Monthly Archives: April 2008

How to unearth growth by digging in the dirt.

My columns for Fast Company are being migrated to the new Fast Company.com website. In the meantime I’m posting as many of the originals as I can find here. Be aware that some of these go back to 2004 and … Continue reading

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Is M&A the new R&D?

A while ago I wrote a piece for Fast Company called An Evolutionary Approach to Innovation. The central idea was that Darwinism teaches us quite a bit about innovation. In particular, random mutations and adaptations caused by a particular local … Continue reading

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Why the Future Keeps Catching Us Out.

Why is it that some innovations score a home run, whereas others leave the field almost as soon as they walk on? The reasons obviously vary according to on the specific context, but two culprits are undoubtedly timing and the … Continue reading

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Have I got your full and undivided attention?

Life is speeding up and we are constantly inventing new ways to make things move even faster. But what are some of the consequences of this constant busyness? Are we losing our ability to think and properly relate to other … Continue reading

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The New Rules of Innovation.

Rule # 1 – None of us are as smart as all of us. The image of a lone genius slaving away in a dimly lit basement or garage is the traditional image of the inventor. However, according to Andrew … Continue reading

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Four things to get really excited about in the future

Is life getting better or worse? Reading between the lines in my local bookstore there certainly seems to be a new sense of doom and gloom in the air. Bitterness is the new black as they say. But is it … Continue reading

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Why the future of work could be child’s play.

People divide their lives into work and play. But a clever few realise that if you pick the right work it ceases to be work and becomes play. The trick is finding something that you are passionate about and then … Continue reading

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The future of Newspapers: why it’s not all bad news

Someone (I think it was Kevin Kelly) once said that in the future all media will be free – we will only pay for functionality and personalisation. I’d like to disagree – but I can’t. I can’t think of a … Continue reading

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The future of travel: where will we go and how will we get there?

The author William Gibson once said “the future is already here, it’s just unevenly distributed”. In the case of travel this is certainly true. The travel industry has experienced dramatic change post 9/11 but it is the Internet that has … Continue reading

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Why smart companies do dumb things.

My last column on the benefits of failure prompted one reader to ask whether the converse is true: “do successful companies sow the seeds of their own destruction?” Given that the average lifespan of a top 500 Company in the … Continue reading

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