“Decouple” the Value Chain to Drive Digital Disruption

“Decoupling” the value chain is the next big strategy for digital innovation and business models Digital disruption isn’t just about the internet or mobile technology. It’s about the digitally-driven business models that forever transform business as usual no matter what you’re doing. I recently had a chance to connect with Harvard Business School professor, Thales…

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The Packaging Industry is Massive, and It’s About to Be Disrupted

Technology isn’t just for creating new products and services. Disruptive technologies are transforming the packaging that comes with just about everything we buy. Imagine a day when you receive an alert from your refrigerator as you walk past 7-11 because the carton of milk at your home just expired. Or a day when you receive…

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The Travel & Hospitality Industry is Being Disrupted, Again.

Airbnb disrupted hotels. Now big travel and hospitality companies are going after the next disruptive innovation themselves before getting blindsided yet again. If you’ve followed my Inc.com column, you know I work with both big companies and start-ups around the world. My research, consulting and speaking give me a glimpse into the fledgling trends and upstarts that will one day…

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Serious About Your Social Mission? Innovate It.

A “lean” approach amplifies both profits and purpose. Corporate philanthropy. Benefit corporations. Nonprofits and non-governmental organizations. Doing well while doing good seems to be all the rage these days. Sounds ideal. But, if we are truly intent on achieving both, we need to start taking social impact just as seriously. Mission-driven organizations have an equal…

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Manufacturing Isn’t Dead, It’s Just Transforming Before Our Eyes

Large scale 3D printing farms will create the next industrial revolution   When it comes to business and the economy, there’s constant buzz about Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook. There’s also been lots of attention lately on middle America and the loss of manufacturing jobs. At times these topics seem at odds – the new high-tech guard disrupting the old,…

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Innovation Comes With Messiness. Here’s How to Manage It

Every bold innovation involves messiness. The Chief Product Officer at Adobe reveals how to use it to succeed. In my work advising and consulting to some of the world’s most innovative companies, I see the best of the best practices for managing innovation. I also get a behind-the-scenes view of what really goes on during the innovation process itself–and…

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How to Cut Costs and Still Be Innovative

The best innovations reduce costs while adding value at the same time. With all the hype these days around the impending disruptions on the horizon such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and the like, it’s natural to assume that breakthrough innovation requires breakthrough technology. And if you consider the mind-boggling burn rates of recent innovation…

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Disruptive Innovation is about to hit the Management Consulting Industry, Hard.

The Management Consulting Industry is Booming, and it’s about to be Disrupted. This article originally appeared in Inc Magazine and later on upBOARD. Management consulting is a $250 billion industry. It’s big. It’s growing. It’s highly profitable. And it’s about to be disrupted. Whether the focus is strategy, operations, tax, finance, HR, or IT, business…

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Fast Cycle Time & Lean Start-up Idea Testing for Innovation

Lean Start-Up. Rapid Iteration. Fast Cycle Times. Moving faster and cheaper when creating new products and services ideas is the name of the innovation game.  Here’s how to do it like never before.   A few weeks ago, Jeff Bezos voiced a dirty little secret about disruptive innovation: it’s not just about creating groundbreaking new…

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5 Business Model Strategies & Tools for Digital Innovation

Disrupt or be Disrupted… Here are Five Business Model Strategies & Tools for Digital Innovation   At some point every industry and every organization will face disruption. From retailers like Blockbuster and Borders Books to tech giants like Nokia and Blackberry, seemingly untouchable brands have been caught off guard by rapidly changing business landscapes. Your…

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