Category Archives: Innovation

Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address (with intro by President John Hennessy) – YouTube

Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address (with intro by President John Hennessy) – YouTube.

Of course, there will be a lot of people to talk about how truly unique Steve Jobs was. For me, he will be mostly remembered for his extraordinary commencement speech at Stanford in 2005: maybe more than a highly successful business man, he was simply a Great Person !

God bless him !

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From eGovernment to GaaS

We see them all over the place these days: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS),  Everything as a Service but GaaS, this was the first time I saw it in a paper and while reading it, it really started to make sense. GaaS or Government as a Service is the public sector implementation of “big data” on one side and “Everything as a Service” on the other side or IT innovation at the service of Citizens of all nations. This is a very ambitious and impressive public sector project where emerging countries like Kenya and Georgia are showing the way.

Interested? Read on…

Innovation in government: Kenya and Georgia – McKinsey Quarterly – Public Sector – Management.

Growth under pressure

It has been a while since the last time I read a courageous article about what the private sector shall do to support economic growth again. I finally found one on McKinsey: What businesses can do to restart growth

Enjoy !

It’s time to reinvent Management by Gary Hamel

Interesting 15min video during which Professor Gary Hamel navigates through the history of Management over the last 120 years. He then rightfully argues that yesterday’s management mantra’s do not work in today’s world of constant change and innovation. It is time to reinvent management, management for the future, management for the human beings. For him, management innovation will not come from Fortune 500 companies, it will come from the fringes and will become mainstream steadily over time. As employees, we can only wonder: How much time will it take for us to get there? Are we talking years or decades? Do we need a new generation of fresh leaders to see some of these disruptive ideas picking up and becoming main stream? Last but not least, how can we contribute to speed up that process? How can we become Management Innovation Champions?

If these questions ring a bell for you, then you should become a member of the Management Innovation eXchange forum: the MIX

Come and join us to grow the community of Management Innovators !

The Old Capitalism is dead. Long life to the New Capitalism !

We are all used to all kind of activists in favor of replacing the current system, whatever it is: economical, political… whatever.

However, when a renowned organization like Harvard Business Review (HBR) invites someone to talk about reinventing Capitalism. This may be an early sign that a wave of change may be coming and it may be bigger than we currently think.

No matter what happens next, well, it is not harmful to dream of a better tomorrow 😉

Is Google on the decline already?

In this 8min INSEAD knowledge video,  Silicon Valley veteran, Adeo Ressi, argues that there are clear market indicators that Google is on the decline already and the trend is here to stay as companies like Facebook and Twitter continue to make their way in the new connected world…

Effectuation Part 2 by IMD Professor Stuart Read

Interesting second video during which IMD Professor Stuart Read argues that managerial principles, models and theories learnt in business Schools may not enable entrepreneurship and support an entrepreneurial spirit but hinder it instead… Why? Because they overlook the personal dimension of most new ventures started off by a single individual as a personal project .

Here are some of the common questions an entrepreneur would go through when considering a new venture:

  • How much time and money am I ready to invest into it (no matter how compelling the business case may be)? If things do not play out as well as I anticipated, how much am I willing to lose personally?
  • How can I make the best use of what I already have and the people I already know?
  • Whom do I know in my surrounding that will want to put some skin in that venture with me?

Presented that way, it becomes a lot clearer why you do not need to hold a MBA to be a successful serial or expert entrepreneur. We often believe that successful entrepreneurs had a brilliant idea, which they were able to turn into a successful business. What we tend to forget is that very often the ultimately successful business had in reality very little to do with the original idea. What made the venture a success was actually less the original idea itself than the discovery and development process that the entrepreneur had to go through in order to do something with his idea.

That’s the fundamental principle embedded into “Effectuation”: Having an idea and doing something with it !