Innovating with purposeful anger

Anger is a negative and unproductive emotion. It only makes sense to root it out of any sensible organization. Or does it really?

Many people and companies wish to innovate to survive in our fast-evolving world. Often enough the problem is how do we start, where can we get inspiration, what can drive our innovation, entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial spirit. Of course, there is not just one answer to these questions. But one angle that is not often explored is emotions. How about innovating with purposeful anger?  Continue reading “Innovating with purposeful anger”

The iPhone7 tests your innovation mindset

Because you know what the iPhone is, you probably take it for granted and see it as a mere evolution of its initial inception in 2007.

So ‘the iPhone 7 is boring’ has become a recurring mantra.

We think that the phone has evolved into a Swiss-army knife device, but is still a phone. Doing so, we try to see the future in our rear-view mirror and focus on things that we can grasp easily; such as specifications. Is the device thinner? Is it as waterproof as another one? How is the screen quality? Continue reading “The iPhone7 tests your innovation mindset”

How business scalability works

We explore in this article the 3 main ways of how business scalability works, and consider what’s wrong in Europe with startups.

Scalability is a magic word for innovators. It is what sets Amazon apart from your local retail store, Uber from a taxi company, and Apple from Asus. It is also what ultimately differentiates startups from run-of-the-mill tech ventures. But scalability is a call difficult to answer, partly –but not only– because it’s very ill-defined. Let’s try to explore some key points you should wrap your mind around if scalability matters to you. Continue reading “How business scalability works”

The keys to avoid mentoring matches hell

Three key success criteria of creating mentoring matches and how they are impacted by the various forms of matching.

So you’ve started a mentoring programme, and managed to create some mentor-mentee pairs… After a few months you notice that some pairs are ok, some others or even many others are not seeing each other regularly, or even haven’t gone passed the first meeting. It may be a sign that the match is not a good fit, but it may not only be due to conflicting personalities, your matching process may be the problem.  Continue reading “The keys to avoid mentoring matches hell”

An unexpected summer reading list for innovators

You may not think that reading about traditional Japanese arts, or architecture, could help you innovate. You’d be wrong.

I was recently asked by too many people to produce a reading list for this summer to really be able to refuse gracefully. Now, this is not a simple matter. To some extent, my straightforward answer would be: read everything about innovation that has been published in these last 20 years, that is not purely redundant, and then… forget it all. Continue reading “An unexpected summer reading list for innovators”

The rationality of approximation

We all think that we are rational beings, but what if you shouldn’t be? Or more precisely, what if you shouldn’t share the same rationality as overs?

The innovation playfield is constantly flooded with vague concepts, buzzwords or ill-defined theories. In the end, we all start to use the same interchangeable lingo and shout instructions to our teams, or our customers, that we do not comprehend anymore. Such a key instruction that you’ll find in any innovation book is: be agile. Depending on where you read it, it will be wrapped differently. Accept risk. Keep it lean. Embrace risk. Leverage serendipity. Focus on effectuation. Be opportunistic. Pivot when necessary. Move fast, break things. Continue reading “The rationality of approximation”