An innovator’s perspective on the Trumpocalypse

In the wake of the recent US election, innovators from all horizons should make sure to take away a thing or two about innovation.

It’s way too soon or too late to start to be wise about the Trumpocalypse. Even if 2005 European referendum in France and Brexit were not fucking weak signals, but very much loud and clear bullhorns thank you. Well, anyway, my line of work is not in politics or sociological comments, so I’ll leave it at that. No, the thing specifically, I relentlessly want to hammer down again is about innovation. Continue reading “An innovator’s perspective on the Trumpocalypse”

Science against the mentor myth

Many myths have been generated around serial entrepreneurs, high achievers, or successful CEOs as mentors. Science says he doesn’t even need to be an entrepreneur.

Forget all your romantic ideas about what a good entrepreneurial mentor is: experienced in entrepreneurship, he/she has started several companies in his/her lifetime, has failed a couple of times and learned from it and succeeded enough time to still be active now. He has mentored several startupers so he/she knows how to transfer all that experience and entrepreneurial wisdom to the neo entrepreneur that you are. Having such a mentor will mean you will increase a hundred fold your chances of success. This is the mentor myth we share in our collective unconscious… And science says different. Continue reading “Science against the mentor myth”

How to explain innovation to your boss

I wouldn’t like to be you having to explain to my boss what is innovation, and why he’s not doing it right. But it happens that as consultants this is pretty much what we do every day. Here’s how…

For about five years now I’ve introduced most of my MBA classes on this very narrow choice: “Are you wired to solve puzzles or mysteries?” This is one of these gimmicks that you end up using when you perform in front of an audience and try to explain innovation. You catch them off guard as soon as possible and try to engage them in rewiring their brain in a certain way.  Continue reading “How to explain innovation to your boss”

Innovating with motivational fear

You may think that to innovate like an entrepreneur you need to be fearless, wrong! You’ll be much more successful when innovating with motivational fear.

In a world where we encourage would-be entrepreneurs to create their own business, to be innovative and create new markets; intrapreneurs to take risks, save the large multinationals with disruptive projects… we expect people to be fearless, to embrace risks, take leaps of faith and go into the unknown. But expecting people to be without fear is nonsense! Motivational fear is the answer. Continue reading “Innovating with motivational fear”

How to prepare for corporate incubation end of party

Five prevalent impediments push corporations away from sound partnerships with startups.

My last keynote with the FabMob program, during a private event involving selected startups and industrials at Autonomy 2016 in Paris today. The idea was to discuss how corporate incubation end of party is coming quickly to Europe, and illustrate the five most prevalent impediments that corporations have to overcome to engage further partnerships with startups. Continue reading “How to prepare for corporate incubation end of party”

Should your startup apply to a corporate incubation program?

Business medias are crazy about industrials working with startups, but we seldom discuss how should startup apply to corporate incubation programs. Shall we try to do that?

Startups have become a cheap excuse for corporations in lack of innovation strategy. It’s not even breaking news; if you’ve been in the business of guiding companies through the innovation minefield for a while, you’ve already endured several trends coming and going every three or four years. Open innovation, intrapreneurship, design thinking, now startup incubation programs. Continue reading “Should your startup apply to a corporate incubation program?”

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”