Defining innovation - what does it mean for functional professionals?

Defining innovation – what does it mean for functional professionals?

‘Innovation’, ‘big data’, ‘the cloud’, ‘sustainability’, and the list goes on.  Business loves buzzwords.  There’s no two ways about it, every technology wave, or generation has it’s lexicon. I came across a great quote from Henry Ford’s autobiography in which he speaks about ‘making to order’: Ask a hundred people how they want an article…

So you think you're innovative? Prove it!

So you think you’re innovative? Prove it!

Are you really walking the talk? Can you measure your actions and see improvements? This article reveals survey results that cover issues like these — results that might inspire a second look at your organization… As organizations, we believe the future of the professions we represent will be greatly enhanced by our ability not only…

So how many meaningful business relationships do you think you can handle?

So how many meaningful business relationships do you think you can handle?

We’re probably all aware of the concept of ‘six degrees of separation’.  That we are all connected by six or fewer steps.  From a human perspective, in a world of 7+ billion people it sounds far fetched, however, having completed a course on social and economic networks I’ve seen the mathematical proof and been forced…

Food for thought - retailing business models

Food for thought – retailing business models

It’s possible that the food retailing business models reached a public tipping point today with the announcement by Morrisons that they had adjusted their strategy to compete more directly with the discount players.  Another of the large traditional players Tesco also recently indicated that they were also adjusting their profitability aspirations. The market has been…

Innovation that's music to our ears - commercial innovation in reality

Innovation that’s music to our ears – commercial innovation in reality

One industry that isn’t a stranger to commercial innovation is the music industry.  Taking recording formats as an example, since the late 19th century there have been several waves of advancement, including: –  Phonograph cylinder (1888-1920’s) –  Vinyl (1920’s – early 1990s ) –  Cassettes (Late 1970’s – early 2000’s) –  CD’s (1982 – )…

The Importance of Beta Feedback

The Importance of Beta Feedback

Increasingly we live in a society where we expect everything to be available instantly, 24/7/365.  Yet often we take for granted the time and effort that it has taken to achieve this for each individual product or service. On another axis the world is becoming increasingly interconnected and therefore more complex.  How many of us…