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…

Why education needs a re-think and play is the answer

Last week I had the privilege to join the leading lights from the field of play, learning, child development and creativity gathering in the sleepy town of Billund, home of the LEGO Group and the LEGO Foundation, and dedicating three days to re-defining play and re-imagining learning. The Conference this year sought to make a break with…

Why I did an MBA

  As 2011 finally drew to a close and the New Year now beginning, I am looking forward to finishing my last module of the TRIUM Executive MBA program in New York, starting in a few days time. 2011 was quite an undertaking, combining full-time work with studies, and in the last two months, courtesy…

LEGO Architecture: a fan-created enterprise on the LEGO platform

  What is the ultimate form of lead-user innovation? That would be to enable lead-users to develop a product and set up a business on your company platform. Sounds outrageous perhaps, but exactly that is what Adam Reed Tucker of Brickstructures and the LEGO Group have pulled off together. LEGO Architecture was officially introduced in…

Leading creatives – who’s holding the pen?

  I have a confession to make. The possibly worst example of leadership I have ever come across was in design. A team of designers tasked with designing something, each wielding their pens in search of the solution, yet one person bent on undermining the whole effort by figuratively speaking holding the pen for all…

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 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…

Humble Leaders – An Oxymoron?

Someone once told me I was too polite to be a great leader. Asking people to do stuff and saying ‘please’ was apparently not a sign of setting strong direction and providing uncontested leadership. ‘Women often do that… apologising for giving orders’ they continued. Their argument was that ‘please’ opens things up for discussion and…