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Innovation Mindset

The rationality of approximation

We all think that we are rational beings, but what if you shouldn’t be? Or more precisely, what if you shouldn’t share the same rationality as overs?

Philippe MÉDA, Innovation Strategist

Born and raised in the pharmaceutical playfield, I’m a senior consultant on innovation strategy with a solid grasp of tech and science, and I’m specialized in shifting and fast-evolving markets. I train 200 to 300 startups a year in various European and Asian ecosystems, consult for a dozen multinational on rupture innovation and corporate incubation. […]

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Innovation Strategy

How to build a McRib Strategy (Not)

I try to avoid talking mathematics when I address innovation strategy. As soon as I do it I’m victim of a very personal impostor syndrome (I’m not a mathematician) while realizing I’m going down deep, deep rabbit holes. As a matter of fact, when writing about Monthy Hall’s problems — which are key to understand uncertainty and innovation […]

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Innovation Strategy

Innovation doesn’t fit in a pipeline

Most of innovation programs that I encounter are still organized as R&D programs. We often call that the innovation pipeline fallacy. It’s mostly due to the fact that most organizations don’t get  that innovation is not R&D, and that consecutively innovation doesn’t fit in a pipeline.

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Innovation Mindset

Interview – A Community Builder Playing the Long Game at BNP Paribas

An interview of transformation leader Sophie Delmas from BNP Paribas. She is playing the long game of transformation.

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Innovation Mindset

Interview – A Pragmatic Pioneer with a Portfolio Approach at Thales AVS

Third in the series of interviews of Transformation Leaders. This time François Fournier from Thales AVS and his portfolio approach.

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Innovation Strategy

Why is your innovation program missing out the next market wave, again and again.

I’m often surprised to see leading companies with solid innovation programs, missing obvious market turnarounds. They record the same weak signals and trends that I do, they understand them as well or better than me, but they fail to properly act on them. In my experience, the key reason they fail and miss every new […]

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Consultancy

The design thinking craze

Natasha JEN formulates a very calm and articulate deconstruction of the designthinking craze. Just like open innovation, lean methodologies, effectuation, or intrapreneurship… design thinking is a methodology that is better at selling the idea that there is a one-size-fits-all solution to every corporate strategic hurdles, than actually delivering anything real.

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Innovation Mindset

So what’s next in business agility?

Innovation fads are coming and going every two or three years. They express how most companies are troubled about technology acceleration and markets transformation. Fair enough. But shouldn’t you pause and actually leverage what you explored before jumping to the next trend?

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Startup Strategy

The startup game and its metagame

Innovation is a game played at the startup, industry, and ecosystemic level. And the common resource of these games is vastly misunderstood. It’s risk.

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Added Value Focus

It’s time to let go of the canvas

The business model canvas has been adopted wordlwide by small and big organizations. In the end it only delivers sticky notes on a wall. Shouldn’t we aim higher than that?