Tag: reinvention

The New 70/30 Rule of Inventive Thinking

The infamous 80/20 rule seems to permeate business literature. 80% of your profits come from the best 20% of your customers; 20% of your top people drive 80% of your revenue; 20% of your most productive time drives 80% of your productivity. While this magic ratio applies in many cases, there’s an important new kid […]

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How PepsiCo is Reinventing a Category with Bubly

Innovation is the hottest business buzzword, evoking images of bold tech startups taking dangerous risks to upend the sleeping giants. But what if you are the giant, or you’re in a traditional business such as hospital linens, automotive parts, or commercial food service? Can mature industries and businesses innovate forward, or is creativity only relegated […]

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Could Ford Have Dodged the F-150 Fiasco?

A fire at a key supplier has created a blaze of aggravation for the iconic automaker, Ford Motor Company. Ford made international headlines this week as the company announced a complete production shutdown of the bestselling vehicle in America, the F-150, due to a lack of mission-critical parts from a single supplier. As thousands of […]

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Avoiding Almost

He almost closed the deal.  She almost got that big promotion.  They almost won the championship.  Almost. Near misses can be especially frustrating, since you did almost enough work to make it happen.  When a pro football team carries the ball 90 yards down the field, that progress was the sum of great strategy, precision, agility, and powerful execution.  But when they fumble […]

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The Times, They Are a Changin’

Diplomacy with Cuba.  More mobile devices than people on the planet.  Cyber-attacks, not bombs, are the biggest threat to national security.  Retailers such as Amazon delivering merchandise via drones.  TV networks advertising when they actually have a scripted show. Who woulda’ thunk it? Back in early January of 1964, legendary songwriter Bob Dylan prophesied, “The […]

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Your Next Transformative Step

We all learned by second grade that caterpillars naturally progress to a more advanced condition. You can think of this as the ultimate personal reinvention and a good approach as you work to take your career to the next level. Charles Best, a history teacher at a Bronx high school, evolved into his own style […]

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The Irony of The Imitator Epidemic

Several original works by Picasso, van Gogh, Jackson Pollock and Renoir are worth more than $100 million each and continue to appreciate at a rapid pace. “The Card Players,” painted by Paul Cezanne, sold for $259 million in 2011, making it the highest amount paid for a painting in history. Collectors appreciate the artistry and […]

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Reinventing The Wheel

“Stop trying to reinvent the wheel,” Bob says in a snarky tone. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” Tell that to the researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology who designed the Copenhagen Wheel. Quite literally, they reinvented the wheel, the very device we’ve all been admonished not to disrupt. The Copenhagen Wheel fits on […]

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The Road to Reinvention

Dear weekly blog readers… It’s hard to believe it has been over three years since the launch of my book on creativity and innovation, Disciplined Dreaming. Today, I am thrilled to announce the debut of my new book, The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation. I’m proud of the work and truly believe […]

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A Slimming Story of Reinvention

Sara had enough of her dead end job.  After two abysmal attempts at the LSAT exam for law school admittance and a miserable three-month stint at Disney World, she responded to a billboard ad to sell office equipment and supplies.  After landing the gig, she was handed the Yellow Pages and instructed to sell $20,000 […]

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7 Deadly Sins of Leadership

With mounting pressure and competitive tension, you may be seduced into sloppy leadership patterns that can ultimately hurt your business.  In these challenging times, thoughtful leadership has never been more important and it is your responsibility to continuously refine your game.  Here are seven common traps to avoid: 1. Violate trust. This goes beyond straightforward lying, […]

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The Weekly Roundup – April 30, 2010

Your mind has hidden superpowers! What does the power of placebo pills have to do with realizing your dreams? Both depend on your mind. Your mind can take a sugar pill and cure cancer. And it can take an idea – say, a personal computer in everyone’s home – and make it a reality. It […]

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The Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup

Remember the old TV spots: “You got your peanut butter in my chocolate! No, you got your chocolate in my peanut butter! Delicious!” Two great tastes brought together to create something remarkable, as the slogan goes. Combining two distinct concepts in order to form an entirely new one is the root of The Reese’s Peanut […]

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Your Company, Version 4.13

The software world enjoys many gifts. Smart people. Lots of capital. High leverage. But one that should probably be celebrated more… the idea of “versions”. That’s’ right, versions. Software companies are in a constant state of reinvention. As soon as one version of their product is out, they start imagining the next. The goal each […]

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