I work with an organization whose executives struggle daily to advance a mission, achieve meaningful results that yield growth, and align its people around a shared vision. They are failing. Every day. They’re not unusual.
Posted by Gregory Weber
November 16, 2016 at 8:38 AM
Posted by Deb Westphal
October 19, 2016 at 9:15 AM
The future is exciting. For any organization to grasp its potential and their role in making a positive impact on humanity at large, they must connect as many dots as possible in and across fast-paced, hyperconnected marketplaces. Across every industry, those correlations offer the best chance to create, pursue, and assess our future with openness and optimism. They help organizations and industries to see things they might otherwise miss, helping them to position their business to thrive in an uncertain future.
Liz Ross is the CEO of Periscope, an independent, full-spectrum impact agency. She invited me to join her on the Bing stage during 2016 New York Advertising Week to take a look at look at how (and why) professionals in the marketing field must learn, unlearn, relearn if the industry is to keep up with rapidly changing global realities.
Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
– Ludwig van Beethoven
Music moves us, recalls memories, and holds a distinct feeling for each one of us. Live or recorded well, it has the power to change people. Over the course of the last century, we have advanced music in many ways like architectural acoustics and new kinds of instruments. Yet one innovation brings up a question about the tradeoff between quality and mobility.
For decades, music was recorded on vinyl or tape. These formats offered a very high level of quality. Albums and cassettes were harder to attain, harder to store, and relatively fragile. So in the late 1990s, recordings moved from tape to digital. This was an innovation that completely altered how we experience music in everyday settings. It democratized music by putting it in an efficient, inexpensive format that could be accessed and shared via countless devices. It also lowered the quality of the music – yet it has continued to gain adoption. Incremental innovations like on-demand streaming music have more than doubled in adoption year over year, while albums and cassettes are embraced primarily by ‘retro’ listeners and aficionados.
Posted by Dave Baber
August 24, 2016 at 9:30 AM
Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.
~ Leonardo da Vinci
While it may seem counterintuitive in our era of rapid technological advancement, many of our most successful current innovation case studies involve simplification. In these cases, an existing marketplace was disrupted by a group of people who reconsidered what a product or service should do, and then systematically pared it back to its most fundamental value.
This process of stripping away requires the courage to ask questions and consider alternatives to currently accepted ‘norms.’ Armed with that foundation, teams can be strategic with a creative process that is optimistic, human focused, iterative, and broadly impactful.
A Billion Dollar Case for Simplifying
Posted by Gregory Weber
August 17, 2016 at 9:30 AM
The Third Wave, which ushered in an era of realities like global hyper-connectivity, disintermediation, big data, and digitally driven collaboration, is ‘cresting’ toward another major disruption. With this incredible progress in how we break down barriers and interact have come new challenges in how we mitigate the risks that threaten that progress.
Posted by Hans Davies
August 10, 2016 at 9:30 AM
Most discussions of strong leaders read like a Who’s Who of our time – Franklin Delano Roosevelt (and his wife, Eleanor, for that matter), Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela. The impact of these brilliant and self-sacrificing individuals is not up for dispute. But in the Knowledge Age, when change is the norm and organizational transformations are common, it’s short-sighted to look only to those who have played a starring role in world affairs.
Leaders of all kinds continue to shape our future. In fact, our increasing state of hyperconnectedness and constant pursuit of innovation means that an individual focused on achieving an outcome has the necessary capacity to be the right leader for an organization undergoing a transformation.
The biosphere is the sum of all the ecosystems. It is alternatively fragile and incredibly resilient, based on the extent to which its components work in harmony. An innovation ecosystem is the sum of internal and external opportunities and challenges. It is alternatively fragile or incredibly resilient based on the extent to which its components work in harmony.
Pretty much everywhere you read, look, or listen, stories of advancement are met with reasons to think the sky is falling. Internet security is full of holes, our financial infrastructure is prone to all kinds of data breaches, AI could be “summoning the demon” – the list is long and full of worry. Rather than adding to the dystopian sandwich board messages and fear mongering, we’d like to propose an alternative.
The scale of innovation has thrust us into an era when ‘change or die’ is more than a platitude. Transformation is a constant imperative not just for Future Proofing®, but for day-to-day sustainability.
We talk a lot about innovation. A lot of people talk a lot about innovation. As we should. It’s the act of creating something new. It’s the disruption of something known to make it bigger, better, or more accessible. It’s establishing connections between things that were once disparate. But it’s also the new thing itself that illuminates possibility, solves problems, and creates markets – and market leaders.
Posted by Aaron Schulman
June 9, 2016 at 9:30 AM
We’ve been in a state of rapid change for decades. Much of what had been innovative is now ubiquitous. Just within the technology sector, some of the most impactful introductions have occurred in less than 20 years.
Consider that the Apple II “ready-to-use computer for consumers,” launched in 1977. In 1989, we got our first ‘portable’ consumer computer. The Palm Pilot put early connectivity into our hands and pockets in 1996. Common use of the Internet is traced to 2000, and our phones are only eight years “smart.”