Innovation? Forget corporate metrics

If you make your innovation a hedging process – like we discussed here – then how do you lead and manage innovation? What are the particular ways of reversing the process to foster valuable innovation? Leading innovation and what is considered good leadership are not the same. The default conception of the leader’s role – setting out a vision and inspiring people to follow – works when …

Great power shifts to watch

Here are 10 trends to watch that will have a major impact going forward according to Thomas W. Malnight and Tracey S. Keys of IMD: 1. Social everything: New generations and their digital world stepping forward Social technologies are now a central part of everyday life and work. The social generations are reshaping companies from the inside, helping them to …

The ‘flow’ between strategy and execution

The only way a company will deliver on its promises is if its strategists can think like operators – and downplaying the link between a leader and a strategy, or failing to recognize it at all, is a dangerous oversight. This is the view of Cynthia Montgomery and, I believe, the most common view among executives. Interestingly enough, however, when asked what …

Not copycat. Not tropicalisation. But sound venture capital

The Economist describes in it’s article ‘VC clone home‘ venture capitalists who are making money by bringing old ideas emerging markets – and states that such a copycat business is not the real spirit of venture capital, which is supposed to ferret out and fund new ideas, not imitations. I disagree… Venture capital is supposed to create shareholder and stakeholder returns …

Engineering and product are still key to the very best companies

Do you find the following questions and issues interesting? If they were commented by Marc Andreessen? Could Zuckerberg have created Facebook if he weren’t younger than 30? About the philosophy that software is eating the world Can Spotify and Netflix be successful? What areas are particularly promising in the very near term? Is the perspective different as a VC than …