8 Principles to Build High-Performance Innovation Teams

On Strategic Agility and Organization Design Agile has taken project management by storm since the Agile Manifesto’s publishing in 2001. It promised self-managing, cross-functional teams iterating rapidly in response to customer needs. Companies listened as 94% of companies believe agility and collaboration are critical to their organization’s success. Yet only 32% of organizations are working to Read more…

Designing Strategy

Use this five-step design thinking process to design a more competitive and innovative strategy The lifespan of multinational corporations has never been shorter. Half of today’s S&P 500 firms will be replaced over the next 10 years in what will be the most turbulent decade in modern history. The old model of Read more…

A New Model for Wicked Problem-Solving

On Wickedness, Getting Stranded on a Desert Island, and a Giant Vortex of Trash Problems, Problems, Problems Let’s start with a fact. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch measures 1.6 million square kilometres and contains over 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic. This swirling vortex of human waste products is more than three times the Read more…

4 Principles of Ethical Strategy

Exploring a vision for socially responsible corporate strategy During a recent project on The Future of Personalized Healthcare, my team and I worked on an innovation strategy for a consumer genomics company. This company was making unethical decisions that was risking the company’s long term sustainability and consumer’s well-being and Read more…

Mapping a Business Model in 5 Steps

Systems thinking, spinning your flywheel, and using visual language to tell compelling stories Dave Gray in his book Gamestorming outlines what he calls “The Game of Business”. Basically, business is built around goals. Goals which set a tension between some initial point A, and some targeted future state B — the goal. Business Read more…

Designing for Emergence

Nassim Nicolas Taleb defines a Black Swan as an event that is high-profile, hard to predict, and beyond the normal realm of expectations. Black swans have a disproportionate effect on historical events because of their unpredictability, and how easily they can be rationalized in hindsight. I think this is a Read more…

The Entrepreneurship Competency Map

I’ve designed a tool anyone can use to assess how prepared they are skill-wise for the world post-2020. Disclaimer* The research is based off these models: the O*Net Content Model, the EU EntreComp Framework, and the specific skill names were taken from the World Economic Forum report on the subject. Introducing the Entrepreneurship Competency Map This Read more…

10 Skills for Effective Entrepreneurship

The new world requires a new skillset. Are you prepared? The first world is shifting towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Defined as the fusion of technologies which blur the lines between the digital, physical and biological spheres. With advances in robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, quantum computing, biotechnology, The Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing and autonomous vehicles characterizing it. In this new Read more…