Category Archives: Innovation

The Big Breakfast: An Invitation

I have four seats left at my upcoming ‘Big Breakfast’ meeting in central London on Thursday, 9 November, 7.30-9.30 am. The topic is ‘How Failure Can Help Accelerate Growth’ and we will be joined by Tim Wright. Tim is the … Continue reading

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5 Steps To Delivering Rapid Growth

When it comes to accelerating your business’s growth, pace is not about being reckless or taking unnecessary risks. There is a clear difference between pace and haste. If you try to reach top speed immediately, without going through the gears, … Continue reading

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The Innovation Imperative

There was a time, not that long ago when companies didn’t necessarily have an innovation-related objective on their strategic agenda. Instead, they would, for example, be focused on reducing costs, expanding geographically or creating operational excellence. It wasn’t that product … Continue reading

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25 Ways to Lead Your Market

In yesterday’s post – see here – I set out that you had to be #1 in your market, in some form, or risk your ability to grow and thrive. But what are the different ways you can lead your … Continue reading

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5 Strategies To Accelerate Innovation

Strategic advances are made when organisations become the first to find a profitable way to exploit new opportunities. These opportunities may be created by changes in customer tastes, technology, economics or other external factors. Critically, strategic advances are not made … Continue reading

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How DFS Step-Changed Its Level Of Customer Focus

Fast, agile companies are relentless in using customer feedback to drive improvements and to make the necessary changes to accelerate growth and performance. In my latest book, First & Fast, I met with Andrew Stephenson, who created a market-leading approach … Continue reading

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The Weekly Big Idea Review

Effective innovation is both a strategic imperative and a messy process of development, testing and refinement. If this process is to work, you need to have regular updates and reviews. One way of doing this that cuts the chain of … Continue reading

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The 4 Types Of Innovation

There was a time, not that long ago, when companies didn’t necessarily have an innovation-related objective on their strategic agenda. Instead, they would, for example, be focused on reducing costs, expanding geographically or creating operational excellence. It wasn’t that product … Continue reading

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How To Accelerate Growth – In One Paragraph

Want to know what to do to make your strategy actually happen? Want to know how to accelerate the pace of delivery and growth in your business? I think this quote from Michael Bloomberg’s autobiography, Bloomberg by Bloomberg, in which … Continue reading

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The Fear Of Failure Paradox – And How To Overcome It!

A retail CEO once invited me to the opening of a new concept store. The company had made a big investment in the new concept and so there were high hopes that this trial would succeed. The store looked great, … Continue reading

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