Category Archives: Nokia

An Iridium Moment is a Strategic Blunder that can Kill your Company

An Iridium Moment is a Strategic Blunder that can Kill your CompanyIsmail defines an Iridium Moment as using linear tools and trends of the past to wrongly predict an accelerating future. Every company has to make important strategic decisions. We can see with hindsight that some decisions which looked smart at the time turned out to be dumb. Often it was because the wrong assumptions were made. Continue reading

Six Essentials to Cultivating an Innovation Culture

Six Essentials to Cultivating an Innovation CultureA decade ago, I was invited to coach a group of Nokia’s fast-rising superstars. Thirty-five “high potential” managers flew in to Palo Alto, California to network, sample local wines, and focus on innovation. At the time, Nokia seemed unstoppable. Growth was in the double digits. “The company sells five phones every second,” gushed Fast Company in a profile. Continue reading