All Posts in Publications

September 27, 2016 - No Comments!

The power of constraints to drive successful innovation

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to hear innovation expert Larry Keeley speak at Singularity University’s Global Summit Conference. Larry is the cofounder of the design innovation firm Doblin, now part of Deloitte Consulting, and is the author of the insightful and comprehensive book, The Ten Types of Innovation: The Discipline of Building Breakthroughs. […]

September 12, 2016 - No Comments!

Are you ready to design a better business?

How do we become more innovative? How do we create new growth opportunities? How do we avoid being disrupted by a new competitor? To answer any of these questions, it’s essential to realize that innovation is not driven by a single great idea or the result of magical serendipity, innovation is a process of disciplined exploration. […]

August 23, 2016 - No Comments!

Your day job: Get out of the building and talk to customers

Recently I had the opportunity to speak with Alex Osterwalder, lead author of Business Model Generation and Value Proposition Design and founder of Strategyzer, about the importance of getting senior leaders to model and embrace the innovation process. Alex and I share a passion for helping business leaders learn that innovation is not a one-time […]

October 27, 2015 - No Comments!

Why isn’t innovation taught in the classroom?

Innovation is hard to teach because it’s inherently messy, unpredictable and team-oriented – which makes success hard to measure in a quantifiable way. This mindset is at odds with the traditional constructs of education, where students are taught to think and act in accordance with existing guides, chase down “right” answers, and are measured and […]

October 27, 2015 - No Comments!

The New MBA: Mastering Business Ambiguity

Source: Franzi Sessler, DMBA Student, Design Strategist and Creative Director Fifteen years ago, I earned a Masters in Business Administration from a top business school. I studied the prescribed disciplines of marketing, economics, finance, operations, organizational behavior and leadership through lectures, textbooks, case studies, and group assignments. I learned that marketing revolved around 4 P’s, […]