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 …

Venture business forecast: If just growth was linear

How good are you at making forecast about your company’s growth? Do historic figures weigh more than the current development stage of the company? Forecasting is a challenging exercise, among others because our brain keeps telling us that growth is a linear factor. Most people accept Moore’s Law (which States that the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles approximately …

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 …

What Kills Startups? Blackbox Report

Blackbox Releases Report/App To Help Founders It’s not easy being green — or an entrepreneur. The inherent risk in becoming an entrepreneur or founding a startup is high. Sleepless nights, sweat equity, bribing new users to come to your product — it’s all part of the nerve-racking, code-spinning, and teeth grinding process. That’s why most of these swashbucklers are pirates by …

Innovation scoreboard: Scandinavia on top, Denmark drops

The European Innovation Scoreboard 2009 which provides a comparative assessment of the innovation performance across 29 indicators. Of the EU27 member states, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Sweden and the UK are the innovation leaders, with innovation performance well above that the EU27 average. Of these leaders, however, Finland and Germany are improving their innovation performance, whereas Denmark and UK are stagnating. …