How to scale value creation by building eco-systems

Can ecosystems be engineered or are they by default out of control of individuals? Can companies be founded on the explicit intent to nurture ecosystems of value creation? How do you counter disruption and turn it into a force for company growth rather than a ticking time-bomb of eventual corporate demise? From brands to ecosystems The opportunity…

Value creation in the age of the empowered consumer

Power is changing hands. Connectivity is changing how we communicate, the kinds of products we find valuable and the services that we prefer. For a long time audiences chose a product not because it was superior, but because the switching costs were too high. Users were ‘locked in’ – not because of active choice, but because of the…

How to find your calling and make mastery your mission

Recently I sat down with a friend who was very excited. She had applied to the MIT Media Lab and couldn’t wait to hear back if she had been accepted. An accomplished professional, she already had a masters degree under her belt, and could namedrop more famous institutions she had studied at than most of…

The full value of lead-user innovation

  Last week I had the pleasure to be at the Front End Innovation Europe conference, to give a key note on moving towards an eco-system of value creation with consumers. An interesting subject inviting speakers from a range of industries, this was bound to be a fascinating session. Prior to the conference the speakers…

The Lessons of Great Followership

Followership? Doesn’t have that sexy ring to it like leadership has. I’m ready to bet there are more blogs and posts out there (including on mine) devoted to what constitutes great leadership, than there is celebrating and pinpointing what makes good followership. Why could this be? Perhaps it is, because leading is what many people…

The Lessons of Great Leadership

There used to be a time when I was suspecting that I had a problem with authority. I didn’t have much respect for my boss at the time, and in general I was feeling very disillusioned. This is not a nice frame of mind to be in so one invariably begins wondering why things are…

The 7 Must-Do’s of Innovators

Having spent the last five years in front-end innovation and now moving into a new role managing an innovation process I have come across a few must-do’s when it comes to enabling innovation in companies. Innovation is one of those hip words that is back on the agenda after everyone has cost-cut their way out…

The Value of Stupid Ideas

On a plane yesterday I was once again indulging my habit of reading random magazines that I pick up at airports while killing time waiting to board. This time equipped with the latest edition of New Scientist (4th November 2006), I stumbled on a fascinating article about Francis Crick, the man who discovered DNA. Apparently…