Start with what you know

Many innovators and strategists are obsessed with predicting how the world will change in the future, and then they then try and develop new products and business models to fit this “new hypothetical world”. As Jeff Bezos describes, it can be even more valuable to figure out what will not change in the future.

Start-up Lessons (Yes, Really) From Reality TV

The Real Housewives is not exactly part of an entrepreneur’s business toolkit. (But if you’re going to watch, you might as well learn from others’ drama!) Courtesy Company I know, I know…I KNOW! If it don’t make dollars, it don’t make sense. And I’m the first one to agree that wasting time on silly stuff…

Brain Storming – Everything Is Allowed

Every day I list at least ten items. I like to practice my idea muscle. Even if its my stupid idea muscle. They might be business ideas. Thoughts about the revolution. Book ideas. Ideas on how to improve my life. Or blog post ideas. Ideas on who I should be connecting with. And so on….

Why You Want the New iPad So Badly

For a certain breed of consumers, the arrival of Apple’s third-generation iPad is an occasion of  monomaniacal focus and intense anticipation. Visions of how the shiny new gadget  will revolutionize their lives fill their heads. They’re willing to sacrifice  hours waiting in line and hard-earned cash that they can ill afford to spare,  all to…

Why Weird is Wonderful (and Bankable)

Weird is wonderful. And it’s bankable too! You know who’s weird? Astronauts. Saints. Nobel Prize winners. Scientists. People with hobbies you’ve never heard of or are afraid to try. People who speak their minds. People with both problems and (gasp) solutions. People who are (enviably) not like you. Being weird means being noticeably different. It means…

How To Be More Interesting (In 10 Simple Steps)

How to be interesting (in 10 stupid-simple steps): 1.Go exploring. Explore ideas, places, and opinions. The inside of the echo chamber is where all the boring people hang out. 2. Share what you discover. And be generous when you do. Not everybody went exploring with you. Let them live vicariously through your adventures. 3. Do…

4 Traits of Great Leaders

Four easy-to-master traits from great leaders such as John F. Kennedy, Sam Budnyk, and Gene Kranz. It is often said that hindsight is 20/20. By looking to the past we can learn how better to adapt and achieve in the future. By learning from lessons of old we can accomplish great things if we only…

Imagine There’s No Excel

With the rise of analytics and Big Data, replacements for Excel are proliferating and CFOs of companies large and small are beginning to pay attention. Even the people selling business analytics (BA), business intelligence (BI), and financial planning and analysis (FP&A) software — jobs traditionally performed through Excel — sing Excel’s praises. And why not?…

The Case for a Four-Day Work Week

You can cut your work week by a day while boosting company morale exponentially. Here are 6 good reasons to try it. After living within the confines of a four-day work week during the past four months at Slingshot SEO, my first reaction to questions about this unbelievable perk is “Why not?” Small business owners,…

How to Choose the Ideas Your Company Should Invest In

My last post described how Innosight follows a three-stage process to evaluate investment proposals from outside entrepreneurs. But deciding how to invest in ideas at a corporation is a different beast. In The Innovator’s Guide to Growth we suggested that companies should create one-page “Idea Resumes” that capture the essence of an idea on a…