Tag Archives: Innovation

The Art of Work

This is my piece of art. Ok, it’s not Van Gogh but I enjoyed making it. It’s a picture of one of my ‘happy places’, sailing on the Norfolk Broads (you think this is bad, you should see the one I did of skiing..). The point is, it was the first time I had done painting […] Read More…

Why you shouldn’t aim for disruptive innovation

It’s the thing every Silicon Valley startup is aiming for. It’s the game-changer that’s going to turbo-charge their idea. It’s the thing that every CEO dreams of, part-nightmare, part-bliss. But can you really make it happen? As this article by Soren Kaplan explains, it’s not a new concept. Schumpeter coined the term ‘creative destruction’ back […] Read More…

The optimisation horizon

One of my first jobs was as a programmer for an Oil company. There were no computers, the title referred to the fact that we programmed the delivery of oil products to various depots around the country, where the road tankers would get filled to deliver to petrol stations and customer sites. I was responsible […] Read More…

Just enough process to survive.

Process. Can’t live with it, can’t live without it. When something goes wrong (I mean properly wrong, like Fukashima nuclear plant or the Deepwater Horizon oil rig), we are told it is due to processes being inadequate or missing altogether. But we’re also told there is too much process, too much red tape, and it’s […] Read More…

Lean creativity

“What the hell is that?” you are probably asking yourself. Well, it’s the juxtaposition of two topics that I wanted to talk about.  So it may be a new concept, or it may be linkbait. You choose! I am a big fan of the Lean Launchpad work of Steve Blank, Eric Reis and Alex Osterwalder, […] Read More…

Why is it so hard to do new stuff?

Today, we all need to innovate. You can’t just do what you’ve always done, you have to come up with new products and services, solve problems in a new way, create new ways of marketing your business, even re-invent yourself. We all know this. We also know it’s really hard. Often we tell ourselves we’re […] Read More…

“The Product is the Business”

This is undoubtedly true for some businesses today. Clearly, startups really only have ‘the product’, as their initial purpose is to discover product-market fit. It’s true for mobile phone manufacturers, as Blackberry and Samsung demonstrate in different ways. It’s also true for Apple and Google, whose latest product releases are eagerly anticipated. But what about […] Read More…

Henry Ford was not the visionary you think he was

“If I’d have asked people what they wanted, they’d have said a faster horse”. People (well, geeks and start-ups types) love to trot this quote out about Henry Ford. He didn’t use market research or focus groups, he saw a need people didn’t know they had. It shows what a great visionary he was. Only […] Read More…