Category Archives: American Express OPEN Forum

The Big Myth of Innovation

For my last article for the American Express OPEN Forum I thought I would go out with a bang and attack a controversial topic, something that people are starting to believe as an empirical truth. Something that I don’t believe … Continue reading

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Innovation And Entrepreneurship Fatal Flaws

Scott Painter, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of TrueCar, made a great comment at an innovation event put on by The Economist about how all ideas have a ‘fatal flaw’. But like all great insights, on the surface the audience … Continue reading

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Illusions of Entrepreneurship

Many of you out there are entrepreneurs, running small businesses (or big ones), struggling to make your business successful. But when did you first know that you were destined to be an entrepreneur? And what challenges or ridicule have you … Continue reading

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News from the Innovation Front Lines

I had the honor of keynoting last year at the Imaginatik Innovation Leaders Forum at the New York Stock Exchange in New York City. But, I also had the privilege of hearing great innovation leaders speak from a diverse set … Continue reading

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Little Black Book of Innovation

I had the honor of keynoting at the Imaginatik Innovation Leaders Forum last year at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City. But, I also had the privilege of hearing great innovation leaders speak from a diverse … Continue reading

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Building a Global Sensing Network

If the innovation war is just beginning, then you need to make sure you’re fighting it outside your organization — not inside. The old way of succeeding in business was to hire the most clever, educated, experienced and motivated people … Continue reading

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Is the Era of Innovation Over?

Is the era of innovation over? Or is the war for innovation just beginning? I came across an article in one of Canada’s main newspapers — The Globe and Mail — by Barrie McKenna titled ominously, ‘Has Innovation Hit a … Continue reading

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What is Your Innovation Equation?

Have you ever wondered why with all of the people trying to innovate, more innovation isn’t created? I’ll give you a hint… Often, something gets lost in the translation between what people think their customers want and what their real … Continue reading

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Managing Innovation Complexity

Ideas are easy; innovation is hard. Ideas are exciting, but innovation is scary because it is all about change. The changes required by minor innovations are easier for customers and organizations to absorb. But the large changes generated by major … Continue reading

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Staging an Innovation Party

In 2011, I was a regular contributor to the American Express OPEN Forum on the topic of innovation. Here is the first one of that year: Have you ever woken up in a cold sweat in the middle night from … Continue reading

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