennials from an industry market analyst:

“Disruptive” Innovation: Easier to define than “do”! Part 2 of 2

“Disruptive” Innovation: Easier to define than “do”! Part 2 of 2

In Soren Kaplan’s book, Leapfrogging, he correctly says “Here’s the issue:  Disruptive innovation isn’t how innovation works in the real world when you’re in the process of doing it – only in retrospect by storytellers.” He rightly argues that you don’t set out to be “disruptive,” you set out to make something innovative. The scale and impact of that innovation is determined in the marketplace and only history will determine if the innovation was a game-changer.

“Disruptive” Innovation: Easier to define than “do”! Part 1 of 2

“Disruptive” Innovation: Easier to define than “do”! Part 1 of 2

“Whether they're battle-tested veterans or fresh-faced newbies, entrepreneurs undergo an intense learning process when establishing and launching a business,” says a recent article in Entrepreneur magazine (Entrepreneur magazine, April 21, 2014).

WHAT YOU DO WITH WHAT YOU KNOW MATTERS: College Majors Are Not the Predictor of Entrepreneurial Success

WHAT YOU DO WITH WHAT YOU KNOW MATTERS: College Majors Are Not the Predictor of Entrepreneurial Success

This is the time of year when families all over the world await word on where their children will be going to college. It is also the time when the students are asked to think about their major fields of study. Having been though this process five times with my five children, I have some advice for parents and kids alike: It’s not what you major in that predicts your future. It’s what you do with what you know that matters!

Disruptive Simplicity - Getting Beyond the False Dichotomy of Strategic vs. Design Thinking

Disruptive Simplicity - Getting Beyond the False Dichotomy of Strategic vs. Design Thinking

As one who has been immersed in and researching innovation for three decades I have become enough of a curmudgeon to know when things rub me the wrong way.  For me, that rub comes from perspectives that are more of a barrier to innovation than an enabler.