Category Archives: Governance

Four Models of Intrapreneurship Innovation

Research shows that growth fueled through organic innovation is more profitable than growth driven by acquisition, in part because the organizational capability required is vastly different. But the litmus test is...

Question to Leadership: If you had to list 3 qualities…

Our team was asked to anonymously submit questions that they wanted answered. While there are many important ones, narrowing it to the top 3 was difficult. But, here's where we landed. I share them here because I imagine they may apply to your organization as well:

Lip Service or Real Metamorphosis? How Real Innovation Happens.

When we get called into a company it is often because a very expensive innovation effort failed. One of the huge global innovation firms was called in to create a new platform and what happens next is very much like a bad action movie—you know the story. No surprises. The company received breakthrough concepts but they don’t know ...

Innovation Decision Makers – the genius or the customer?

Steve Jobs was a genius.  He transformed his industry through innovation, making the right call at the right time for the right technology in the right product.  Famously, he avoided asking customers what they wanted, because they wouldn’t understand it and it would waste time. Steve Jobs was rare.  There are very few situations where ...

A Model for Dual Corporate Innovation Management

As rightly pointed out by Tim Kastelle recently, it’s imperative to distinguish discovery from execution when it comes to startup and innovation activities – bearing in mind that both purposes are complementary and equally important. Along with the case made in my previous post, this suggests following a dual approach to balanced corporate innovation management. The main objective of dual approaches is to ...

The Case for Dual Innovation

The first time I was advocating the idea of a dual innovation approach, here also referred to as organizational ambidexterity, is now more than 5 years ago. At this time it became pretty obvious to me that this concept – academically worn-out but deficiently or not at all put into practice in most organizations – would be of increasing importance ...

Welcome to the Mid Zone of Innovation

The Mid ZoneThe Front End / Back End model was right for its time... however, fast-forward nearly a quarter century, and we find that things have changed a bit. Continue reading