Digital is not a trend!

Tiago Félix da Silva Lopes is a brilliant and enthusiastic Digital Director at Portugal Telecom. Discover his experience, and the single digital unit he created. Learn how digital transformation unfolds as a continuous cycle of initiatives, rather than a project with an end. Continue reading

Six Levers for Solving the Corporate Innovation Problem™ – Part 1

Six Levers for Solving the Corporate Innovation Problem™ – Part 1Despite large and growing investments in innovation, results remain disappointing. We call this "The corporate innovation problem”, and in a 3-part article series, we dig deeper into this problem and find that there are actually two root causes for it. We focus on one of the root causes – the “system problem” – and work out six levers of improvement. Continue reading

30 Academic Resources on Learning – for Educators and Innovators

30 Academic Resources on Learning - for Educators and Innovators - Innovation ExcellenceMany of us read blogs about learning and discuss the learning process with our colleagues, but few of us actually bother keeping up with the latest science. Maybe it’s because, if we do manage to identify a source or two, we are immediately turned off by all the dense scientific jargon. Or maybe it’s not always clear which resources provide information specifically on learning and not just education in general. Continue reading

Outmaneuver: Out Think, Don’t OutSpend

OutmaneuverLook at any industry, in any market, and you’ll find the same strategy playing out everywhere. Companies compete with one another in a mindless race to the bottom, matching products and services feature for feature, competing primarily on price. This commoditizes markets and drives down prices and margins. But ultimately, no one wins—not even the consumer--as quality, service and differentiation suffer. We call this senseless strategy “Attrition Competition”, and it is derived from prevailing military strategy, which seeks to overwhelm competitors.

However, there is another way: maneuver strategy.

Maneuver strategy has been used by the military since King Leonidas and Genghis Khan, yet businesses all too often neglect it. In OUTMANEUVER the authors examine how maneuver strategies, based on speed, agility, insight, and innovation win the most in any market at the least possible cost, for companies of any size, in any industry.

  • Unlike attrition, maneuver never seeks to attack an incumbent in head-to-head competition. Instead, maneuver uses reconnaissance and insights to identify weaknesses and uses three strategies to attack those vulnerabilities:
  • Preemption: taking a valuable, unoccupied space before competitors are aware the space exists.
  • Dislocation: attacking an incumbent in a way that forces the opponent to fight with less than its full capabilities and on the attacker’s terms, causing the opponent to vacate part or all of a valuable position.
  • Disruption: upsetting an opponent’s detailed scheduling or planning, distracting an opponent from efficient execution, delaying a timely launch, creating confusion or havoc in an opponent’s capabilities.

OUTMANEUVER details a combination of military and business case studies to identify the relevant points of the strategy. Companies such as Zara, Tesla and Netflix have proven successful in the sea of sameness. Military tactics from the Civil War through the wars being fought in Afghanistan and Iraq today are identified to exemplify the strategy as well.

As the pace of change accelerates, as speed and agility become more important than size and strength, as new entrants disrupt existing markets, attrition strategy seems outdated.

OUTMANEUVER details this overlooked methodology; its focus on speed, agility, and innovation is the right strategy for the new emerging markets and companies of any size.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

JEFFREY PHILLIPS leads OVO Innovation, an innovation consulting company in Raleigh, North Carolina. Jeffrey has led strategy and innovation projects in a number of industries including pharmaceutical, high tech, financial services, insurance and medical products. He is the author of three books, including Relentless Innovation, and writes the popular Innovate on Purpose blog.

ALEX VERJOVSKY brings over twenty years’ experience in the consulting and technology sectors as both a consultant and entrepreneur. His most recent company, Castor Fields SAPI, reached over twelve billion dollars in sales. Prior to Castor Fields, Alex founded BioFuel Alternatives, a pioneer in the biodiesel market. Alex is a graduate of Columbia Business School.

 

Top 20 Innovation Articles of April 2016

Top 20 Innovation Articles of April 2016Drum 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 10 as part of our free Innovation Excellence Weekly magazine and email newsletter. Did your favorite make the cut? Continue reading

Strategy is a Living Organism But Culture Will Outlive Its Creators

Strategy is a Living Organism But Culture Will Outlive Its CreatorsOrganizations invest a vast amount of time and energy creating defined strategies for innovation. This could be anything from new business models to new products to new ways of interacting with customers. Ultimately, what is often overlooked is that the culture of the organisation will determine whether the strategy is successfully implemented. In short, culture outlives the people that create the strategy. This is where the saying culture eats strategy for breakfast comes from. Continue reading

Researchers generate clean energy using bacteria-powered solar panel

Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 8.36.58 AMFrom the BlueBook of Nanotechnology:

Researchers have taken the next step in the evolution of bacteria-powered energy.

For the first time ever, researchers connected nine biological-solar (bio-solar) cells into a bio-solar panel. Then they continuously produced electricity from the panel and generated the most wattage of any existing small-scale bio-solar cells – 5.59 microwatts.

“Once a functional bio-solar panel becomes available, it could become a permanent power source for supplying long-term power for small, wireless telemetry systems as well as wireless sensors used at remote sites where frequent battery replacement is impractical,” said Seokheun “Sean” Choi, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in Binghamton University’s Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, and co-author of the paper.

Read more on the findings here.

by hellofuture llc