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Why Uncertainty Is Your Friend If You’re Looking For Big Returns Apr 18, 2023

It’s tempting to invest in areas that promise certain returns for a given investment. Unfortunately, by the time an opportunity has become so well understood that anyone could pursue it, it is well on the way to commoditization. To find big payoffs, you must be willing to explore high...

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Reengineering the Incubation Zone—For a Downturn - Reprinting of an original post by Geoffrey Moore business models coaching growth innovation transformation Apr 05, 2023

It's tempting to use the practices that yield predictable results to manage the innovation and transformation process.  Big mistake, according to our colleague and friend Geoffrey Moore.  Read on for insights.

Innovation is still not optional

In a prior post, written during the...

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Episodic Innovation innovation Apr 05, 2023

We know that to create meaningful innovations that can move the needle for the companies that sponsor them, attention, resources and commitment needs to be sustained. But in too many organizations, innovation gets started,...

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Playing With Fire - ChatGPT - A Reprinted Blog Post Originally by Steve Blank Apr 04, 2023

The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life.

John F. Kennedy

Humans have mastered lots of things that have transformed our lives, created our civilizations, and might ultimately kill us all. This...

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How Can We Help? advisory coaching Mar 15, 2023

When your customers’ cash dries up…

With all the turmoil surrounding the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, the pullback of Venture Capital money and other nail-biting financial moments, how should you deal with customers who suddenly don’t have the money to pay their bills? The...

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There’s an app for that – teaching discovery driven planning in the entrepreneurship curriculum education for instructors software Mar 02, 2023

I’m often asked whether it is possible to teach entrepreneurship – or more importantly – having an entrepreneurial mindset. Well, I can’t teach you passion or hard work. What I can teach you is how to de-risk projects and how to build the right kind of plan.

Fascination...

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Consultants can be angels, not demons - A reprint from Dialogue Mar 01, 2023

At Valize, we believe that the right amount of insight and experience can be a business accelerator.  This article specifies when using consultants like us can be a great use of time and money..

Paid advisors don’t deserve their bad reputation.

By Rita McGrath

Some things never go out...

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A Heartwarming Customer Service Story master the future permissionless Jan 24, 2023

The state of customer service across most of the economy is dreadful. A recent delightful experience at Patagonia proves that it doesn’t have to be that way.

The sad world of customer service

As I have written about elsewhere, the more automation we introduce into the customer service...

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Hollywood, Streaming And The Decline Of The Hit Driven Business Model business models transformation transient advantage Jan 18, 2023

People have been predicting the end of Hollywood as we know it for a long time.  Talking pictures were first dismissed as a novelty, then eventually embraced Television proved destabilizing for the studio system that  preceded it.  And now, Chris Moore, a...

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If Your Organization Operates As A Multi-Layer Bureaucracy, It’s Headed For Extinction masterthefuture permissionless transformation Jan 10, 2023

Happy New Year! 

Ram Charan and I co-authored an article just out in this month’s Harvard Business Review about how technology is creating the conditions for what we call the “permissionless” corporation. In it, we suggest that corporations organized...

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We had the Jetsons in 1962, and autonomous driving is still out of reach inflection points seeing around corners Nov 07, 2022

Gradually, then suddenly That’s the line that I borrowed from Ernest Hemingway to describe the progress of strategic inflection points.  They brew along for a long time – sometimes decades – before finally breaking through.  

The gradual, then...

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10 questions to ask before you believe in a business model discovery driven planning Nov 01, 2022

Some business models are inherently more attractive than others, yet investors and other stakeholders often don’t ask the obvious questions. Here’s a checklist that makes sure you are not one of them.

People like to make thinking about business models really...

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What does Ford's decision to drop Argo.ai mean for the future of autonomous driving? inflection points seeing around corners Oct 31, 2022

Big flashy billion-dollar investments. Leaders optimistically pronouncing totally unrealistic launch dates. Geeky engineers becoming the darlings of the moment. Yes, the story of Ford’s foray into autonomous cars has it all!

The autonomous driving bubble inflates

The Defense Research...

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When the mothership doesn't want it innovation transformation Oct 10, 2022

You would think that after funding and supporting people to develop innovative new ideas, that the parent corporation would want to take advantage of launching them.  Nope. Markets are full of concepts that didn’t fit the parent firm – either not consistent with their strategy or...

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When You Need To Quantify, But Really Don’t Have The Information - The BareBones NPV Tool Oct 04, 2022

Trying to figure out what a new initiative might do for you?  A traditional approach is the net present value calculation. This nifty little tool offers an alternative with just 9 input metrics.

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