8 things successful companies have in common

8 things successful companies have in common

Entrepreneurs aren’t immune from harsh reality but successful businesses have a number of things in common Always be qualifying There are millions of problems out in the world today that affect individuals, businesses, nation states and humanity as a whole and all of them have different impact levels. Problems can be as simple...

Read more
How to unseat an incumbent

How to unseat an incumbent

As someone who has successfully built a variety of businesses from nothing but a concept, the most recent being the 311 Institute, I am only too aware of how it can sometimes feel like you’re trying to scale a cliff to get to reach the customers at the top. You’ve...

Read more
How to build a high performance innovation team

How to build a high performance innovation team

The world we live in is changing at a dizzying rate and sectors including the energy, technology, entertainment, communications, finance, sports, manufacturing and engineering sectors are all experiencing change on a seismic scale. Many of the innovative advances of the past ten years, from smart phones to digital cameras have...

Read more
Everyone can learn how to innovate

Everyone can learn how to innovate

In today’s world there are far too many people who feel that the creative spark is just that. Over the past few years I have worked with hundreds of individuals and teams who have all felt that even mild incremental secondary innovations are beyond their capabilities but I’ve found that...

Read more
Innovation. Less brainstorming, more thinking

Innovation. Less brainstorming, more thinking

Most surveys today indicate that Research and Development executives are frequently disappointed in their ideation exercises and that they commonly complain that ideas aren’t actionable, aren’t relevant or simply aren’t economical. They also complain that ideas are insular, vague and can’t be scaled for the real world but ultimately it...

Read more
Using a War room to create disruptive innovations

Using a War room to create disruptive innovations

Your teams did their market research. They ran an array of consumer insight sessions. They found the customers real Need. They ran professional ideation and storyboard sessions. They created prototypes and performed market tests. They developed their go to market strategy. They executed their plan. Product sales fell dramatically short...

Read more
Using open innovation to gain first mover advantage

Using open innovation to gain first mover advantage

People keep asking me to define open innovation so it’s clear to me that plenty of confusion still reins around the topic so here I spend some time trying to ensure that we are all on the same page  about how it’s defined and how it ultimately relates to other terms such...

Read more
When you can’t innovate copy

When you can’t innovate copy

Nothing breeds copycats like a successful business venture. When a new business idea is incubated and executed successfully, cloners naturally emerge and imitate. To mitigate the investing risks associated with eroding market opportunities due to copycats, investors always look for companies with strong competitive resilience or those that are operating...

Read more
The future of Media and Entertainment

The future of Media and Entertainment

Entertainment has been evolving ever since the first multi cellular creature crawled out of the primordial soup and arguably its roots can be traced back to the very first hectic sibling tom foolery that gave our most ancient ancestors a safe arena to practice their survival skills. Since then however...

Read more
CIO Innovation Series: David Wilde, CIO of Essex County Council

CIO Innovation Series: David Wilde, CIO of Essex County Council

It’s a hot day, one of the rare few in London when I meet David Wilde, Essex County Council’s esteemed CIO for a round of coffees and a chat to discuss how he and his team are making a difference to the people of Essex and helping the County Council...

Read more
CIO Innovation Series: Mark Bramwell, CIO of Oxford Saïd Business School

CIO Innovation Series: Mark Bramwell, CIO of Oxford Saïd Business School

At first, stepping into Oxford University’s Saïd Business School’s campus, opposite Oxford train station is like stepping into an experience. Designed by Jeremy Dixon and Edward Jones, who also designed the London Opera House, the campus delicately blends classical outdoor architectural design, complete with amphitheatre, columns and cloisters and oak...

Read more
CIO Innovation Series: Mike McMinn, CIO of Marstons

CIO Innovation Series: Mike McMinn, CIO of Marstons

Marston’s, a 200 year old company operates over 2,000 pubs in the UK and while it’d be easy to categorise them as a hospitality company their CIO Mike McMinn firmly believes that they are, in fact,  a leisure company. When you’re building out the vision for your company, or the...

Read more
CIO Innovation Series: Nick Burton, Head of ICT and Digital at Belron Group

CIO Innovation Series: Nick Burton, Head of ICT and Digital at Belron Group

Despite having over 26,500 employees operating out of more than 34 countries in five continents, I’d suggest that Belron® is not a company you’re going to be instantly familiar with; but similarly I’d be very surprised if you hadn’t heard of, or even used the services of their most recognised...

Read more
CTO Innovation Series: Thierry Bedos, CTO of Hotels.com

CTO Innovation Series: Thierry Bedos, CTO of Hotels.com

With 85 global websites, over 25 million app downloads and 12 million user generated reviews Hotels.com, an Expedia Inc. brand, is one of the worlds’ leading online accommodation booking websites with over 300,000 listings ranging from international chains and all inclusive resorts to local favourites and bed and breakfasts. For the millions...

Read more