Month: May 2013

Embracing Innovation* – aka inviting the kid that no-one really likes to your party

(*Burning Platform required)

Embracing innovation is the corporate equivalent of inviting a cool kid you don’t really like to your birthday party. If they come to the party, you’ll probably be miserable. If they scorn you, you’ll look bad infront of all of your friends. Or at least, that’s the way it seems. **Spoiler Alert** The actual data shows that, given enough time, every successful big company innovates.

Startup-itis: A disease of the Corporate Hive Mind

Every time a major executive touts a company’s innovation intentions, they explain how they want to become more like a startup. And yet everything a big company is and everything it does are at odds with that goal. What startup traits, if any, should a big company adopt?

Let’s square that circle and see what startup traits a big company should actually try to adopt.