Category Archives: Innovation

Me on Instagram? Surely not!




.. Talk for the Dubai government at Judge Business School at Cambridge University recently. https://www.instagram.com/mbrinnovation/?hl=en






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Celebrate Failure!




Bit of a thing going on here….whiteboards and blackboards turning into an obsession. Can’t quite see this working at a British University. Here’s something I wrote about the importance of failure 10 years ago. You don’t read about failure very … Continue reading






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Thought for Thursday




“And what was the true object of this superstitious stuff? A final clue came from “Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention” (1996), in which Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi acknowledges that, far from being an act of individual inspiration, what we … Continue reading






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Why Companies Die




Why is it that the average lifespan of an S&P 500 company in the US has fallen from 67 years in the 1920s to just 15 years today? And why might 75% of firms in the S&P 500 now be … Continue reading






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Why Companies Die




Why is it that the average lifespan of an S&P 500 company in the US has fallen from 67 years in the 1920s to just 15 years today? And why might 75% of firms in the S&P 500 now be … Continue reading






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The Future of You




Something light for the new year.                       1) New Year Resolution grid from Ian Fitzpatrick (via Artefact Cards). More about here 2) Love, work & money (i.e. career planning) by … Continue reading






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Why do some things get invented while others don’t?




Looking back over a few decades of dealing with innovators, large and small, there appear to be a few reasons why some ideas – and people – make it while others don’t. This is not an exhaustive list. Neither does … Continue reading






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Innovation Best Practice




Just been reading The Department of Mad Scientists by Michael Belfiore, which is about the work of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in the US. If you haven’t heard of DARPA, and most people outside the US haven’t, … Continue reading






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Thinking outside the box




This is fun. In a study of the physical embodiment of metaphors conducted by Angela K.-y. Leung of Singapore Management University, people who literally sat “outside the box”—a box made of cardboard and plastic pipe – produced 32% better answers … Continue reading






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Hot heads Vs. Getting Cold Feet




So I’m sitting in my home office freezing my feet off. It was 45 degrees C in Sydney a few days ago, so the image is for anyone down-under wanting to cool off. This has made my mind wander. I … Continue reading






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