Tag Archives: Innovation

BCG report: The most innovative companies, 2016

BCG recently published its 11th annual global survey of the most innovative companies here (PDF, 1.1Mb). It’s brief (20pg) and not controversial. It highlights a few case studies – J&J, Cisco, BASF and Under Armour. See the list of top 50 companies. Consultantsmind opinions in red. No surprise you see FAANG companies (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google).… Read More »

Review: McKinsey- Digital America’s Tale of the “Haves” and “Have Mores”

McKinsey published a 120 page report on the digitization of America here (2.6Mb). Some critics might argue the two main arguments are a bit obvious: 1) digitization drives productivity and 2) those gains are shared uneven across industries, companies, and people. It is a story of the digital divide – the “haves” and the “have mores”. On the surface… Read More »

Whether you are a lion or a gazelle: when the sun comes up, you’d better be running

This is a quote first attributed to Dan Montano in the Economist, but was popularized by Thomas Friedman in The World is Flat.  Here is the full quotation here: Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes… Read More »

Uber is uber

Uber the taxi-technology company started in 2009 as a novelty for its co-founders and friends. Now it has a market valuation of $51 billion, has 1M active drivers, and operates in 330 cities. Read a Fast Company article here which is focused on the founder – Travis Kalanick – and what an intense, contrarian grinder his is. Major drive, early start-up… Read More »

Consulting: Idea fight club

I coined this phrase on my last project.  This is the simple admission that consultants should be confident in their ideas – backed up by data, research, and thinking – and be willing to allow their ideas to stand the testing of their peers, managers and clients. Ideas get stronger the more the are tested.… Read More »

What is a MOOC? Massively Open Online Courses

Two months ago I didn’t know what a M-O-O-C was. Now, I am convinced it will be the juggernaut that disrupts higher education. For the last 20 years, traditional universities have only given lip-service to online education. They may have put out a few extension courses here and there, but they largely forfeited the medium… Read More »

The Marshmallow Challenge: What kids can teach MBAs about innovation

Fascinating TED talk about innovation here. Teams of four are given sparse materials and asked to build the tallest structure they can in 18 minutes.  On average, kindergarteners do better than MBAs. The tykes do better because they prototype quickly and revise their designs.  (Un)surprisingly, MBAs spend too much time jockeying for leadership, and planning… Read More »