Watts The Frequency? – November 12th 2012


The 7th column in this series continues on the theme of innovation.  You can read it here:

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Sara Prevette’s slides from her keynote speach at the 2012 Creative Industries Symposium are available on slideshare here:

To continue on the subject of disruption another piece that didn’t make it into my column but is worth reading is from Whitney Johnson, an investor, author, and Harvard Business Review blogger:  http://blogs.hbr.org/johnson/2011/08/disrupt-yourself.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+harvardbusiness+%28HBR.org%29

Johnson outlines five ways in which you can disrupt yourself: 

1. Assess where you are, and go where others haven’t gone. 

2. Iterate on your business, and your life. 

3. Embrace your constraints.

4. Be impatient with wins that indicate that you are on the right track.

5. Start today. Dare to disrupt yourself.

Or, as Johson points out, you could always wait for the earth to move under your feet.

You can hear her full speech in this TEDx talk:

Derrick Harris’ Gigaom piece on growth and innovation is here:

John M. Eger’s huffington post article on becoming an innovation community:

Braden Kelley’s Eight I’s of Infinite Innovation:

and Kelley’s June 24th article on managing change:

Rowan Gibson’s Innovation Excellence piece featuring Nancy Tennant:

In this piece there is another worthy excerpt of Tennant :

“At the core of this strategy must be a broad-based vision of innovation embedment – a vision that is created and owned by the top team, that is accessible to all levels of the organization, that is both feasible and flexible, that can guide decision making, and that can be clearly and easily communicated. It must be based on a highly systemic view of the organization – a sense of connection, 
interaction and integration between all of the various parts of the system – where the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts. And it must enable each and every employee to understand the link between their own individual performance and the attainment of the company’s strategic innovation goal.”

Vijay Govindarajan and Manish Tangri’s HBR piece on motivation and competence:

Soren Kaplan’s piece on why power stifles innovation:

And a Dilbert strip, because it paints the picture so well of Kaplan’s point:


Stay Tuned.

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