New Podcast Series Incite Innovation!

Incite Innovation is a podcast series designed to advance innovation leadership and inspire teams. Featuring Cheryl Perkins, it offers fresh insights and incisive guest interviews on key trends, practices, technologies, and ideas. Check out our first two episodes:
 
Episode 1 Collaborative Innovation, Partnerships, and Ecosystems for the Digital Age. How top companies build their networks to deliver complete customer experiences. Open innovation has grown up; what does it take to win today – and in the future?
 
Episode 2 Balancing Long-Term Growth with Short-Term Profits. How to make the business case; what to do when torn between big bets with high growth potential and maintaining the ‘bread and butter.’

Open innovation has grown up. What does it take to win today – and in the future?

How do you successfully build networks and ecosystems as your company moves beyond single solutions and one-to-one collaborations? And how do you tap into the digital capabilities of partners required to expand your market reach and delivery? Open innovation in today’s world has become more complex. Advances in information technology and connectivity have heightened consumers’

Six Keys to Balancing Short- and Long-Term Innovation Goals: How to Resolve Competing Demands

To survive in today’s hyper-competitive world, your company must stay on top of constantly changing markets, technologies, and socioeconomic factors. To be profitable, you must continually enhance and/or add offerings while controlling costs. To grow, however, you must go further – you need a forward-looking strategy and the infrastructure to execute it. You must focus on the top line as well

The Amazon effect on B2B – what should your e-commerce strategy be? Top 5 Considerations

We’ve been receiving more and more inquiries lately around e-commerce for B2C and B2B. For consumer-facing companies the online imperative and path are clear: strong searchability (Amazon presence is key), ‘frictionless’ commerce, competitive pricing, benefit-oriented product listings, fast delivery, and positive customer reviews all matter. Though implementing B2C strategy is not easy, there are many

E-Commerce Growth: Kroger Enters the Fray

The online shopping fray, that is. Kroger just announced its new e-commerce and home delivery push, Kroger Ship, which puts it squarely in the competitive race with Amazon, Walmart, Target,  and just about every other large US retailer. Its offering is necessary but seems a bit late and may not be enough. Their prices are relatively low and no membership is required. Delivery speed of two

Innovation and Growth Leadership Summit: What’s uppermost on leaders’ minds

  The Innovation & Growth Leadership Summit (IGL), held in Phoenix AZ, brought together a dynamic group of innovation leaders. Responsible for defining and executing growth strategies, participants shared many similar goals and challenges. Key takeaways: Differentiate by offering products that are personalized, premium, and make life better. Whether it’s multi-sensory, intelligent, or ensures health and

Selling Established Brands on Amazon – The 3 Most Important Success Factors

What is one of the fastest ways to reach more customers, tap new markets, and test new product concepts? If you guessed Amazon, you’re right. As e-commerce is becoming integral to companies’ go-to-market strategies, having an Amazon strategy is key. For many of our clients, the shift to selling on Amazon is a priority – and

Having a personal innovation strategy in a time of change

Do you have a “personal innovation strategy?” Do you need one? My friend Robert Tucker recently published a Forbes article on disruption, and why we generally associate it with companies rather than our own careers. He notes, “in a time of exponential change and dislocation, with job functions being automated and algorithms doing more of

Google’s 9 Principles of Innovation

Google is one of the most innovative companies in the world, because it actively pursues a culture of innovation. Google for years has worked to ensure that innovative ideas are continually flowing in order to position the company for success well into the future. What is Google doing, and how can we learn from their