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Designers, PLM, and the Problem of Change

In only one brief interview with a new product creative designer, it became clear the consumer products company was going to have significant problems with a strategic transformation. Hearing the reactions of senior leaders to the anonymous interview results only...

Eliminating A Bias to Failure in Innovation and Strategic Initiatives

It doesn’t really matter what it is: innovation and bringing ideas to market, buying and integrating an acquisition, IT initiatives, restructuring, new marketing programs, reinventing the supply chain, or you name it. From the get-go, large and small initiatives are...

Why the CEO's Strategic Stuff Often Fails to Deliver

The big strategic efforts that require internal change almost always fail to achieve the original objectives. Whether it’s an acquisition and subsequent integration, a needed change in the ability to innovate, implementation of a major ERP system or software platform,...

What To Do With Mediocre Innovation

Several of the businesses in two of my favorite industries had disappointing earnings releases over the past couple of weeks. They did pretty well in emerging markets, where their portfolio of products are “new”, but most of them struggled to...

Apple, Ahrendts, CEOs, and Workplace Transformation

Connect These Dots... starting with statistics about Apple ( AAPL ). Dot One. There are over 900,000 iOS apps in the App Store, there have been over 50 billion app downloads, Apple has delivered 800 billion iMessages, and they've delivered...

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