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  • 3 ways to innovate without focusing on the product

    To the man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail. To the company with a shiny new product technology, everything looks like innovation. It’s hard to break the mental bias that innovation must equal a new product. In our lives as consumers we are exposed to countless new adaptations of existing products every day, […]

    September 27, 2017

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  • Can corporations act like startups?

    In a recent Harvard Business Review article, Steve Blank — the father of customer development and of much of modern entrepreneurship’s vocabulary, as well as a great source of inspiration for our work at MaRS — explained why he thinks large corporations can’t be like startups. It’s a topic of interest to us, given how […]

    September 20, 2017

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  • How does Amazon create a culture of innovation?

    Earlier this year, Fast Company put Amazon on the top of its “Most Innovative Companies” list. The company, representing the “A” in the acronym tech investors love — “FANG” (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google) — has seen a 300% increase in its stock price over the last five years. Having started as an online bookstore […]

    July 6, 2017

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  • Corporate Enemy No. 1: Meetings

    Recently, a new Corporate Enemy No. 1 has been identified: meetings. As this article suggests—and this one, too—meetings are responsible for everything from low productivity to a glacial pace of innovation. Rather than reacting with quick, superficial fixes—like in this Dilbert cartoon—we should find better ways to solve the root drivers of unproductive meetings. Here […]

    November 14, 2016

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  • Solve problems faster using design thinking

    Consider—as this video outlines—that it took 50 years for one in four Americans to adopt electricity. It took 30 years for the same number of people to adopt radio, 18 years to adopt colour TV, 13 years to adopt mobile phones and only seven years to adopt the World Wide Web. Change is happening at […]

    November 10, 2016

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  • People innovation is key to the future workplace

    Ever since I started working, more than 25 years ago, it seems as though the message has been the same in both small and large companies alike: people are the key to an organization’s success. If that’s the case, though, why is there such an urgent need for innovation in people-based processes today? Why is it no […]

    November 9, 2016

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  • The difference between intentions and actions

    My last blog post was about creating an inspirational design target to lead to a better end-state solution and an overall larger market. Once you have a design target or character in hand, the next step is to validate your assumptions about that character. Do you actually know who they are? How they behave? And […]

    November 8, 2016

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  • It’s time to innovate innovation

    Inventing a better mousetrap—is that innovation?  New technology—is that innovation? Redesigning a process for clients—is that innovation? In the context of innovation within organizations, I think it’s time to admit that the word “innovation” is nearing the end of its lifespan. When everything is innovative, nothing is. Innovation is defined in myriad ways, but it is really […]

    October 31, 2016

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  • Think like a startup

    Lately, it seems as though an hour doesn’t pass without news of the disruption and demise of a proven, established business at the hands of a more agile, innovative startup. Thinking more like a startup and less like an established firm is the business imperative du jour. If you are a corporate leader under pressure […]

    October 28, 2016

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  • Embrace the concept of an inspirational design target

    I recently wrote an article about the four lessons I learned in the trenches of corporate innovation. In it, I write that in order to innovate you need to know what you’re doing (and why), identify your champions, embrace learning and not be afraid to ask for what’s truly needed. I want to expand a […]

    October 24, 2016

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